Design opportunities digest - April 7th

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Amy Dinh

Apr 7, 2022, 6:20:21 PMApr 7
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Hi all,

This week's digest includes lots of events and some interesting calls for submissions and internships/jobs. Note that the Library's Making Fellowship deadline is tomorrow--apply ASAP if you are interested!



Design jobs
  • Undergraduate Library Making or Research Fellowships (due 4/8)
  • Berkeley Food Institute: 2022 Summer Student Design Lead (due 4/12)
  • Computing and Engineering Specialist, Synapse School
Design events 
  • [Berkeley Arts + Design Events] CREATE: Art in the post-COVID classroom (4/8)
  • UC Berkeley Library Makerspace Workshop Event (4/14)
  • [Arts & Design Guest Speaker Series] How I Made It (4/14)
  • [Berkeley Arts + Design Events] The 52nd UC Berkeley MFA Show: Six artists discuss process (4/15)
  • MAKE is Back–Get Ready to Create After-Hours at MCD! (4/21)
  • Grad Cap Decorating Workshop (5/5)
  • UC Global Health Day (5/7)
Design opportunities 
  • Bay Area Food Zine Mouth2Mouth Seeking Submissions (4/15)
  • SF Design Week 2022 Call for Proposals and Awards Submissions

Design jobs
Undergraduate Library Fellowship

Due date: Applications deadline is April 8, 2022 at 11:59pm

Application form:

The Library is pleased to announce 8 Undergraduate Library Fellowship opportunities for 2022-2023. In this cohort-driven program, fellows collaborate with mentors from the UC Berkeley Library to provide 4 hours of peer-to-peer services weekly. The program offers two areas of concentration: making OR library research. 

Making fellows will:

  • Deliver peer-to-peer makerspace consultations
  • Co-Lead in-person making workshops 
  • Design programs (workshops, events, etc.) for the makerspace

 Library Research fellows will: 

  • Deliver peer-to-peer library research consultations 
  • Co-Lead in-person Research 101 workshops for peers 
  • Participate in Berkeley virtual reference services

Fellows will work with mentors from the Library’s Instruction Services Division who provide training and mentorship. Fellows will synthesize and share their experiences with the Library via direct feedback to mentors, blog posts, and a culminating panel presentation.




Berkeley Food Institute: 2022 Summer Student Design Lead

Job Title: Student Assistant II, Design Lead
Reports to: BFI Communications Coordinator
Pay: $29.02 (GSR Step V), 20 hours per week

How to apply:
Application deadline: April 12, 2022
Length of position (flexible): May 13, 2022 – August 12, 2022

The Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks to transform food systems to expand access to healthy, affordable food and promote sustainable and equitable food production. We empower new leaders with capacities to cultivate diverse, just, resilient, and healthy food systems. We pursue our mission through interdisciplinary programs in education, research, policy, communications, and community engagement.

Description: BFI is currently looking for a student designer to lead creative for a new website design, to help communicate and promote BFI programs and initiatives. The position will be hybrid remote and be required to work in a team. Responsibilities to include:

  • Work with the Communications Coordinator and other BFI staff and contractors for a new website, collateral for online communication and visual assets, and other graphic asset needs.
  • Concept and develop visual strategy for the new BFI website, including website architecture and incorporating communication strategy
  • Support web engineering leads to ensure they have the needed design assets and architecture to support their work.

 Current UC Berkeley graduate student. Master’s of Design students preferred but eligibility open to any graduate student with appropriate experience. Experience and skills with graphic design required. Skills with Adobe Creative Suite are required and skills with Figma preferred. This role is essential to the function of the Center, and therefore the successful candidate must be extremely organized and reliable in order to meet deadlines.

For any questions, please contact Justina Robinson at

Computing and Engineering Specialist, Synapse School

Synapse School (in Menlo Park, CA) is hiring a new Makerspace position focused on Computer Science through a physical computing lens.

We are lucky enough to have an entire warehouse we call a Makerspace (10,00 sq feet), and it lets us build BIG. We want to integrate Computer Science and Physical Computing into our projects and use that as an access point for all of our computer science curricula at the school.

The most important thing I can say here is that Synapse hires great people, not great resumes. Don’t let the laundry list of qualifications dissuade you from applying (committees make everything longer). Formal degrees/certifications in education or computer science are not required (obviously, that would be great, but the person we are looking for may or may not have them). Oh and the cover letter matters!

We are looking for someone who loves making things, working with kids, and teaching. They need to be savvy enough with code/Arduino to make coding come alive. And they should have some familiarity with essential carpentry tools and be an avid learner/self-teacher (and frankly, we can teach you anything but the code/self-teaching part). 

Creativity thrives in spaces where everyone feels a sense of belonging; we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace for all employees in celebration of all identities.

Please send any questions you might have to me at my synapse email (or my boss

Design events 
[Berkeley Arts + Design Events] CREATE: Art in the post-COVID classroom
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM @ BAMPFA Osher Theater

CREATE (Creative Residencies for Emerging Artists Teaching Empowerment) will discuss experiences and anecdotes from club members teaching online and transitioning to in-person in the past year, how online education exacerbated disparities and how we can close those disparities now.

UC Berkeley Library Makerspace Workshop Event

Join us on April 14th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm in the Makerspace in Doe library to learn about makerspace resources and customize a free library tote bag. We will be using the heat press, vinyl cutter and button makers, and you can learn how to translate sketches directly into vinyl sticker designs (and print them!) and use other neat tools in the Makerspace. Register and learn more about the event:

[Arts & Design Guest Speaker Series] How I Made It

How I Made It is a guest speaker series run by the Arts and Design Student Council focused on career paths and inspirations with Berkeley alumni artists, designers, educators, filmmakers. Our first speaker event is Thursday April 14th from 4:30-5:30pm in SOCS 185, and we'll be hearing from Takming Chuang (Berkeley MFA 2017), a sculptor and current visiting lecturer in our art department.

