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My IBM Design Bootcamp Experience.

By Eytan Davidovits & Rachel Sibley.

This is a 6-part blog series by (and about) Eytan Davidovits, a Visual Designer who joined IBM Design in December 2015. In January 2016, Eytan embarked on IBM Design Bootcamp, an intensive 3-month onboarding experience for early career design talent, and decided to chronicle his adventures. Take a peek inside Eytan’s world; you’ll learn skills and practices at the heart of IBM Design Thinking. Eytan is one face of the future of IBMand of Design itself.

Design New Hire Story

The Journey Begins

“We are so excited to see you for IBM Design Bootcamp on Tuesday, January 19!”

This invitation, a line in an email I’d received one week ago, echoed through my mind as I rode the elevator to the 7th floor of IBM Studios Austin. Today I’d embark on IBM Design Bootcamp: a three-month on-boarding experience crafted by IBM Design for its early-career, newly minted IBM Designers. I was jittery with nerves.

The moment I stepped through the door, all my nerves vanished. We were greeted by a crowd of designers cheering at the top of their lungs, welcoming us to the IBM Design community. In a company that some see as huge and impersonal, it was exhilarating to be greeted with such excitement from my first day.

Austin Sign

My IBM Design Bootcamp cohort consists of 45 excited new designers, most of us right out of college. Our professional domains vary and overlap: our group includes researchers, user experience designers, visual designers,...

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