a process for hiring student designers

Posted by on Oct 29, 2011 in blog, design, teaching | No Comments

If you’re like me, you receive quite a few requests for student design work. Frequently, these requests are presented as competitions or opportunities for students to build their portfolios. If done the right way this could be a great opportunity to provide students with a valuable experience, as well as educate potential clients about the design process and what designers do.

I’ve been putting a few ideas together to help facilitate connecting clients with student designers. This is a work in progress, but here’s what I have so far.

  1. Client will contact faculty with a description of the design problem/project, including a proposed timeline and budget.
  2. Faculty will recommend student designers for the project.
  3. Meetings with recommend student designers will be facilitated. Student designers will present examples of their existing work, and discuss the clients project needs.
  4. Client will hire a designer at the conclusion of this interview process.

Notes for clients
Design requests should include payment of a fee for services.
Design request should be clear about the objective. What do you want to accomplish?
What is the budget?
What is the timeline?
Who is the intended audience?

Notes for student designers
What does the client do? Who are they?
What do they want to accomplish with this project?
Who is the intended audience?
What is the budget?
What is the timeline?

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