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How a mentor can help you master design faster

Creativity

Mentor

How a mentor can help you master design faster

As a fumbling art student during college, I used to create installations out of ephemeral and toxic materials, like resin, eggs, fiberglass insulation, and dead bees. It was during this time of messy (and smelly) experiments that I encountered a life-changing mentor — sculptor and art professor, Ed Love. While mentors are referred to in multiple ways — coach, advocate, guide, facilitator, adviser, guide, guru, counselor, tutor, consultant — a common thread of approach is highlighted in this quote by the poet Robert Frost about mentoring, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” ... Read more

Introducing Course Rubric and Project Approvals

Designlab

Product Updates

Mentor

UX Academy

Introducing Course Rubric and Project Approvals

Back in May, we launched our revamped UX Academy program. It included a major update to the course curriculum, as well as the addition of Group Crits and Career Services. But there were also more granular improvements to the Designlab platform, including the introduction of two new assessment features: a course rubric, and project approvals.... Read more

Designing The Student-To-Mentor Feedback Process At Designlab

Product Updates

Mentor

As an online education platform devoted to teaching design skills through hands-on practice and 1-on-1 mentorship, we think a lot at Designlab about what it means to be a good teacher. Faced with increasing demand for our courses, we recently realized that we needed to answer an important question: how can we provide quality mentorship experiences at scale? We took this design problem and, applying our UX design thinking process, undertook a product sprint to find the right solution.... Read more

How To Give And Receive Design Critique Well

Tools

Visual Design

Creativity

Mentor

UX Academy

It’s pretty unusual to find someone who enjoys critique. In this article we’ll look at what critique is, why it matters, and why we should all learn to love and cherish it. We’ll explore what is involved in conducting a good design critique, and outline some key principles for how to give good feedback to others. In conclusion, we’ll offer a few words on how to receive critique well, and look at a 10-point checklist to help you next time you’re invited to comment on somebody’s work.... Read more

Meet Designlab Mentor Patrick Multani

Designlab

Mentor

It was curiosity - and potentially the promise of a new computer - that initially drew Patrick Multani to design... but it hasn’t been products that have kept him interested in the field. Instead, it’s the opposite. Patrick loves how design can inspire ideas and create change. He’s working to help rethink and shape the future of education - and serving as a mentor and community lead with Designlab is part of his journey. ... Read more

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