/mentoring

Good teachers teach notions their own way.
This way — albeit unique to each — sheds more light on the why of things rather than the how. What good students do is learning the teacher's way and forgetting the notion.

My career is just starting and my way is still very much being shaped. So far I shaped my way the long, hard, stupid way. I taught myself everything I know about interaction design, and for a good deal about design in general. Even so, my path has inevitably been shaped, twisted, dented, and generally distorted by a few, special people. Some of these were mentors.

At this point along my path I feel I can give back, to a specific demographic at least: I'm looking for Italian* designers or wannabe-designers to mentor, people interested in developing or learning interaction design skills.

These are a few of my key experiences that we could talk about or that you can use to asses if I'm the right mentor for you:

  • I dropped out of school three times, mostly from top Italian schools (both from ISIA and IUAV)
  • I lived in Rome, Venice, London, Leipzig (Germany), and the bay area
  • I studied type design in Germany, under Fred Smeijers and Stephan Müller
  • I co-founded ALA, a non-profit for education
  • I have experience mentoring, in and out of work
  • I'm very much of a generalist. I like putting my fingers in the whole design pie, and even discussing the recipe

If you’d like to work together you can write me a letter responding to the questions below; I’ll write back to all letters I receive in this way within two weeks, no matter what. In response to the most exceptional letters, I’ll propose further correspondence — and in certain cases, an ongoing mentoring relationship.

  1. Tell me about yourself. How did you become who you are, and who do you want to become?
  2. What do you hope to gain from our mentoring relationship?
  3. What’s the best thing you’ve read, watched, or listened to lately?
  1. * Why only Italians? Because being an ambitious Italian kid in this economic and political crisis is pretty hard. I can relate to it, and for me this would be time well spent. Why am I writing in english then? Because I will only consider Italians willing to learn english. Whether you already know some english or you are translating this with Google Translate I don't care.
  2. Or UX designer, UI designer, Design Thinker®, Data Visualization Architect or whatever you want to call yourself this week