Design opportunities digest - March 9th

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Amy Dinh

Mar 9, 2022, 8:35:28 PMMar 9
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Hi everyone,

This week's design roundup includes conferences, workshops, job and volunteer opportunities, and a few user surveys. More below!



Design events
  • Design @ Berkeley General Meeting: Visual Narratives & Storytelling (3/10)
  • Arts + Design March Events [EVENT TIME CHANGED]
  • RGB: Reach, Grow, Build (3/12)
  • Social Justice and Design Symposium (4/1)
Design jobs
  • Google User Experience Design opportunities for recent graduates (applications end 4/12)
Design general opportunities
  • Student Makers Seeking Mentors for MS/HS Programs
  • Get a chance to try out the future of at-home workouts + get $50!
  • Survey on Single Use Plastics in Media
Design events
Design @ Berkeley General Meeting: Visual Narratives & Storytelling
When: March 10, 6-7:30 PM PST
Location: Dwinelle 254
Format: In-person

This Thursday, join Design at Berkeley & The Visual Narratives and Story Telling DeCal in a joint lesson all about telling stories through our designs! Learn how to make designs that leave a mark on your audience!

Arts + Design March Events
Events include A+D Fridays at BAMPFA Osher Theater, our annual Creative Careers Mixer, and the inaugural Critical Data Futures Colloquium. Indoor events require vaccination check and masks. 

Friday, March 11th
The Welcoming [IV]: New Ways of Making Under a Pandemic
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM @ BAMPFA Osher Theater

The Welcoming [IV] is a conversation with Erika Chong Shuch and SanSan Kwan about new, pandemic-inspired forms of making that center care, listening and hospitality. Erika will present on the ongoing creative mutual aid project, Artists & Elders.

Tuesday, March 15h
Creative Careers Mixer, co-sponsored by Berkeley Arts + Design and the Division of Arts & Humanities
5-6:30pm @ Platform Artspace

Learn about creative careers paths from industry professionals at the annual Creative Career Mixer! This fun networking mixer will give students an opportunity to have explorative conversations with professionals in creative fields including architecture, arts education, arts practice, public art, arts therapy, museums & galleries, technology & design, media & performance, and more! There will also be FREE FOOD, art-making activities with the Arts + Design Student Council, resource tables, career counseling, and raffle prizes!

RSVP here.

Friday, March 18th
Critical Data Futures Colloquium [TIME CHANGED]
Keynote Panel, Art, Data & Life in the Metaverse: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM @ BAMPFA Osher Theater 
Colloquium Sessions: 2:30-3:30 and 4:00-5:00 PM @ AAP Building

Register for the free event & colloquium at this registration link.

The unknown potentials of the metaverse are both exciting and terrifying. Join our panel of media innovation experts including Emma Fraser, Don Hanson, Wade Wallerstein and Richmond Wong and practitioners to discuss the challenges and opportunities awaiting our curious explorations in this emerging space of critical data futures. Presented by Human Technology Futures Group and the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society at UC Berkeley. 

RGB: Reach, Grow, Build
Come out to RGB this Saturday from 1-6 pm @ Jacobs Hall (Room 310) to kickstart your design career at Innovative Design’s annual industry speaker conference + networking event! We’ll be joined by speakers whose careers have taken through both freelance and corporate industries, from disciplines of product design to 3D animation. Stay until the end for customized stickers, a raffle prize and game-themed goodies!

Social Justice and Design Symposium
Friday, April 1st

The College of Environmental Design and the Department of Architecture invite you to attend a day-long symposium Conversations on Social Justice and Design on Friday, April 1, honoring Professor Emeritus Ray Lifchez. The symposium will feature a spectacular list of speakers who have been instrumental leaders in shaping contemporary practices addressing social justice, particularly in universal design.

Speakers will include Darren Walker, Maddy Burke-Vigeland, Jeffrey Mansfield, Elaine Ostroff, Valerie Fletcher, Victor Pineda, and Susan Schwelk with a keynote talk by Christopher Downey, CED's inaugural Raymond Lifchez Professor of Practice in Social Justice. 

Design jobs
Google User Experience Design opportunities for recent graduates: Applications currently open!
Google is looking for students that may have graduated from Design programs from Spring/Summer of 2021 to upcoming graduates in Spring/Summer of 2022. Due to high anticipated interest, the application period will end on April 12, 2022.

We are a multi-disciplinary team of interaction designers, visual designers, user researchers, copywriters and Web developers who collaborate closely with each other and with engineering and product management to create innovative, usable, great-looking products that people love to use. We’re excited to announce that we currently have openings in our User Experience organization for recent graduates in UX Design. You may apply directly through the link provided below. 

The job of a Designer is to envision how people experience our products and bring that vision to life in a way that feels inspired, refined and even magical. 


User Experience Designer, University Graduate


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Design general opportunities
Student Makers Seeking Mentors for MS/HS Programs
Hi everyone! My name is Anthony and I am a third-year BioE student. I'm also a Maker Education Advocate. I serve as Executive Director of Student Makers (, a UC Berkeley org dedicated to making maker edu accessible to high school and middle school students. 

This semester we are hosting a design challenge for high school students and we are recruiting mentors to guide the teams! During phase 3 of the design challenge (March 28 - April 30), you will be assigned to one or more student teams to help them develop their ideas and prototype (approx 1 hr per week committment)! You will meet with your high school team weekly.

Engineering/design background is encouraged, but not required! Current team ideas include a river trash cleaning system that picks up large trash while filtering plastic particles, a system that tests and purifies water to reduce possibility of disease, and a renewable source of energy from piezoelectricity on car roads. Fill out the form here to become a mentor! 

Get a chance to try out the future of at-home workouts + get $50!

Hello! We are a student team from Berkeley Innovation, a design consultancy club at Cal. We are looking for participants within the age range of 24-34 and live within 5 miles of 15 minutes away from campus to conduct some research on a workout product. We would like to place a piece of workout equipment ( in your residence if you and let you and your roommates use the equipment for 2 weeks. We will be asking participants to document their experience using it. We are hoping to help create a healthy and fun workout environment for people who live in apartments or communal living spaces. This is a great opportunity for you and your roommates to have the luxury of an in-building workout.

Each participant will be awarded $50 for the completion of the study (max $200 per household) in the form of a gift card, cash deposit, or donation to a charity of your choice.

We are also looking for participants of ages 18-34 to participate in a 15-minute workout using the equipment followed by a 20-minute interview. This will take place on campus on March 16 between 10 am - 4 pm.

Each participant of the interview will receive $20 for the completion of the session, in the form of a gift card, cash deposit, or donation to a charity of your choice.

Please fill out this short survey ( to apply for either study!

Survey on Single Use Plastics in Media
Some students in the Fung Fellowship ( are working on a project to reduce the appearance of single use plastics in TV and movies. They would like to get some background information on general attitudes toward single use plastics in media from their peers and classmates. It would be a great help to them, therefore, if you could take the time to fill out this survey ( It should only take about five minutes to complete. Also, if you are interested in having a longer chat with this team, please include your email in the survey, as these students would love to talk with you!

Amy Dinh  A button with "Hear my name" text for name playback in email signature
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Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation
College of Engineering | UC Berkeley  

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COVID-19 updates:
  • Currently, I have a flex work schedule. My bCal shows the days I am working from home; if the day is unmarked, it means I am working on campus at 103 Jacobs Hall.
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