So the Inductees to the Designer Mentoring Program are…

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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Wow! The response to the Designer Mentoring Program has been an overwhelming success. Over 30 designers of all levels have expressed interest in taking part. It was a really tough decision and I spent a lot of time agonizing over the decisions. At the end of the day the following designers were selected based on a few simple criteria:

1) The Designers can leverage off each other.
The Designer Mentoring Program is not only about spending some time with me, but will also be a small community of designers with a similar passion and attitude towards design. Part of the process will include interacting and learning from each other in their day to day experiences.

2) The Designers have completed school.
This was a tough one. I had almost as many student designers as there were designers in industry. However, I had decided against student designers for this intake as, unlike graduate designers, student designers still have access to mentors in the form of their teachers.

3) The Designers showed great passion and engagement.
The Designers selected, showed a lot of passion with their work as well as took a lot of effort to ensure that I understood what they were all about. Nothing scored more points than a willingness to improve.

So without further ado, the Padawans are:

  1. Waikit Chung
  2. Ingo Rauth
  3. David Emmett
  4. Mikkel Holm
  5. Eugene Cheong

Padawans, do check your email in-boxes, as I will be contacting all of you soon with the way forward in this Designer Mentoring Program. David and Mikkel, please drop me an email at dt [at] so that I can get the ball rolling.

I’d like to thank all the designers for taking their time to leave comments, sending their portfolios or sharing their work with me. It is plainly obvious that there are a lot of great talent out there, and I’m humbled that you have decided to join up.

I really feel sad that I can’t take in more designers into the program, but not to worry, I hope to to get around organizing more intakes in the future. So do keep in touch, or even better, why not subscribe (via email) to Design Sojourn, if you have not already?

  • DKuntz2

    June 18, 2009 at 11:46 am Reply

    They’re Padawans, not padiwans. (sorry, Star Wars nerd…)

  • Michael

    June 4, 2009 at 8:56 pm Reply

    congratulations to the chosen ones! and thanks for the wonderful opprtunity you have created! I look forward to seeing how these young padawans go

  • Oliver Pecharroman

    June 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm Reply

    Congrats to all the elected!
    And thanks to make this possible, i’m still looking forward to get involed in this somehow. I will keep up after i finish my degree or u expand this program.
    So far, it’s been very possible to get involved with this, on my first behance network upload i got a suprisingly showcase of my project on! Feel free to review it here
    All my best!

  • euge

    June 3, 2009 at 3:15 pm Reply

    thank you Brian…truly and honour it is…especially looking forward to the experience and the journey…
    o…and congratulations to all the fellow padawans…

  • Waikit Chung

    June 3, 2009 at 9:23 am Reply

    Wow fantastic! It is really an honor to be one of the lucky Padawans. I am looking forward to meet and learn about the other Padawans and begin with the training as I have said before, I will blog about my journey during the program and share as much as I can. Master Brian, we will not let you down 😉

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