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Slides from a talk I gave on 9/1/2013 about starting a design career in San Francisco. SF can be a tough place to be a successful designer. I wanted to share what I've learned about relevant meetups, ...

Slides from a talk I gave on 9/1/2013 about starting a design career in San Francisco. SF can be a tough place to be a successful designer. I wanted to share what I've learned about relevant meetups, events, tips for creating a design portfolio and resources to take a deeper dive.

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  • STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SAN FRANCISCO Megan O’Rorke GA Instructor, Designer in Residence 9/1/2013 Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF MEGAN O’RORKE • UX Designer since 2006, experience with big companies and SF startups • Worked with GA at the start of UX classes in SF in 2012 • www.linkedin.com/in/meganororke • megororke@gmail.com • @leggomymego Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF RELEVANT MEET UPS Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF • Funders & Founders, Startup Digest, Bootstrappers Breakfast, SF New Tech • IXDA meetup.com/IxDA-San-Francisco, BayCHI baychi.org • Designers and Geeks meetup.com/designersgeeks • Lean UX meetup.com/Lean-UX-San-Francisco • CASCADE meetup.com/cascadesf MEET UPS Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF • Interaction 13 • SXSW Interactive • Tech Crunch Disrupt • Angel Hack, Signal Fire • Start Up Weekend Bay Area • iOS Dev Camp, BeMyApp Weekend CONFERENCES/HACKATHONS Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF • Y Combinator • Techstars, Kicklabs • 500 startups, YetiZen • Hub ventures, AngelPad INCUBATORS/ACCELERATORS Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF • GA, Dev Bootcamp • SV Forum, Founder Institute • Designers and Geeks • Startup Grind • Parisoma • Failchat CLASSES/TALKS Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF DESIGN PORTFOLIOS Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF THINKING THROUGH THE DESIGN Deliverable System Assets Version 5 published July 24, 2009 by Nathan Curtis (nathan@eightshapes.com) 67 of 136 Persona, Data Driven Key Characteristics [Key Charactieristic] [Key Charactieristic] [Key Charactieristic] [Key Charactieristic] [Key Charactieristic] [Key Charactieristic] [Key Charactieristic] [Key Charactieristic] Goals [Goal} [Goal} [Goal} [Goal} Questions [Question] [Question] [Question] Influencers [Influencers] [Influencers] [Influencers] Applications [Applications Used] [Applications Used] [Applications Used] [Applications Used] Frustrations & Pain Points [Frustration and Other Issues] [Frustration and Other Issues] [Frustration and Other Issues] [Frustration and Other Issues] [Frustration and Other Issues] [Frustration and Other Issues] [Frustration and Other Issues] PHOTOGRAPH [Name] [Role or JobTitle] [Age] “[Representative Quote] Am qui te tat velit in endit dionsent ad dolor iustin ex et ing eugiamet, quiscilit irilis nosto conse consequat.” [DescriptiveText] Am qui te tat velit in endit dionsent ad dolor iustin ex et ing eugiamet, quiscilit irilis nosto conse consequat augue veliquis alit alismod tat, commodolorem eugue min.Ipit el dolor augait il dolor at in ute consectet vel ulput alit accum veliquat in ver sim ea feugait aliquatum aci ex euismodolore et lorem euipis dolendre feu facin ute magnisl eum dunt ut praestrud doloreet prat,i ex euismodolore et lorem euipis dolendre feu facin. 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Mincidunt atie diatue commolortio diat, sisci bla auguera esequat ipit lor sed tis exero odit nisciniamcon utem eum quis ad tatuerc ipismodolor iriureriurer sum ip eu feugait erciniat prat venit prat ad doluptatue volorem delessectem veliquip et dolore conse miniame tumsandre vendre conullamet iriliquisi bla feugait ullamco nsectetummy nonsequip enim nos do 1 2 3 4 5 Knowledge Activities and Interest [KnowledgeCateg.] [KnowledgeCateg.] [KnowledgeCateg.] [ActivitiesCateg.] [ActivitiesCateg.] [ActivitiesCateg.] [ActivitiesCateg.] [ActivitiesCateg.] [ActivitiesCateg.] [ActivitiesCateg.] [ActivitiesCateg.] [ActivitiesCateg.] Lifecycle: Jan Jul Dec Month Credit:ToddWarfel,messagefirst.com Deliverable System Assets Version 5 published July 24, 2009 by Nathan Curtis (nathan@eightshapes.com) 68 of 136 Persona Detail ReplaceWith Persona Photo [Spectrum Name; e.g. Income] [Spectrum Name; e.g. Age] [Spectrum Name; e.g. Internet Use] [Spectrum Name; e.g. Cost Sensitivity] [Spectrum Name; e.g. Health Conciousness] [Persona Name] [Persona attribute] [Persona attribute] [Persona attribute] [Persona attribute] [Alice is...nderat quamenis aut volesti omnis