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Kristie DeLouise BA / BFA Design & Technology Thesis 1 Final 11, December 2012

Professional Exchange Network find your professional match for effective, efficient and positive work experiences


Kristie DeLouise BA / BFA Design & Technology Thesis 1 Final 11, December 2012

Research Question :

How can we create unique collaborative opportunities for individuals, businesses and organizations of differing fields to develop a highly selective, professional exchange network in which both parties befit on personal and intellectual levels?


Kristie DeLouise BA / BFA Design & Technology Thesis 1 Final 11, December 2012

Precedents and Inspiration :

Main Goal : To make a professional interface combining the missions and capabilities of : Match.com + LinkedIn + Freelancer.com + KPBCFellows Other relevant websites : Indeed.com - portal accessing jobs from other online networks - “drives millions of targeted applicants to jobs in every field” - “cost-effective source of candidates for thousands of companies” Elance - find, hire, manage and collaborate with online freelancers” - a community of freelancers discovering unique opportunities from many companies - “where awesome work gets done right away, at the right price” ServiceMatchPros - Service provides results by email - Search for and get matched to a professional contractor in your area who is right for a home improvement job


Kristie DeLouise BA / BFA Design & Technology Thesis 1 Final 11, December 2012

Match.com - Helps singles find their perfect relationship match that they are looking for - Personal profiles act as the data source to suggest and connect compatible matches - “learned more and more about what people want – and the tools they need to help take the lottery out of love”


Kristie DeLouise BA / BFA Design & Technology Thesis 1 Final 11, December 2012

LinkedIn.com - globally recognized online professional connection net work - provides well organized job, group, company, and contact network with a user oriented design although it may allow too much freedom - “mission is to connect the worlds professionals to make them more productive and successful�


Kristie DeLouise BA / BFA Design & Technology Thesis 1 Final 11, December 2012

Freelancer.com - connects employees and freelancers for business and design services - “outsourcing and crowd-sourcing marketplace for small business�


Kristie DeLouise BA / BFA Design & Technology Thesis 1 Final 11, December 2012

KPBCFellows.com - pairs innovative startup companies in Silicon Valley with engineering and design students to participate in a work based fellowship for three months - “offers outstanding college students from across the United States an opportunity to gain significant experience working on unique and challenging technical or design problems, and to develop new relationships that are meaningful to their careers� - network with people in the field and meet talented students


Kristie DeLouise BA / BFA Design & Technology Thesis 1 Final 11, December 2012

Audience : - People who are unhappy with confusing and inefficient online job search, professional network websites - People who would like a more efficient, rewarding and enjoyable workplace

- Employers with little time to evaluate the way a new employee or client will interact with others - Risk takers who are willing to “comfortably� work outside of their comfort zone

- Intellectuals in pursuit of partnerships for new, enriching, educational experiences - Professionals in need of collaborative working relationships to fulfill projects

- Tension filled work environments where relationships and professional services begin to suffer as a result


Kristie DeLouise BA / BFA Design & Technology Thesis 1 Final 11, December 2012

Prototypes : Wireframes for website


Kristie DeLouise BA / BFA Design & Technology Thesis 1 Final 11, December 2012

Recommendations :

A list of critiques and improvements for the final website - Differentiate website from others out there - Make it fun and interactive - Like a Facebook for Professionals - Others are too technical’ - Simple and pretty interface - Add nonprofit section? - LinkedIn is innefeciend and unliked - KPBC fellows is most relevant - Gives people a chance especially students - Change of environment with corporate approach - People with an education but no marketable skills - Allow movement and change of fields or interests - Access points to address - Specify different users and if they can use the same portal - Different of general audiences - Offer to startup community - Allow options and flexibility as to not pigeon whole anyone - Specify kinds of connections - Make different from match.com


Kristie DeLouise BA / BFA Design & Technology Thesis 1 Final 11, December 2012

Future Schedule :

What I plan to do over the winter break and next semester: -

Examine critiques and begin to re-ideate using suggestions and reccomendations Prototype website with wireframes Interview proffessionals and students to find target users and their needs Prototype many different interface interactions Test prototypes Read from reading list Continue to research about other fellowships or programs that can be included or used as precedents Begin designing interface Code and realize website


Kristie DeLouise BA / BFA Design & Technology Thesis 1 Final 11, December 2012

Thank You!! =]


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