🪴 Join our DI Cohort!

Are you a designer looking for a new challenge? Our Fall 2023 cohort seeks passionate and talented individuals to join our associate teams and tackle exploratory, out-of-the-box problems. Check out our website to learn more about the exciting projects our design associates work on.

Cohort meetings will be on Mondays from 6-8 PM.

Applications close Saturday, October 7th, @ 11:59 PM PST.

<aside> <img src="/icons/exclamation-mark-double_blue.svg" alt="/icons/exclamation-mark-double_blue.svg" width="40px" /> Apply to the Cohort Now.


<aside> <img src="/icons/exclamation-mark-double_blue.svg" alt="/icons/exclamation-mark-double_blue.svg" width="40px" /> Returners? Reapply Here


**📝 Application Basics**

✏️ Design Challenge

🙋Want Help?

🚨 Application Workshop Slides

⁉️ FAQs

UPDATE: We have updated our guidelines since there was a key point missing. Please reach out to us via email([email protected]) or Instagram if you have any questions or concerns. We apologize for the oversight on our behalf.

📝  Application Basics

The application process to join our spring cohort consists of 2 parts — the design challenge and the written application.

1️⃣ Design Challenge

This is a short challenge that should take around 4-5 hours. We want to see how you think and solve problems with this activity. You will submit a slide deck going through your process in the application link.

2️⃣ Written Application

We'd like to learn more about you and your interest in joining Design Interactive. It should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

Please note

Incomplete or late submissions will not be reviewed.

Review the application link — this is where you'll submit your written questions and the link to your slide deck to the Design Challenge.

Email interview invitations will be sent out after the deadline.

✏️ Design Challenge


<aside> 🚓 The UC Davis AMP Parking app represents a promising step towards a more streamlined and convenient parking experience on campus. In its early stages of development, there are currently several functional challenges associated with finding and paying for parking, particularly in the Davis area.

<aside> ❓ How might we redesign the UC Davis AMP Parking app to enable users to easily locate and navigate to available campus parking areas to facilitate quick and simple payments?



<aside> 🔗 Apple App Store link to UC Davis AMP Parking App


<aside> 🔗 Android Play Store link to UC Davis AMP Parking App



Submission format: Google Slides (import from Canva if needed)

Embrace a human-centered design process to showcase your problem-solving skills.

Create a digital solution using a tool of your choice (Figma, Adobe XD, Sketch, etc.). Figma is recommended for its accessibility.

While time is limited, we expect some research efforts. Prioritize addressing key pain points in the student experience, whether through interviews, online research, or other relevant methods.

Getting Started

Explore the UC Davis AMP Parking app to familiarize yourself with its functions.

Narrow down your focus to a specific problem within the app. Generate potential solutions through sketches or basic prototypes. Test your ideas with individuals to gather valuable feedback.

In your slide deck, elaborate on the rationale behind your decisions, emphasizing the "why" of your solution.


UX Design and Innovation

Visual and Interaction Design

Communication and Professionalism

🙋 Want Help?

🗳 Application Workshop

We understand that the application process can be difficult, so we are available to assist. To offer guidance on approaching the application, We will have an application workshop on Wednesday, October 4th, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in Wellman 216. The workshop will include a walk-through of the design thinking process as well as a review of a past application. If you want to know more about applying for our Fall 2023 cohort, feel free to attend!

🗣️  1-on-1 Office Hours

Additionally, we’ll be holding virtual office hours every day starting Monday, October 2nd, until the application deadline — feel free to ask us questions, ask about Design Interactive, or have someone to talk to about design.

Schedule a video call with any of us using the Calendly links below. These meetings will be casual, so feel free to talk about anything with us!