estius. Abore comnimet iunt la qui occum vent lab id quosti aruptasimint venime modi con nusaperi od enia int volente dolupti berovit iorectat officitio es peratqui quos qui aut quam, corerch illest, sin cus sitem as sant audae essequi diciisint utecto bla dolupiendi alique] [Alice is...nderat quamenis aut volesti omnis estius. Abore comnimet iunt la qui occum vent lab id quosti aruptasimint venime modi con nusaperi od enia int volente dolupti berovit iorectat officitio es peratqui quos qui aut quam, corerch illest, sin cus sitem as sant audae essequi diciisint utecto bla dolupiendi alique] Fugitatiur reperferum dolent, eaqui net quo ea quaspere, imolori osaped ut aut harumque in nia et ma quae nia dolut rero et quibustion num voluptatesti qui dit acerum, si remo omni volliti doles es magnis nobitat iorempor as quid magnatus sitasit que eaquisci ipsuntemque nem hillaut eum in pedit lab ipsam volupta debis sum voles si que laborpores quae. Nam sit ute nonsed qui que pliciti ntiatur magnatiur, omnis et abore voluptati consedi psandia dollore simoditas et alitates magnatq uatusdae. Genis dentia doles sapicabor re rerciist est, core volore doluptaspere non res ea nem volecta tinus, ius ime aped ut evellorrum que rest, offici consequis esciur sumet quia sin pa aut pre eossecae aut aut modi ut apere estius adi conempos evelitate elicide non nusdae eos experep reriassum faccabo. Ihil iunt, omnis niscimaxim qui rerum latium faceres sequi tesequideri doluptinto totae nist, siminventium [Alice is...nderat quamenis aut volesti omnis estius. Abore comnimet iunt la qui occum vent lab id quosti aruptasimint venime modi con nusaperi od enia int volente dolupti berovit iorectat officitio es peratqui quos qui aut quam, corerch illest, sin cus sitem as sant audae essequi diciisint utecto bla dolupiendi alique] Fugitatiur reperferum dolent, eaqui net quo ea quaspere, imolori osaped ut aut harumque in nia et ma quae nia dolut rero et quibustion num voluptatesti qui dit acerum, si remo omni volliti doles es magnis nobitat iorempor as quid magnatus sitasit que eaquisci ipsuntemque nem hillaut eum in pedit lab ipsam volupta debis sum voles si que laborpores quae. Nam sit ute nonsed qui que pliciti ntiatur magnatiur, omnis et abore voluptati consedi psandia dollore simoditas et alitates magnatq uatusdae. Genis dentia doles sapicabor re rerciist est, core volore doluptaspere non res ea nem volecta tinus, ius ime aped ut evellorrum que rest, offici consequis esciur sumet quia sin pa aut pre eossecae aut aut modi ut apere estius adi conempos evelitate elicide non nusdae eos experep reriassum faccabo. Ihil iunt, omnis niscimaxim qui rerum latium faceres sequi tesequideri doluptinto totae nist, siminventium facerum fugia cum recatium sitate ipis sum volum doluptis modipsapid quam, Secondary Scenario Primary Scenario Goals [Want to accomplish...] [Want to accomplish...] [Want to accomplish...] [Want to accomplish...] [Want to accomplish...] Pain Points [Things that suck] [Things that suck] [Things that suck] [Things that suck] [Things that suck] Projects & Initiatives [Things/Stories] [Things/Stories] [Things/Stories] [Things/Stories] [Things/Stories] Credit:WillEvans,semanticfoundry.com Deliverable System Assets Version 5 published July 24, 2009 by Nathan Curtis (nathan@eightshapes.com) 78 of 136 Comparative Feature Grid Credit:IzacRoss [Comparison description ostin utpatinci blaortio del endre doloreros dipit acin ullamet aliquisl illaore euis dolore velenis del utem dolor suscinis do exero od ex ex et il irilit alis adio odolobo rtisis dolore con vel il irit iurer ad mod dolortie] Task Result Incomplete Complete with Difficulty Complete without Difficulty Tasks 1 [task description] 2 [task description] 3 [task description] 4 [task description] 5 [task description] 6 [task description] 7 [task description] [Design Alternative 1 Name] [Design Alternative 2 Name] [Design Alternative Screenshot] [Design Alternative Screenshot] A B C D E Participant A B C D E Participant Deliverable System Assets Version 5 published July 24, 2009 by Nathan Curtis (nathan@eightshapes.com) 82 of 136 Criteria.Two-by-Two Description Ommy nosto eriurer ciduisim dolorem ercip ex eraesse elenibh elisit velit nos nullan utat. Ut utet aut ipsummy nonsequat, venibh ea corercilisit ad erit volore delis augiat velit voloreet, sit amet lum ad min utetuercilit autating ea consed dio odigna conullu tpatum incincil utatis adiat, volore dignibh ex eu feumsandre corem incing erostrud tin vulla ad et loborem zzrit vel er at dolore vulput luptatio delestie min henim nisit lut volorper sectet, si. AttributeAttribute Attribute Attribute Site Site Site Site Site Site Site Site Site Site Site Site Site Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF