Tag: design

Life after life – Michelle

This internship can change your career and the way you see the future. I ended up in Silicon Valley under rather unusual circumstances. During my 4th year of studying architecture at Aalto, I acquired an arm injury that made studying extremely difficult. While researching new technology that could help me,

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Things to know when applying for a designer position

Many designers look to pursue the admirable high-cultural career path as a designer: design school in London or Milan, art history of Middle Europe, AD positions in organizations that let you learn from the best. Few designers get their education only to make their way to Silicon Valley and to

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Meet Emma, our Design Lifer from Sweden!

Text by Emma Lundin I am currently at a place I’ve dreamed of for a long time. I’ve always loved to travel and experience new places, cities and cultures. When I visited California for the first time when I was a teenager I fell in love right away. To live

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How to tackle the startup job interview

A well-prepared interview is like setting one foot in the door already. The key points vary a bit depending on the position you’re applying. We conducted the best tips for you to prepare. Be aware of the time difference. The time difference in San Francisco is –10 hours. So 6–9

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A Note for Designers by Avesta Omar

Over two years ago, I started my career in an international service design consultancy, where we designed digital products for a wide range of clients. We had a big team, consisting of designers of all kinds. Together we brainstormed with post-it notes, drew customer journey flow maps, organized workshops and

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Summer of Antti – Confessions of a designer

Hi! I’m Antti (spelled a-n-t-t-i), nice to meet you. I am doing my internship as a graphic designer at UserVoice. When comes to my studies I am soon starting my second year of master studies in Aalto University majoring in graphic design. As an intern I’m a bit of an

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Building a portfolio site

Here’s something for folks planning to apply to Startup Life. A lot of people have made their own portfolio websites to support their application and to stand out from the LinkedIn-only crowd. Especially for business students and designers it’s also a great way to demonstrate some knowledge in basic web

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No (more) resumes

Some have wondered why we”re only interested in your online presence and those 50 words you submit. Here”s why. Resumes are dead. Seriously, it”s time to move on from the nicely designed word/keynote/pdf documents. Instead we really encourage you to take the time and concentrate on building your web presence. 

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Announcing the batch 1/2012 interns of Startup Life

We’re thrilled to announce our second batch of Startup Life interns. Starting their journey in Silicon Valley in a couple of weeks (or even days!) we have a great combination of students from all three Aalto-schools: industrial designers, software engineers, business students, all interning in world-changing startups. You’ll get to

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So you want to work in a startup?

Startups are extremely selective in their hiring. It requires an entirely different set of skills to be successful in a startup than in a large corporation. “Don’t bore me, show me what you built”, says Paul Bragiel, the founder of I/O Ventures. Time is of essence in startups and to

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