Inside the head of a designer


The real work experience
December 23, 2008, 11:24 am
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Side project of think public, the real work experience.

“The real work experience aims to open design graduates’ eyes to the opportunities of using their skills beyond the usual design roles and the possibility of working in the public sector. Concurrently, the programme aims to educate public sector bodies on the skills and value designers can bring to their organisations.”

Perhaps this film will explain what the real work experience is about,

I guess I’m trying to answer what the Real Work Experience is but we were asked to find that out, through some key brainstorms of public sectors we could potentially work in, other examples of companies who already practice it or projects that have taken place, we then moved onto design what the real work experience should be.

Altogether, it was happening all over the country at the same time and a winner was chosen the following week.  Unfortuneatly we didn’t win but I get the feel from seeing the other entries that designers around the UK feel the same.

I feel that not only can we use our skills as designers to think and spot problems, use methods to achieve results and solve problems and visually represent our outcomes, I think we have the ability, and we should undertake the role to share these skills with ‘non designers’ in public sectors so they can use what we know to help them improve the run of their service.  I think this point is so important, yes we train as designers and learn different techniques but it should never be kept a secret, what I think the designer does is act as a facilitator of a project, they keep it running, hold it together, bring people together, perhaps service designers are more like great organisers than designers? food for thought.  on that note, I’m off for a coffee and to find out if getting paid £15 hour to work xmas eve is worth not waking up in my wee house in edinburgh for christmas

is there any public transport on xmas day between glasgow and edinburgh?  maybe I could cycle? 6 hours, myeh.

p.s link to think public and realworkexperience can be found on the left 🙂

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