We’re Connected to Community
Each term we build partnerships with forward-thinking organizations. Our students create projects of real world impact for their portfolios. Meanwhile, the partners receive valuable, high-quality work.
Community partners (and counting)
Projects completed by students
Areas your business could improve
What Our Partners Are Saying
The students’ user research helped confirm our suspicions of what we need in a project site. Their architecture for a back end site shows an excellent understanding of how our program works and what we need to meaningfully sort, organize and showcase our student projects.
The students were proactive, effective with the project. They built something relevant to our needs and made great recommendations. They provided us with something that is useful in the real world that can (and will) be implemented.
Amazing opportunity for non-profits to get skilled volunteer support in a structured way. The opportunity came up at the perfect time for us. Thanks for your help!
You guys are amazing! Such a refreshing approach to education and giving back to the community. There’s still growing & settling going on, but that also adds to the delight and the magic I’ve seen unfold at RED. Keep up the amazing work. I’m already recommending you to other organizations!
Previously Completed Community Projects
Change Heroes Mobile App
One partner on our list is Change Heroes, a local tech start-up with big dreams. Change Heroes is the leader in peer-to-peer fundraising. They provide their peer-to-peer fundraising platform to non-profit organizations, like Me to We. The formula for success with the Change Heroes platform is personalized video asks to your friends and family. You and ”X” amount of your friends donate a small amount per day for a set time period in order to reach the project goal. Their software is also white labeled and sold to businesses for internal campaigns. Change Heroes proposed to work with our full time UX program on designing a mobile app. Partnered with Change Heroes was students Andrea Pittman, Andres Navas, Elina Lee and Lucas Sellyn.
Digital Marketing with Lunapads
One of our amazing Digital Marketing community partners was lunapads.com. lunapads.com is a woman-owned business on a social mission. Located in Vancouver, BC, their eco-friendly products are designed to give individuals more positive and informed experiences of their menstrual cycle. The products are also designed to meet the needs of women throughout their life stages. Their belief is that using reusable menstrual products is a way to empower and honour ourselves, as well as care for the planet. Lunapads are now used by thousands of customers worldwide. As a result, 2 million disposable pads and tampons are now being diverted from landfills every month! The problem that Lunapads is facing is low conversion rates and limited awareness for their products. They came to us to try and solve these issues with our digital marketing program. Partnered with Lunapads are students Cassandra Chanes, Karen Kennedy, and Sadi Baker.
Track your Impact Mobile App
We fortunately have the bragging rights to say we partnered our students with We.org, the parent organization for We Day, Me to We and Free the Children. Me to We was the organization that the proposed project sat under. In case you’re not familiar, Me to We is a non-profit organization that supports sustainable development. Their five pillars of sustainability support projects in education, health, water sanitation, food security, and creating alternative income. You may be more familiar with their products, however. In many retailers you can find the logo attached to bracelets, calendars, clothing and more. Each of these products have a unique code on the back. These codes give you an opportunity to “Track Your Impact” on the Me to We website. You’ll be linked to a generic case study of the pillar your product supports. They proposed to work with the UX students at RED to evolve the current Track Your Impact feature. On the team was Chris Ulmer, Katherine Wearing and James King.
What our students say
Fall 2015 Alumni
One of the proudest moment of my life was brought to me by my community partner. Working with Change Heroes was rewarding beyond anything I could describe. We went to their office after the project had ended and I looked up on the wall. There were our designs all mapped out with arrows and in the process of being built. It was the moment I had felt I achieved my goal of becoming a UX designer from this program; a goal I worked hard to achieve! Thank you to Change Heroes for the gifts given that went beyond the scope of our project.
Fall 2015 Alumni
Working for Pebble Baby has been one of the greatest challenges I have faced in a working environment. Being unfamiliar with the target users (mom’s and babies) and business goals forced me to immerse myself in the research process. After presenting our solution to Pebble’s owners and hearing what they had to say about our work, I felt extremely proud. Pebble Baby marks a very important moment in my life: the transition from a UX Design student to a UX Design professional.
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