1. Speaker events
All of us have a story to tell and our community wants to hear it. Whether it’s sharing your story of how you started out; talking through a favourite case study; or sharing something you feel passionate and that’s relevant to design students and graduates.
We need a minimum of 30 minutes to 1 hour for the virtual talk. Our project director Emily handles everything else. From the invites to the community, to the tech to run the event. She can help with Q&As beforehand or during. All she needs is a brief description of the event and the speaker’s bio. That’s it.
One recent event saw Bow & Arrow designers, Megan Watkins and Charlotte Liebling telling their story about their journeys into the creative industry, ‘their wonky way in’, showing that there’s not one way.
They told us about taking part with a DCH event: “We had total freedom to share what we wanted, in a way that suited us, and in turn we have been able to access a pool of exciting design talent. As students, we remember how valuable these types of events were and so feel thrilled to have been able to take part ourselves and give back.”
2. Peer-to-peer support
The hub thrives over on the Guild platform. If you haven’t joined yet, please do. You can help here by simply sparing a minute or two of your time to drop in a comment and answer any questions that crop up. Your input could be invaluable. Who knows where your advice or insight could lead a new designer?
3. Portfolio reviews – help the 21-year-old you
Portfolio reviews are a highly valued part of our community. Would you be willing to give us an hour and a half of your time to give feedback to three young designers?
We work with you to find out how you’d like to run these sessions, for example in one block, or over three weeks, and we drive all publicity and registrations over on Guild.
Dan Whetstone, associate director at Lumsden recently held some reviews and said to us: “I got all my jobs through connections, apart from my first as a graduate. Getting that first job felt impossible because I had no meaningful experience, no idea how a design business worked and no clue about what people wanted to see in my portfolio.
“The DCH portfolio reviews felt like a good way of helping people like the 21-year-old me. Where else can you be interviewed without pressure and ask questions that might feel stupid, but are actually really important?
“Every session was really rewarding. Everyone was very grateful. One person got her first job shortly afterwards. It’s easily one of the best things I’ve done.”
If your agency has an internship to publicise, tell Emily what it is, and we’ll get it posted and promoted on our platforms. Internships are a brilliant way to engage and up-skill young talent making them work-force ready, plus a very easy way to give back.
Giving your time or nominating other team members to get involved with the hub, through the hosting of events, portfolio reviews, community engagement and internships is highly valued, but equally important to us is the continued fund-raising to allow the running of the hub.
Please pop over to our Gofundme page to continue your support.
If you want to get involved in any aspect of the hub or talk about any ideas you have, please head over to the DCH website to get in contact with the Project Director Emily Foulkes.
Keep an eye out for more exciting news from the DCH coming soon and thank you to all of the industry for your support to date. We can’t do it without you!