Top Knot Agency
Top Knot Agency
Top Knot delivers top-notched evidence-based UX research and design by recruiting and mentoring talented young designers in your area.
Top Knot delivers top-notched evidence-based UX research and design by recruiting and mentoring talented young designers in your area. Read more
About this project
What's Top Knot all about?
Top Knot is a student-powered design and research consultancy that delivers top-notched evidence-based UX research and design by recruiting and mentoring talented young designers and connecting them with businesses to meet their needs.
Driven young designers are able to grow their industry competencies by doing professional-level client work. This means being able to take on design projects during the school year on a part-time basis. On the other hand, local business owners are able to fulfill their business needs and test-drive potential talent.
At our university, the academic opportunities are endless. We have a fantastic Cognitive Science/Human Computer Interaction program with world-class faculty.
However, there's a lot to be done in helping students thrive in industry. Having TA'd for key design courses and having led the pre-professional design club here on campus, too often do we see students feeling very underprepared for the industry. There is a scarcity of available mentorship and opportunities to build skills in implementation, execution, and presenting work at a professional level.
By rallying some of our most driven young designers to do their best work in this student-powered agency, we can build elevate university's reputation for producing industry-ready designers. We can engage local professionals and alumni in training and mentoring them. We can grow local businesses through user-centered research and design.
Risks and challenges
This service relies on whether or not our young designers will be able to rise up to a professional level. It'll be up to them to be able to professionally manage clients and deliver work in the midst of school and extracurriculars.
However, this is not the first time student-powered consulting services have existed. With proper process to ensure accountability and mentorship to help our young designers to deliver professionally we can ensure a successful team and happy clients.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter