I am very new to IxD and have been doing a lot of research lately to look for similar programs to Umea's Industrial Design Intensive. I'm about to graduate with a BS in business/economics, and have very limited design education, thus looking for some sort of grad school prep program. Also, the program doesn't require any professional experience or a portfolio for admissions.
In this four-day workshop, our industry experts will guide you through
the goal-directed design process we use to create useful, meaningful,
impactful digital products and services. You will partner with
designers, engineers, and product managers from around the world to
address a specific real world challenge for local nonprofit. Cooper U
educators and nonprofit representatives will review final concepts
presented by small teams and donate $1000 to the nonprofit in the name
of the winning team.
I've been considering Adaptive Path's UX Intensive, but have heard
conflicting reports about it's value. Here's my situation:
* Sole UX Designer for an early dot-com startup
* First time holding the title of "UX Designer"
* 8+ years of web design experience (visual design & front-end
* Have worked in freelance, agency, and in-house environments
* Poses many of the soft skills (aka instinct, intuition, etc.) but
lack some hard skills (aka formal training, methodology, "lingo",
Is the UX Intensive right for me? Or should I look elsewhere?