Cal Poly

News and Events

Topics

Design Team Including OCOB Student Tyler Rathod Wins First Place At Adobe Creative Jam

Words by Christina Arthur

After 20 hours of hectic work—including white-boarding, sketching, and interviewing app users—a team of Cal Poly students emerged victorious at a recent competition co-hosted by Adobe XD and IBM iX. 

The event was part of the nationwide Adobe Creative Jams competition, a series that puts teams and their creative skills to the test using Adobe Creative Cloud. This jam in particular focused on finding solutions to help prevent climate change. Out of a field of 52 other squads, which faced off on Sep. 27 through 29, one of the two Cal Poly teams competing in the event won first place.

The challenge was to build an app prototype that aims to give users an experience that enables accessible climate change action by presenting environmentally responsible tasks. This all had to be completed in 48 hours. The winning team included art and design (graphic design concentration) students Amber Chiang, Sasha Menshikova, Cody Capella and Sam Rogers, plus business (concentration in information systems) student Tyler Rathod. 

“We failed a lot within 48 hours and ended up with some bad things,” Rathod said, “and we had to throw them away and make better things based off of what we learned from our mistakes.” 

According to Rathod, the event was a crunch. “The time constraint was definitely one of the biggest things, because prototyping an app takes a decent amount of time and we only had 48 hours,” he said.

He also added that one of the most valuable things he took from the experience was the power of working across disciplines, as he learned that design is a collaborative and iterative process. “I had never done a design project with other people before. This was my first time doing that and it was really nice to be able to bounce ideas off them, because doing a project on my own is a little bit harder.”

With a group consisting of talented graphic designers and illustrators, a student who was good at UX research and writing, and a student who Rathod worked alongside to do a lot of the visual design and user-flows, the team gained the experience of rapidly generating ideas, working through them, and trying to execute them.“We failed a lot within 48 hours and ended up with some bad things,” Rathod said, “and we had to throw them away and make better things based off of what we learned from our mistakes.” 

“A lot of modern design teams at these big tech companies will have white-boarding sessions, then they will do wire-framing, user-flows, and then they will develop prototypes. The process we followed was in line with that, so I definitely gained an applicable skill going forward.” 

Rathod compared the experience to the way in which professional design teams operate.“A lot of modern design teams at these big tech companies will have white-boarding sessions, then they will do wire-framing, user-flows, and then they will develop prototypes. The process we followed was in line with that, so I definitely gained an applicable skill going forward.” 

Many of the teams participating in the field hailed from top universities, such as Yale, Georgetown, and other schools with reputable design programs, so finishing in first place was a significant victory for the Cal Poly group. “Our program is relatively small,” Rathod said, “but we were really excited to win. It’s also just an awesome piece to put in our portfolios.”

Posted Oct 29, 2019

Recent News

More news

Navigation

Our Stories

Cal Poly Business Magazine

See More

Giving

sample image snippet

Support Learn by Doing