The 2019 brief:
IxDA and Microsoft are working together to craft this year’s Charette brief. Check back here at the end of October for more information. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when the brief is live.
How we work
The aim of The Student Design Charette is to bring new talent into the world of Interaction Design. It is a perpetual work in progress that shifts with the evolving needs of our community. For 2019, we are looking for applicants to demonstrate their unique talent and articulate a point of view regarding the role of interaction design in driving the Education agenda in their submission.
The Charette itself is a 72-hour long workshop. Finalists will be assigned into teams to work on a specific brief. Mentors will be on hand throughout the event to provide guidance. You will have the opportunity to present your work in front of 1500 future colleagues.
- 22 October – Submissions Open
- 26 November – Submissions Deadline
- 10 December – Finalists announced
- 5-8 February – Finalists at Interaction 19
- 8 February – Winner Announced
The Student Design Charette embraces a broad definition of what it means to be a student. You may be in an undergraduate or graduate student in a degree program. You may be pursuing a private or online course. Or you may be part of an internship program in a studio or company. Or you might be a practitioner looking to transfer skills from a related field.
What we want out of participants is a hunger to expand your interaction design skill set and a willingness to collaborate and learn with others.
Only individual applications are considered.
This year’s submission requirements include two elements, a video and portfolio. They can be submitted through the Submittable platform, once the brief is published.
A video, 4 minutes or less in length, should be submitted. We encourage a custom video for Student Design Charette submissions, although elements from any previous work can be reused. The judges look for interaction design ability and how applicants communicate their thinking on the theme, rather than examining any design work done to create solutions around the theme. Team projects are welcome, but we asked applicants to let us know their role on the team.
The video must include:
- A little about you and your background
- Your perspective about how you’d approach the design challenge
- Why should you be chosen to participate in SDC19
- Examples (Skills, Ideas, Previous Projects, Team, Passion about the problem space)
We ask for examples of creative craft and ability to make an impact in the world through design. We weraree looking for personality and perspective, and what you are passionate about!
A PDF or web link should show projects demonstrating:
- Challenge/Opportunity space explored
- Role(s) played in team projects
- Examples of Creative Process
- Final Outcomes
Becoming a finalist
Our panel of judges will review each entry and select the most promising submissions. Finalists will receive a scholarship to attend Interaction 19 in Seattle, including:
- Travel & Accommodation (shared) in Seattle from 4-8 Feb
- Complimentary student registration at the conference
- Mentorship and support during prototyping and iteration at the conference
- A chance to meet and showcase your work in front of the best interaction designers in the world
- Daniel Harvey, Head of Product Design & Brand at The Dots, London
- Jane Vita, Studio Design Director & Lead Service Designer at Digitalist, Vancouver
Sponsors, Microsoft Design
- Margaret Price, Principal Design Strategist