MEET- IXD 2012: Bringing Down Boundaries

By MFA Interaction Design on February 29, 2012

The department hosted MEET-IXD 2012 on Friday, February 24, an event that brought a range of companies from start-ups to large brands together with talented students to engage in conversation over work, ideologies, and employment opportunities.

The department hosted MEET-IXD 2012 on Friday, February 24, an event that brought a range of companies from start-ups to large brands together with talented students to engage in conversation over work, ideologies, and employment opportunities.

The afternoon began with a welcome from department chair and co-founder, Liz Danzico, followed by a keynote from Luke Woods, Product Design Manager at Facebook. He talked about the idea of sharing using technology, specifically Facebook to create conversations that one never expects to have. A thought that segued perfectly into the knowledge exchange session just afterwards..

The knowledge exchange that followed was structured as a series of group interactions between students and companies—few other guidelines. Companies and students had the opportunity to meet with different groups and with each switch, new permutations and combinations generated a new discussion and opened up unique connections.

For first-year students, it was an opportunity to discuss projects they have been working on and other ideas important to them:

The part I enjoyed most was being able to have an open conversation with the world’s leading design firms. Having insight into how these companies see the role of interaction design changing their business was immensely insightful.- Tom Harman

For second-years students, it was a great way to get critique from some of the best minds in interaction design:

The department creating pathways between potential employers and students is important: it creates community, extends the reach of our department and positions our students to compete for the best jobs prior to graduation. I think most importantly, it externalizes how we, as a department, think about IxD and gives us a chance to see what the evolving potential employer needs are in an designer (they learn, we learn). I also like the idea of employers as mentors—students bringing a project to a mentor mid-steam for feedback. The employer becomes invested in the work; students are invested in the employer by way of their generosity.- Michael Yap

The event ended with a reception where conversations continued on a more individual note and others beginning.

We hope that the event continues to create new connections and influence career decisions as our students go through the program and beyond.

Visit MEET-IXD for more about the event, who attended, and student projects.

-Sana Rao