Volunteer work for user experience

29 Jun 2010 - 5:38pm
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Prajakta Godbole
2010

Its very easy to find volunteering opportunities for web design and graphic design, but cannot say that for user experience roles. I want to know how to get voluntary user experience work. I searched online and could not find any. :(

Some background: I am in the process of moving to UX. That's why I do not have any real UX work to show in my portfolio. I have taken online Depaul HCI classes and can only show my homework assignments. I have done some Graphic Design and Web Design as well. I plan to put that in my portfolio.

If nobody offers voluntary UX work, how do beginners start to build their portfolio? Do they start with their own projects (this must be hard)? Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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29 Jun 2010 - 7:01pm
jonesabi
2006

I get a lot of start-ups (especially education, do-gooder sorts) asking if I can recommend someone for volunteer or relatively low-paying, for-a-good-cause UX work. If you're in the Bay Area, check out groups like Startup Drinks (http://sanfrancisco.startupdrinks.com/) and start socializing and making connections. 

Another way to build a portfolio is to take on some UX work at your current position or (even more time-consuming) build something yourself and show you you designed it, then optimized it.

29 Jun 2010 - 9:05pm
DavidMichaels
2010

I have several UX volunteer projects available.

David Michaels, J.D., B.Eng.(Mech) 416-239-1361

http://www.intelliguard.com 9netwave.com

29 Jun 2010 - 10:05pm
sudhindra
2004

Hi Prajakta,We can discuss this in detail offline. Please reach out to me at - sudhindra.v@gmail.com. I am in Bangalore. Where are you located?
Best Regards,
Sudhindra V. | User Experience Architect
IxDA Regional Co-ordinator, Asia
IxDA Local Co-ordinator, Bangalore
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