🛡 5 Tips for Do Gooder Designers

  1. Identify the movement that matters to you most. Find your local chapter and volunteer to help — without worrying about leveraging your design or development abilities.
  2. Start from a place of service, not skills. Don’t be offended or bummed out if in the beginning you’re asked to help with what feels like basic tasks — trust (and fit) takes time.
  3. Treat your volunteer hours as observational user research. You’re not the expert, you’re not there to “fix” anything. You’re there to bear witness and be helpful.
  4. Look out for unexpressed needs. Workarounds, cheat sheets and cloogy solutions are often indicators of processes (outreach, research, funding, training, service delivery) that you might be able to help improve with design or technology.
  5. Read The Unexotic Underclass by C.Z. Nnaemeka.

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Antonio García

Antonio García

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design leader, public speaker, educator, illustrator, yearly marathoner, occasional beat selector, Head of Design @TableXI, founder & host of @DadwellCo