Interested in human-centered design? It all begins with the desire to help people and improve the world, and the curiosity to question how and why things are the way the are. Human-centered designers have empathy for users, a motive to tell a story, and an instinct to create.
APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2019 ARE CLOSED
Come meet us and learn more about what we do at one of our info sessions! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.
Application / Design Challenge
DUE THURS, SEPT 12 11:59PM
Our application consists of two parts - a written portion to share more about yourself and a design challenge to showcase your creativity and understanding of the human-centered design process. There is no specific solution to the challenge — we just want to see how you approach and think about solving problems!
SAT SEPT 14 10AM - 6PM / BY INVITATION
A 30-minute interview for us to get to know you better.
SUN SEPT 15 10AM - 2PM / BY INVITATION
This will be a 2 hour event consisting of Interactive and fun design games involving teamwork and design thinking, as well as a casual meet and greet with the officers.
Final decisions will be sent out on this night.
Design Challenge Tips & Tricks
Some advice on how to approach the design challenge.
We know human-centered design may be completely new to some of you, so we will be hosting two workshops covering different topics as additional help for the design challenge.
The first half of the workshop will be a mini-lecture and example walkthrough, and the second half will be a guided activity for the challenge itself. These workshops are held on a first come first serve basis, so if you’re interested, come to the beginning of the workshop, not the middle (if there’s room you can definitely still join in)!
THURS, SEPT 5 / 8-9PM EVANS #70
MON, SEPT 9 / 8-9PM WHEELER #220
TUES-THURS, SEPT 10-12 / 8-10PM MLK
We’ll be hosting office hours every night from tues-thurs the week the application is due! If you would like to stop by to ask any questions or for feedback, there will be officers who are more than happy to help you out. :)
The exact location within MLK will be posted on our facebook page and Instagram Story with a picture, and we’re usually aiming for the bottom table area on the lower Sproul level (near Cal 1 Card).
Our Recruitment Process
We wish we could accept everyone and design together, but unfortunately we cannot manage such a large community while maintaining our club and quality of work on projects. With this in mind, here are some of the main aspects we look at when considering applicants:
Frequently Asked Questions
WHO CAN APPLY? —
We’re looking for undergraduates at UC Berkeley of any grade level to join our team! Prospective applicants must be able to attend our weekly general meetings on Tuesdays from 5-7 PM and stay in the club for at least 2 semesters.
DO I HAVE TO BE A DESIGN-RELATED MAJOR? —
Nope! We’re always looking for people that come from different backgrounds and can bring a new perspective to our club. In the past, we’ve had members coming from a wide variety of majors such as sociology, psychology, business, anthropology, political science, public health, economics, computer science, interdisciplinary studies, etc.
HOW DO PROJECTS WORK? —
We generally have around 6-8 projects every semester, with teams of 4 consultants + 1 mentor per project. (Come to our infosessions to learn more about this semester’s projects!) You will be matched with a project/team based on your interest in the project and experience.
WHAT ARE THE COMMITMENTS AS A CONSULTANT? —
Generally 8 to 12 hours per week:
2 hours for mandatory general meetings on Tuesdays from 5–7PM
2-4 hours for team meetings and project work
1 hours for client meetings
1-2 hours for club events
New members will have bi-weekly design workshops to make sure you are well prepared for working with on your project