Welcome to IDSA NL roundtable!
Chris Ference (RIT Student)
What’s up ID crew?
Hi! Everyone! Thanks for tuning in!
Please get your thoughts in the chat here, we have six questions that we're starting with and then we'll be asking your questions.
WOO! discord represent
Another great one is the core77 forums! Forums.core77.com …. Huge searchable discussion forum with 10,000+ members
Tell us more about Discord, Nicholas!
this might be addressed at some point, but how do you make the most of the connections you make once you make first introductions?
the minor details discord is from the minor details podcast (dutillo and dave have both been awesome guests on the podcast), link on @minordetailspod
post your question for this topic if you have any
Oops, typo’d the forums link. It is boards.core77.com
Definitely check out the minor details discord as well. They say luck is being in the right place at the right time, so be in as many places as you can right now!
+1 for the MD* discord, it has helped me out in so many ways as a recent graduate/young designer : )
Question for all - Why are you here and/or what is your biggest fear?
Hi I would like to ask the next question if it is ok
This is tangential to networking, but I recently watched DiTullo’s video on four skills every industrial designer should have. I’ve been tweaking my portfolio to communicate some of these skills, but I’m wondering if the panel has advice for how to relay these qualities in a cover letter. In general, what do you look for in a cover letter? What makes you roll your eyes? Have you ever received an application that particularly stood out to you?
Sure what's your question, Amir?
I'm here because I wanted a different perspective on the job market for industrial designers right now.
Like it if you really like it don't just do it to get what you need.
I wanted to ask during the pandemic situation that we are experiencing right now. What is the best time start applying for job opportunities?
thanks for the responses, Michael and Dave!
It is never to early to apply, there may be a delayed response or hiring freeze, but companies are still looking.
I'll get you in the queue. Thanks!
that was x-spliter for use
This might be a topic coming up, but say someone has already had a couple interviews prior to the pandemic and now the situation is uncertain, how should one maintain that connection to possibly be hired once the company is available to hire? Continue over emails? How often?
Do we have any additional questions?
Since a job interview is a two way experience. Employers have some clear "red flags" for the potential Hire. What are some "red flags" we should be on the look out for that may be more nuanced to this industry?
Any thoughts on spec work? Should you do it, and if so, what’s the best way to approach something like that?
In response to Lauren and Dave's first job experience: how do you make a good impression when you're "cold applying" to a position that doesn't exist?
By develop relationships with professionals, they are hiring a person more than just your work.
Michael - Thank you for saying that! Many others have been in the same position, and it takes time to find the right opportunity! Glad others felt/feel the same way!
Pre-pandemic I was in the Experiential Design industry at a relative senior level but that industry has been hit pretty hard, so I will be forced to pivot. Having said that, /I am afraid I might seem that I am over qualified for some job opportunities out there - how can I navigate not appearing that way in my CV and interview ?
Thank you for the feedback everyone. My video permissions have been disabled but I’m here and appreciate the responses
With regards to online portfolios, what would you consider to be showing too much work or too little work? How do you gauge that?
to the blind
Do you have any advice for displaying professional projects online? If there is a written agreement not to disclose design process, what would be another way to make a good impression with your work?
Sorry my mic is not working. Apologies again.
Thank you all very much for the advice!
You've got an ace panel here. :)
I love this idea Todd! I wish I had done that when I was a student. Good balance to create something mutually beneficial.
i have to head out, but thank you to everyone involved in this panel discussion :) these were very important topics of discussion.
thanks for being here Lauren!
FYI: IDSA is doing a toaster design challenge this month. It looks like a really fun challenge and learning opportunity!
Can you share the link @Gema?
Sometimes I avoid sending out my portfolio because I think my work is not good enough. What do you think is a way that I can over come this?
How we can submit work on Core 77 and get feedbacks?
^^ 100% agree with you, Nazma
What kind of job experiences that might parallel the design world that you have found valuable in people you've hired?
Re: With regards to online portfolios, what would you consider to be showing too much work or too little work? How do you gauge that?
great questions, folks! keep 'em coming!
@amir you need to apply to be a member of the discussion forums at boards.core77.com … once you submit a topic in the “introduction” forum you will have to wait a day before your account is approved by a moderator.
With a hike in digital design/contactless strategies with the current pandemic—will companies swap the majority of ID jobs for UI/UX or strategy positions with a change in need within a post-covid job market? WIs there a chance design consultancies may pivot their workforce to different disciplines?
I think you just need to make sure that every project has a point to it, like on this project I show x skillset
@Micheal Thanks a lot for the reply.
and you should be able to tell as story for each project, why - what - how - and learnings
I'm self-tough ID living in Serbia working as freelancer but trying to find full-time job. I'm posting on LinkedIn and Instagram, contacting people. but nothing happends. Do you have any advice?
Thank you all for your response! Much appreciated!
Thank you all for getting together this afternoon! I’ve loved listening and have learned a lot.
Thanks a lot for such great comments and tips. Really appreciate it
Stay busy and stay safe everyone! #designLifers
we'll put the link on Linked In
Thank you all for doing this round table! It was super informative and a great alternative to other networking events outside of a pandemic environment 😄
Thank you so much for taking your time to share super pertinent knowledge! Very grateful and inspired!
hahaha I love that term!
great job NL
Thank you everyone! This was extremely helpful and a great opportunity!
And thanks to Chevis for setting this up!
Thank you again everyone for joining in on the conversation!
Happy birthday Chevis!!!
Be kind to yourselves. In addition to doing all of the things we talked about, read a book, watch a movie, sleep in a little.
to the blind
Thank you for your time everyone, this was extremely helpful at a time when decisions can often feel difficult
What would you like to see in future panels?
Thank you! This was super helpful!
Thank you all very much!
Thank you Lauren, Kent and Panelists for the great insights and rich stories!
Thank you to the entire pannel for your time
Thank you everyone for the wisdom!