The Hike Conference comes to Chicago October 24–25 after a sold-out inaugural edition in San Francisco earlier this year. VSA Partners’ Dave Ritter, Partner and Discipline Lead—Design, and Mike Joosse, Director of Communications, are among the speakers. Billed by its organizers The Secret Handshake as “the conference we wish we’d attended in school,” Hike was created for design students and new professional designers.
Ritter’s presentation, “Always Looking,” discusses what VSA looks for in entry-level applicants, how to prepare for a job interview and speak intelligently about projects, and tailoring portfolios to specific opportunities. Joosse’s “This is What We Talk About When We Talk About You” presentation looks at how designers can successfully navigate the myriad of social media channels to improve their personal brands and appeal to prospective employers. The two join Chuck Anderson of No Pattern, Maria Giudice of Facebook, Kim Knoll of Knoed, Alisa Wolfson of Leo Burnett and many others.