I took ownership of our 2015 XD Summer internship program at Havas. The theme of the program this year was product development. The goal was to have the interns work on creating their own products from concept, research, prototyping, into final design and presentation.
The first step was working with recruiting at Havas to find four amazing XD interns to join us for the summer of 2015. I designed and built a custom WordPress site that we used as our primary recruitment tool. (http://xd.havasww.com)
The site’s URL was sent to universities such as Carnegie Mellon, NYU’s ITP program, Parsons’s Design and Technology track, SCAD, Pratt and SVA. We received a tremendous amount of candidates through the site.
Once the candidates were narrowed down to the four we selected, I began to refine the curriculum of the program.
The Havas XD Academy seeks to collaborate with up-and-coming user experience professionals who have a passion for emerging technologies and impactful design in order to learn from each other and grow the field together.
8 week program, from Monday, June 22nd – Friday, August 7th
Part 1: Research and Best Practices tasks
Part 2: Design, Testing, and Presentation Tasks
The full PPT for the program can be downloaded here.
I wrote several creative brief that the interns chose from. The then began developing their products based on the original brief. The briefs were intended to allow the interns some flexibility in order to be able to adjust their products based on their research.
Three of the interns selected the following project to develop products around.
Brief #4: DISH Second screen mobile/tablet experience
Design a second-screen experience to enhance viewing on the DISH Network that capitalizes on the inherent advantages of tablet and mobile devices.
To create an experience that truly adds to the existing DISH experience.
Here are some samples of the work they presented.
Carol Li Persona and User Journey
Lu Yunhao site user flow
Song Hia wireframes
The second project selected was the following:
Brief #2: Havas HR
Design a holistic on-boarding and benefits management experience for Havas employees. The experience should incorporate data from: Peoplesoft, ADP, SmartBen, BRI, and Aetna and present it in a way that is highly accessible and usable for Havas.
The goal is to streamline and improve the interface between employees and their information and information.
HR, All Havas Employees
Gracie Chien – HR On-boarding tool, Wireframe