Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard

— Tim Notke

high school basketball coach

Predicting 2018 design job titles

Chris Courtney

Director / Design Program / Bloc.io

@designhawg

How to design designers

Chris Courtney

Director / Design Program / Bloc.io

@designhawg

slides available at bloc.design

CHRIS

mentorship > classroom

one-to-one beats one-to-many

problem

how to consistently produce great outcomes with so many unique inputs

problem

how do we
design job-ready
designers???

process

experience

expectations

focus

part 1

process

Process understanding is the most important thing I look for in a entry-level designer

— NBC Sports
define: process

how do all the parts fit together?

JUSTIN

While he had no professional experience, his process understanding and thoughtfulness stood out

justin: update

landed first job in 2015, was recruited by his manager to follow him to a new company in 2016

justin remains active
in the bloc design community

part 2

experience

The ability to defend their work, incorporate feedback, and understand the client’s overall goals.

— IDEO

MEREDITH

meredith: update

landed first job in 2016, startup folded 8 months later.

was out of work for one week before being hired at halliburton.

meredith remains active
in the bloc design community

part 3

expectations

problem

how society defines graduation

challenge

find job +

continue to grow

the best students never focus on graduation

the best students focus on growth

SAM

tinker

computers

law

design

research

we are always at the beginning of our journey

teachers, mentors...
are the model

sam: update

landed with mozilla and splits her time between the New York Times and Washington Post

sam remains active
in the bloc design community...
as a mentor

part 4

focus

part 4

desired amount
of focus

Strong point of view, willingness to participate in and incorporate research into their work, demonstrated collaboration...

...willingness to challenge received information, ability to ask questions, ability to present work, systems thinker...

...Not identifying their skills with a particular tool.

— Mule Design
job-ready designers

generalist > specialist

Research +

Visual +

Code

Problem Solver

JUSTIN

MEREDITH

SAM

forever curious

5. UX developer

4. Front-end researcher

3. Problem solver

2. Fallout shelter architect

1. Webmaster

questions?

@designhawg

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