Things have been crazy busy at school. I thought I'd recap the last couple weeks, giving a bit of insight for those considering going to school here:
Two weeks ago we held our Spring recruitID with a whole range of companies coming in to interview students for full-time jobs and internships. I was lucky enough to meet with nine organizations, both companies and consultancies, and came away impressed with them all. Interestingly, there was one company and two consultancies looking to bring innovation and design planning into their organizations for the first time and came to ID to talk to students, learn more about the program and see how they can dip their toe in the water as they look at adding these capabilities. This just helps reaffirm my decision to come to school here, as it reflects the increased interest and opportunity for design thinking.
Last week was the end of our first quarter, or A Session, so all of us were scrambling to wrap up projects and refine presentations for classes. For me, this included a super interesting project for my Design Analysis class focused on the growing car market in India and, in Larry Keeley's Strategic Design Planning, we presented killer recommendations on new functionality to the team at Chicago Public Radio's vocalo.org, a radical experiment in engaging younger people with pubic radio.
This week is Intersession, during which I took Physical Human Factors, taught by Stanford professor Bill Verplank, who is fantastic. Funny, engaging and smart as a whip. He's done some amazing work including at Xerox on the graphical user interface. He's also known for his drawings as he talks and presents, with one of his drawings on the cover of Bill Moggridge's book Designing Interactions. I received permission to write a post about a couple of his drawings he did for us in class, which will be upcoming.
They keep you busy here at ID but I wouldn't have it any other way. Just recapping all this in a post makes me sit back with a grin on my face at the exposure, experience and knowledge I'm picking up.
How cool is that?!