Register at or scan the QR code below. See you there!

[Berkeley Arts + Design Events] The 52nd UC Berkeley MFA Show: Six artists discuss process 
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM @ BAMPFA Osher Theater

This panel discussion between the six Art Practice MFA '22 students, and exhibition curator, Claire Frost will consider the questions of what, how, and why artists make what they make. Speaking two at a time, the artists will speak about their artistic practice and the process of making work for their culminating MFA exhibition.

MAKE is Back–Get Ready to Create After-Hours at MCD!
Thursday, April 21, 2022 | 5:30–9:00 PM
$10 General Admission | $8 Students/Seniors 
MCD Members are always Free!

MAKE is BACK! On the third Thursday of each month, collaborate with artists and makers, explore unique themes, and re-think materials through creative design projects–all happening after-hours at MCD!

Get back into the MAKE spirit with an exploration of our current exhibition Living with ScentsExperience a preview of the Ministry of Scents upcoming MakeArt Gallery activation and join local epic fragrance makers Golden Grove Goods to create your own designer fragrance spray.

Visitors can also learn how to make DIY incense cones, explore all of the exhibition’s “activated objects,” and experiment with unexpected materials to create wearable and tabletop fragrance diffusers! All activities are free with admission. Get your tickets.

Grad Cap Decorating Workshop
Use the Makerspace to decorate and personalize your graduation cap. Add sewn circuits to make it glow, use the vinyl cutter and heat press to create custom decals, or go old school with fabric paint and embroidery. Materials are provided, but bring your own graduation cap!

Registration: This is a casual workshop in which participants can come late and drop in and out. Registration is encouraged but drop-ins are welcome, bring a graduating friend!

Location: Workshops meet in person in Doe 190, located at the North Doe entrance, across from the Morrison Library.

Learn more and register!

UC Global Health Day

The UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI) and the UC Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation are co-hosting this year’s UC Global Health Day 2022 on Saturday, May 7 at UC Santa Cruz from 8:30am – 6pm PT (in-person and virtually). This day-long collaborative global health conference showcases the innovative research and initiatives occurring across the University of California. This year’s theme of Centering Social Justice in Community Health is exemplified by our diverse speakers who are actively engaged across a variety of disciplines and doing work that has benefited communities at local and global levels. 

Registration Link: 


  • Ecological Scientist and Activist, Food Sovereignty Advocate, Ecofeminist, trained in Physics and Philosophy of Science
  • Leader, International Forum on Globalization, Founder Navdanya 
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, UCSF 
  • Founder, Executive Instigator, Deep Medicine Circle 

  • Professor and Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Department of Population and Public Health Sciences 
  • Associate Dean for Social Justice, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California 

  • Navajo Nation Senior Advisor, HEAL Initiative 

  • Navajo Nation Program Officer, HEAL Initiative 

Evening Performance by Rupa & the April Fishes

Design opportunities
Bay Area Food Zine Mouth2Mouth Seeking Submissions
Excerpt from this KQED article, "A New Bay Area Zine Wants to Keep Food Writing Weird":

Conceived and born in San Francisco during the pandemic, Mouth2Mouth isn’t even really a proper magazine. Instead, the publication comes out of another long and proud DIY tradition here in the Bay: It’s a zine. And it’s now soliciting submissions for its second issue. The brainchild of San Francisco architect Hallie Chen, Mouth2Mouth has some of the same hip, arty, off-kilter aesthetic of the dearly departed food magazine Lucky Peach—but without the whiff of toxic masculinity that contributed to that publication’s eventual undoing. [...]

Those interested in submitting writing or art to the second issue of Mouth2Mouth should email Chen at by April 15. Her hope is to produce and print the issue in time to sell it at this year’s San Francisco Art Book Fair, July 15–17, where she’ll have a table.

SF Design Week 2022 Call for Proposals and Awards Submissions
Now accepting proposals for the 2022 Edition of SFDW (June 21st - 25th) and Submissions are now open for the Innovation Awards!

During our 16th Edition together we will reconnect and re-emerge to find inspiration, learn and access resources through the Bay Area lens of Design. We are eager to meet face-to-face to exchange ideas, dreams, challenges and solutions with this year's in-person sessions, but you’ll also be able to host an event through live or pre-recorded virtual programming as a way to amplify our collective impact and be accessible for those who cannot travel to be with us. Get creative and find ways to communicate your experience, knowledge or message by engaging attendees in a more energetic way. Now is a time to innovate. Contact us for a brainstorming session, included in the Application Fee, or for guidance on how to best approach your event and make the most out of your participation! Learn more and submit a proposal:

The San Francisco Design Week Awards is an international design competition seeking to encourage thought leadership by supporting designers whose works can contribute towards a positive future for society. San Francisco Design Week is the premier gathering of the world’s most active design community. Entries for the prestigious San Francisco Design Week Awards will be judged by a jury composed of leading Bay Area design professionals; those selected will be showcased and have a permanent presence on the SF Design Week Awards website. For more than 13 years San Francisco Design Week has provided design professionals with the opportunity to grow their networks, enhance their visibility, find investors for future products that are shaping the future and build their careers. We welcome applicants from across the entire range of design industries. Submit a project:

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Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation
College of Engineering | UC Berkeley  

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