Design Illinois Newsletter 8-20-21
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Hello and welcome back to campus!
We’re excited to launch our new weekly newsletter as a campus-wide resource to ALL students interested in pursuing careers in design and UX, no mattter what your major is.

Each week we’ll have three sections:
Know – featuring interviews with alumni and other professionals practicing in the design field, to help increase your knowledge about design and careers
Show – showcasing classes and workshops to build your designer toolset
Grow – promoting internships, jobs and other opportunities to meet people and build your network

Please feel free to spread the word to your fellow students and alums, and let us know if there’s anything you’d like to submit as content for future newsletters!

Cheers
Siebel Center for Design and College of Fine & Applied Arts

 
     
 
KNOW
 
Increase Your Knowledge About Design

CONNECTIONS
Zack Zlevor, BFA Industrial Design, 2017
Lead Industrial Designer, Autobon
Zack's Portfolio

3 Things Zack Believes Designers Should Do Before They Graduate

  • Speak Business: Your future role as a professional designer can often be quite nebulous. While you embark into the real world, you’ll quickly find that design decisions are often driven by business outcomes – cost, timelines, return on investment, the list goes on. While still at school, take a course or two on business management, or basic entrepreneurship. Your ability to pitch concepts while simultaneously expressing business strategy will make you a heavy-hitter.
  • Elevate Your Potential: My entire college experience I held the belief that I had to become the "best designer" in my graduating class. Ultimately, I was not. I had spent my time comparing my abilities to the skills of my classmates- and that decision left me with a skillset similar to my peers.
  • Seek Authenticity: There is no place on earth like the Main Stacks, the largest library on campus. Here is the secret: From about 1985 to the mid 90's, most design content (graphic, industrial, architectural, etc.) only exists in a physical format - future design magazines became fully digital, or were manually digitized by library staff. In this hyper-competitive design landscape, the originality of your work is important. Having access to inspirational design work unseen by the internet is a literal superpower. Just remember, with great power comes great responsibility.

DISCOVER
For those looking to find tranquility in their day while drastically increasing design output, Zack recommends Deep Work, by Cal Newport.

 
     
 
GROW
 
Develop Skills + Tools for Success

CLASSES
Spaces still available in these Siebel Center for Design classes!
Introduction to Design Thinking--DTX 251
Design for Social Impact--DTX 455

OPPORTUNITIES
On-Demand: DECODED Featuring United Sodas of America With Alex Center
Alex Center from CENTER decoded the design behind one of his latest brands, and Dieline Awards Best of Branding and Best of Beverage winner: United Sodas of America. Watch now for a revealing behind-the-design case study, followed by Q&A with Alex.
Duration: 60 minutes

 
     
 
SHOW
 
Meet People + Share Your Talents

JOBS
Division of General Studies Media Intern
LAS Graphic Design Intern

Looking for design work on campus?  Don't forget to check the Virtual Job Board and the Research Park Job Board.

Handshake @ Illinois is the campus career services platform to access postings for jobs, internships, workshops, and much more.

NETWORKING 
Research Park Block Party
Leave your resume and formalwear at home for this chance to mingle in a fun and casual environment. This informal and informative event will allow you to speak to representatives from companies from across the Research Park. While this isn't a career fair, it will give students an opportunity to network and learn more about Research Park and its year-round internship opportunities. 

  • Thursday, September 2, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Outside on the Atkins Building lawn and patio, behind the building located at 1800 S. Oak Street. The patio faces First Street and the I-Hotel and Conference Center.
  • Register here
  • In the event of inclement weather, Research Park Block Party will be canceled.