Interaction Design (IxD) defines the structure and behavior of interactive systems. Interaction Designers strive to create meaningful relationships between people and the products and services that they use, from computers to mobile devices to appliances and beyond. Our practices are evolving with the world; join the conversation.
Become a Mentor
Your expertise and experience can help those just learning about Interaction Design, and acting as a mentor can be a rewarding and reflective experience. IxDA is an entirely volunteer-driven organization and we welcome your participation and interest in acting as a mentor.
We're especially open to mid-career mentors; practitioners with all levels of experience have something to offer others. Be aware acting as a mentor requires a large amount of time and dedication; you'll need to meet with your mentee at least once every few weeks (on the phone, in person, or via chat) and help them set - and achieve - goals. Consider if you actually have the time to dedicate to this before volunteering, as there's nothing more disappointing than a fly-by-night mentor.
In addition to a time contribution, a mentor might contribute:
- Project guidance and support. Many of our mentees have questions about the quality of their work, the artifacts they make, and the processes they are asked to utilize in a workplace. Your input and guidance related to these items will help them increase their abilities.
- Career guidance and support. Our mentees often have questions about how interaction designers grow, acquire new skills, and achieve a leadership position in a company.
- Portfolio and job guidance. Some of our junior mentees simply need a direct critique to help them make their portfolios better, as they apply for various interaction design jobs and positions.
- Networking. All of our mentees can benefit from your established network of contacts.