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Design Challenges: Where to find them?

over 2 years ago from , UI/UX Designer at GroupVisual.io

Hi All!

During slow periods at my studio, we're looking to engage in design challenges (primarily UX/UI/Data visualization) in order to keep up momentum and have something fun to work on.

My list so far:

  • Devpost Hackathons
  • Tableau Do Good Data Viz Challenge
  • Daily UI

Where do you go to find public challenges/briefs? Or, what do you work on during free time?

9 comments

  • Nate vNate v, over 2 years ago

    Free time?!

    9 points
    • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, over 2 years ago (edited over 2 years ago )

      I felt the same.

      I understand not having a client, but in the meantime, look at your current clients and see what you can do for them? Maybe there's stuff that can be improved upon? New cool features? Marketing stuff you could do for them? That's a pretty cool design challenge, right? Plus it's something you can turn into a pitch.

      Heck, sign up to 99designs or whatnot.

      Or are you talking about after-hours?

      If all else fails, try and learn? I signed up for ux.stackexchange.com to answer questions I didn't know the answer to, for example. I'd end up researching the crap out of some stuff that I knew nothing about before I saw that question, and ended up knowing a tonne more than before.

      Pick up a new profession? 3D modelling? Animation? Video editing? Sound editing? Marketing? SEO? Brush up on your coding skills?

      .edit: apologies for the non-answer actually, the whole "free time" thing just seems alien :]

      3 points
      • Erin GwozdzErin Gwozdz, over 2 years ago

        No worries - I didn't go too much into detail.

        A motivating factor for us is that most of our client work is under NDA, so we can't point to directly to outcomes/ a product. Working on a public challenge could give us visibility.

        I agree with the learn suggestion! I had mentioned to my manager that I wanted to use time to get better at Proto.io and Framer, but I was specifically asked to find "design challenge" options for the whole team to work on.

        1 point
  • Travis Arnold, over 2 years ago

    I've been sitting on http://challenges.io for this very reason. Maybe this thread can help kick start that project :) I've really been wanting to build some type of platform for designer's to be able to contribute to projects that other's need help with.

    2 points
    • Erin Gwozdz, over 2 years ago

      Do it! I would also love to see a community similar to dribbble but less eye-candy and more based on types of problems being solved.

      1 point
  • Jaydeep Gajera, over 2 years ago (edited over 2 years ago )

    Briefbox provides briefs for designers. They also show you submissions for each brief.

    1 point
    • Erin GwozdzErin Gwozdz, over 2 years ago

      This is cool! I think we're looking for something a bit more sophisticated, but I might do one of these on my own :)

      0 points
  • Poyi ChenPoyi Chen, over 2 years ago

    I've been browsing over stackoverflow UX from time to time to look for those. I haven't found a good source on the visual side yet.

    0 points
  • Gene M, over 2 years ago

    Why not skip design challenges and polish up portfolio?

    0 points