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Wow! The response to the Designer Mentoring Program has been an overwhelming success. Over 30 designers of all levels have expressed interest in taking part. It was a really tough decision and I spent a lot of time agonizing over the decisions. At the end of the day the following designers were selected based on a few simple criteria:
1) The Designers can leverage off each other.
The Designer Mentoring Program is not only about spending some time with me, but will also be a small community of designers with a similar passion and attitude towards design. Part of the process will include interacting and learning from each other in their day to day experiences.
2) The Designers have completed school.
This was a tough one. I had almost as many student designers as there were designers in industry. However, I had decided against student designers for this intake as, unlike graduate designers, student designers still have access to mentors in the form of their teachers.
3) The Designers showed great passion and engagement.
The Designers selected, showed a lot of passion with their work as well as took a lot of effort to ensure that I understood what they were all about. Nothing scored more points than a willingness to improve.
So without further, the Padiwans are:
1) Waikit Chung
2) Ingo Rauth
3) David Emmett
4) Mikkel Holm
5) Eugene Cheong
Padiwans, do check your email in-boxes, as I will be contacting all of you soon with the way forward in this Designer Mentoring Program. David and Mikkel, please drop me an email at dt [at] designsojourn.com so that I can get the ball rolling.
I like to thank all the designers for taking their time to leave comments, sending their portfolios or sharing their work with me. It is plainly obvious that there are a lot of great talent out there, and I’m humbled that you have decided to join up.
I really feel sad that I can’t take in more designers into the program, but not to worry, I hope to to get around organizing more intakes in the future. So do keep in touch, or even better, why not subscribe (via email) to Design Sojourn, if you have not already?
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