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UTD and UNT Students Sketchnote Big Design 2021 Talks

For the past few years, we student volunteers from design programs at UT Dallas and UNT have sketchnoted and live blogged  Big Design Conference talks. For many of these students, it is their first industry experience and professional conference. They really enjoy the interactions and experience, too.

This year’s theme is designing for dignity, which relates to the sketchnotes provided by the student volunteers. Several years ago, we met with officers from the UX Club at UT Dallas, who were student volunteers for the previous year’s Big Design Conference. During this meeting, one of the students suggested sketch noting and live blogging as an exchange for their Big Design ticket.

Cassini Nazir, their faculty advisor, organized the student volunteers. They covered every talk, met industry speakers, and posted their sketch notes. Live blogging provided some additional online energy, too.

We want to take a moment to express our appreciation for the sketch notes provided for previous conferences. Thanks especially to Aarifa Gowani (UT Dallas) and Caylin Gaines (UNT) for their help organizing the talks.

View all the conference talks from the past 7 years

This year we had students from four DFW-area universities sketchnote the conference:

  • UT Dallas
  • University of North Texas
  • Texas Christian University
  • Souther Methodist University

Thanks to the sketchnoters:

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