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Intro to the LA Design Community Resources

Resources from the Intro to the LA Design Community presentation at General Assembly on March 19 in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Intro to the LA Design Community Resources

  1. 1. Intro to LA Design Community Huge Tonight
  2. 2. Portfolio.
  3. 3. Your portfolio represents you. But you’re not always there to talk about the work.
  4. 4. Your designs should be relevant. vs.
  5. 5. Your designs should be timely.
  6. 6. Your designs should focus on the user.
  7. 7. Your designs should help you tell a good story. Users. Hurdles. Imperatives. Conclusion. Designs. Background.
  8. 8. For each include: 1. Role. 2. Process. 3. Passion.
  9. 9. Don’t have enough experience? Get it any way you can.
  10. 10. Make an improvement.
  11. 11. update
  12. 12. Help someone.
  13. 13. Friends. Family. Acquaintances.
  14. 14. update
  15. 15. Think blue sky.
  16. 16. Displaying your portfolio.
  17. 17. Keep it simple.
  18. 18. Finding the right design job.
  19. 19. Job boards. LinkedIn Coroflot Indeed
  20. 20. Employer insight. Glass Door LinkedIn Friends
  21. 21. Salary guides. Coroflot Glassdoor AIGA
  22. 22. Always ask for more. ;)
  23. 23. Interviewing.
  24. 24. Be prepared: Bring your work, and be ready to talk about it.
  25. 25. Be honest: Acknowledge your strengths and where you want to grow.
  26. 26. Be direct: Be clear about what you’re looking for.
  27. 27. Show some fucking enthusiasm.
  28. 28. “Do you have any questions you’d like to ask me?”
  29. 29. Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone you look up to.
  30. 30. Resources.
  31. 31. Email Newletters. Sidebar–5 interesting design links, daily http://sidebar.io MediaREDEF-curated mix of media+tech+pop content http://mediaredefined.com LaunchTicker-Tech + Startup news and announcements (paid) http://launchticker.com Quartz–World news (daily) ProductHunt–New Products/startups http://producthunt.com
  32. 32. Groups and events. AIGA-Professional association for design, Los Angeles chapter IxDA-LAChapter-Local and global events UXPA-LAChapter-1,900+ members, events like World IA Day LAUXMeetup-3,000+ members, Regular events (workshops, lectures, mixers) SouthernCaliforniaWebDesignersandDevelopers-1,400+ members CreativeMornings-A great monthly event series to stay inspired HugeLAMeetup-We bring in a range of speakers from the community DRAFT.LA-A creative event series for designers hosted by Noun Project
  33. 33. Education. GeneralAssembly-Classes like Intro to UX, 12 week courses on UX UCLAExtension- User Experience Certificate Program CalStateFullerton-User Experience Certificate Program ArtCenterCollegeforDesign(Pasadena)- Undergrad, Grad and public programs. TheDSchool,InstituteforDesignatStanford-Virtual Crash Course, no degrees HugeSchool-Paid apprenticeship program in NYC
  34. 34. Blogs. Little Big Details - Your daily dose of UI inspiration http://littlebigdetails.com/ IxDA Mailing List Discussion - Active discussion list with many experts weighing inhttp://ixda.org/discuss.php Boxes and Arrows - High quality articles and podcast interviews http://www.boxesandarrows.com/ Smashing Magazine – Deep-dive into more advanced UX topics http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ Experientia - This blog has good curated content from a wide variety of sources http://www.experientia.com/blog/ Uxmatters - Articles on all things UX http://uxmatters.com/ A List Apart - Articles on everything from the industry to design to coding http://www.alistapart.com/ Signal vs. Noise - Thoughts from the guys at 37 Signals http://37signals.com/svn/ Information Aesthetics - A blog focusing on interesting information design and visualization http://infosthetics.com/
  35. 35. Questions?
  36. 36. March19, 2014 Intro to the LA Design Community

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