Rise of the Designer: How and why designers should get involved in Startup Weekend!
This post originally appeared on blog.up.co
Startup Weekend Santa Barbara
November 14th, 2014
Despite filling pretty much every role in tech, at my core I am a designer... I've worked as a Graphic Designer and Web Designer for numerous companies and startups and love working on creative projects. Even now, the most enjoyable part of creating companies and getting ideas off the ground is the design of the brand and user interaction.
So what turned me on to Startups, Entrepreneurship and Startup Weekend?
The fact that designers can make a HUGE impact on the success of a business or startup. This impact is really magnified in the 54 hour event that is Startup Weekend.
At Startup Weekend designers become Heros. It's really obvious which teams don't have design help. Case in point, I've seen presentations and ideas improved by the hand drawings of a 9 year old. On Sunday morning the team had spent no time on the brand, and the courageous son of a (very creative) judge, jumped in to help. His time and efforts were MUCH appreciated!
You don't have to be great, you just have to be creative... (and of course the ability to work fast helps too!) It's a great time to grow your skills as a designer... or, if your current career doesn't let you scratch that creative itch, Startup Weekend most definitely will!
Check out the video below that highlights the importance of designers at a Startup Weekend.... Designers (Web, Graphic, Product, UX, UI... whatever your speciality...) we'd love for you to join us at Startup Weekend Santa Barbara #4 on November 14-16.
New to design?
Again, Startup Weekend is a great place to get in to the profession, or improve your skills and learn from great design mentors such as Jacob Tell (Founder and Creative Director at Oniracom) and George Bradshaw (Co-Founder of Creative Butter) as well as event participants that work in design!
Kyle (Organizer, Facilitator and Designer)