As the end of the year rapidly approaches, many of us will be thinking once again about what comes next. Whether continuing study or moving into the full time workforce, everyone can benefit from further developing skills that will improve our employment prospects as we move forward with our career. While the experience and skills that employers are looking for vary depending on the position, soft skills like work ethic, attitude, and communication are valued across the board. Soft skills […]
This core77 article gives some valuable insight into what employers are looking for from design interviewees. Here are a few of the highlights: “One designer began by highlighting one of Smart Design’s company values. They proceeded by showing examples of how they did the same throughout various projects. It showed they understand what we do here.” “Just show your best work; in this case, less is more. You’re better off leaving the interviewer impressed.” “Self-edit by reviewing your portfolio page-by-page […]
“Drawing is not about representation but about thinking. Trying to understand what you’re looking at … The brain sends a signal to the hand and the hand sends one back and there is an endless conversation between them.” – Milton Glaser This article talks about the importance of sketching within the design process for generating unexpected ideas. Sketching is something that designers increasingly lose sight of as they become more reliant on digital technologies. The article discusses how sketching that demonstrates thinking and […]
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In our second video of the Industry Interview Series, we talk to Rob Mayo – Customer Experience Specialist – about his involvement leading the Year 3 service experience design brief. As a customer experience specialist, Rob has worked for an array of different companies and organisations across the globe including his most recent work with Auckland Transport. The brief for the Year 3 students was to improve the Auckland Rail experience for it’s users through product and service interventions.
To highlight the department’s growing relationship with industry partners, we’re developing a new video series of short interviews with the various companies and consultants who’ve been involved with student projects. In our first video we hear from Sheena Denmead about her involvement with the Year 2 camping brief, as well as her role as Senior Equipment Designer at Kathmandu.