PORTFOLIOS Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF PORTFOLIOS Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF PORTFOLIOS Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF AGENCY VS STARTUP VS FREELANCE Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF PROS AND CONS OF WORKING WITH RECRUITERS Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF • Creative Group • Aquent • 24/7 • Vonchurch • Giant RECRUITERS Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF GENERAL ASSEMBLY UX DESIGN IMMERSIVE Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF YOUR BODY AS SEEN BY YOUR BRAIN; THE CORTICAL HOMUNCULUS Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF DISCOVERY, DEFINITION OF Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF DISCOVERY, DEFINITION OF An analysis of the problem space. ★ It gives us an opportunity to find out where people have had pitfalls or successes, and to learn from other people’s experience. Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF DISCOVERY, DEFINITION OF An analysis of the problem space. ★ It gives us an opportunity to find out where people have had pitfalls or successes, and to learn from other people’s experience. In-class exercise ★ I want to make something that lets people follow content. Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF DISCOVERY, DEFINITION OF An analysis of the problem space. ★ It gives us an opportunity to find out where people have had pitfalls or successes, and to learn from other people’s experience. In-class exercise ★ I want to make something that lets people follow content._ You or Us? Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF DISCOVERY, DEFINITION OF An analysis of the problem space. ★ It gives us an opportunity to find out where people have had pitfalls or successes, and to learn from other people’s experience. In-class exercise ★ I want to make something that lets people follow content.______ For how much? By when? _ You or Us? Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF DISCOVERY, DEFINITION OF An analysis of the problem space. ★ It gives us an opportunity to find out where people have had pitfalls or successes, and to learn from other people’s experience. In-class exercise ★ I want to make something that lets people follow content.______ For how much? By when? On what platform? Is this the first? _______________ You or Us? Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF DISCOVERY, DEFINITION OF An analysis of the problem space. ★ It gives us an opportunity to find out where people have had pitfalls or successes, and to learn from other people’s experience. In-class exercise ★ I want to make something that lets people follow content.______ For how much? By when? On what platform? Is this the first? ______________ _______ who? how many people? what kinds? _ You or Us? Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF DISCOVERY, DEFINITION OF An analysis of the problem space. ★ It gives us an opportunity to find out where people have had pitfalls or successes, and to learn from other people’s experience. In-class exercise ★ I want to make something that lets people follow content.______ For how much? By when? On what platform? Is this the first? ______________ _______ who? how many people? what kinds? ...and? find, consume, comment, collect, use, feel...? ______________ You or Us? Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF DISCOVERY, DEFINITION OF An analysis of the problem space. ★ It gives us an opportunity to find out where people have had pitfalls or successes, and to learn from other people’s experience. In-class exercise ★ I want to make something that lets people follow content.______ For how much? By when? On what platform? Is this the first? ______________ __________ where does the content come from?text? what kinds? _______ who? how many people? what kinds? ...and? find, consume, comment, collect, use, feel...? ______________ You or Us? Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF • Designer fFnd designerfund.com • Hackathons quora.com/San-Francisco-Bay-Area/What-are-the-hackathons- taking-place-in-the-Bay-Area-during-2012-13 • Incubators angel.co/incubators, www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/ 2012/04/30/top-tech-incubators-as-ranked-by-forbes-y-combinator-tops- with-7-billion-in-value/ • Startup job sites like startupjobs.com & Co-working locations ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Tuesday, October 8, 13
  • INTRODUCTION TO STARTING A DESIGN CAREER IN SF • Startup Digest startupdigest.com • Stay in the loop on upcoming workshops and classes: generalassemb.ly ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Tuesday, October 8, 13