Yes I definitely second this, I was a huge fan of Creative Seeds, in fact that is something I wouldn't have any problem paying a subscription for. Love the content especially the great articles on navigating the design world as a freelancer, since that is something that I've always been interested in but is hardly ever really explained in great detail. Would love to see it come back, though I realize it's a lot of work to pull off content with a lot of depth for free!linda_dong wrote: I wish Core77 would bring back Creative Seeds. That was a wonderful resource that I used all the time while job/intern hunting.
Just saw some pics from your critique clinic on facebook, looking forward to the video!tarngerine wrote:Sorry bepid, that website is terrible.
In terms of constructive feedback and telling them what we want, lots of people have done that. In fact CMU IDSA is working on a video proposal for a redesign of the IDSA website. It'll come within a week. (pictures of us working on it : http://idsa.cmustudents.org/)
I see your point, but this is a design website, here you are only talking to designers! I think because you put IDSA in the title it skewed the discussion to actually talk about the IDSA.bcpid wrote:So there has been some kind of intense past argument regarding the IDSA website - I'm not interested in that. I did just take a look at it and it seems better than it was the last time I went there. I quit going in the past because I found it not to meet my needs. I'll give it another chance. Re the PDMA website, I agree they have a totally cruddy logo. Local chapters' sites vary in quality and content.
My dig mostly has to do with IDSA being a bunch of designers and who else? Philosophically, I look at what we do as product development, of which traditional ID is but a part of. Sometimes I do that, and sometimes I help craft value props. Maybe not the traditional view of ID, maybe it isn't even ID. I don't know. It's good to talk to other designers but I like PDMA because it is a broader organization for anyone involved in product development (designers, project managers, marketers, engineers, UXers, etc), so a lot more points of view are represented. The meetings usually cover interesting topics, with Q&A from all of the above, so you get a great feel for what's on peoples' minds in the PD world as a whole. But that's just one organization. Surely there are others.
I'm seriously interested in the non-IDSA non designer-specific organizations people find valuable for professional development. It just kills me that every topic in this section deal with IDSA as if that is the only organization that's useful to any of us.
So again, what OTHER organizations do y'all find useful and why?
Ditto to all that, and I think the next step for our student chapter is to connect with other student chapters in the area, which has never really happened before. The thing with official organizations is that there always seems to be some type of psychological barrier where it feels roundabout and difficult to doing anything through the organization itself. ID is such a small niche community that it's really easy (and much more productive) to make connections with people by just calling or e-mailing them directly. That's why I'm not partial most of the design organizations I've encounter because they just feel too impersonal, segmented, and non-transparent when I know there can't be that many people running the behind-the-scenes.tarngerine wrote: It's useful for us as students because we get to do stuff outside the context of class. It's a nice place to chill, eat pizza, and talk about design. We also go on trips (just went to Toronto last week). We started hosting Critique Clinics where we bash on a design and redesign it ourselves (what we just did with the IDSA.org website).
I've not encountered anything outside of that, though.
I can share my point of view. I don't think designers don't want to have a critical discussion about design. The problem is, what is design? In your opinion, the business and engineering components of the development cycle aren't design, but to me they are. Design is about making deliberate choices to solve product problems using whatever tools make sense to use, sometimes visually, sometimes not. It bleeds into a lot of things and a lot of things bleed into it. That's what I like about it. I'm sure many others have their own interpretations of what it is or isn't design, too. If IDSA is openly embracing the whole of the development cycle that is awesome.yo wrote: Personally, the last time I went to an IDSA conference I thought there was not enough design content! Why do designers never want to have a critical discussion about design? They want to talk business and engineering, which are necessary to facilitate and collaborate with design, but they are not design.