I'm not sure if it's allowed or frowned upon to ask directly for assistance in the forum so if it is please let me know and delete this thread !
I have just finished up the UX Research & Strategy course with DesignLab, it was good (but did have its issues) and I plan to most likely do another in the new year. While I'm waiting to begin that and finish off the case study I have started in the research course I've been thinking it might be better to work on a "real" project in the mean time (rather than another hypothetical idea I made up for a course). When I say 'real' I don't mean that I'm going to quit my job and take on a UX job and get paid for it but rather to work on a redesign for a current website that actually exists and that people use and see how through using the design process I can come up with a better version, the idea being that it will give me something recognisable in my portfolio to show to prospective future employers
It would be great if I could find someone to bounce ideas off as I go about this and hopefully get some direction on how to best apply the research methods I choose and to help me to get the best information out of the data I collect and some solid critique on my designs from someone with some more experience.
Not looking for too much of anybodies time I know everyone is busy, maybe just some email correspondence if I have any questions or if it suited the odd Skype call to discuss work to date etc?
I'm really hoping to make the move from my current web design role into a much more UX focused role in the new year and think this is a good way to build up my portfolio and also to keep me thinking and working to hopefully improve on what I already know.
In return for any assistance I will happily buy you some beers should you ever make it to Dublin