A Man of Books

Tim Belonax is a man of letters and a man of books. He is a designer, writer, and design educator. Currently, he is graphic design lead at Airbnb where he works with design teams to craft the company’s global brand narrative. Concurrently, he is a Senior Lecturer at California College of the Arts (CCA), where Read more…

The Art of Stretching

Make your side project a sanctuary Completing a graphic novel. Throwing a series of very fancy dinner parties. Creating David-Hockney-style portraits of friends. These are a few items on Minjeong (“MJ”) Kim’s extensive backlog of potential side projects. A predisposition to divergent problem solving and an almost insatiable curiosity are what drive her appetite for Read more…

A Labor of Love: Designers and their Side Projects

A compulsion to author and make things ‘on the side’ permeates the design community. Designers spend nights and weekends laboring over pet projects, out of love. Last year during our professional development program Bridge, we noticed many interesting side projects from the designers in our community. We’ve seen side projects that inspire, side projects that help accelerate careers, and side Read more…

5 Surprising Lessons When Designing for Education

We hosted our first “Design for Edu” event during SF Design week featuring designers from Khan Academy, AltSchool, Medium, Coursera and Inkling. This was a unique opportunity to hear about examples of surprising user behavior that hint at some of the larger design challenges each company is solving. Below are just a few of the Read more…

Designing a Better Referral System

At Designer Fund we believe sharing design best practices is essential to getting better designed products and services in the world. Below is the first in a series of design case studies from our portfolio companies and partners that we hope you can use to improve your products and services. ZenPayroll helps businesses easily handle the very complex Read more…

Design For Edu

We’re hosting our first “Design for Edu” event on Tuesday June 9th during SF Design Week. Join us for an inside look at the opportunity to design for education. We’ll serve dinner, show examples of design challenges, and have candid Q&A featuring designers from Coursera, Khan Academy, Altschool, Medium and Inkling. Request an invitation to our private event here. Read more…

5 Ingredients for Building Community

Over the past few years, people often ask how Designer Fund has built a community of over 100 top designers including founders, leads and angels. Building and sustaining our community from the ground up hasn’t been easy. I’ve learned that you need to intentionally design a community with at least five key ingredients: Purpose, People, Practice, Read more…

What’s on your wrist?

The New York Times recently featured Designer Fund’s perspective in a short video about the growing importance of design, especially for wearables. Successful wearables of the future will continue to “blend technology, information, fashion and personality,” believes Brett Lovelady who helped create the Fuelband. The Apple Watch appears to have this blend and expands what’s possible with connected devices Read more…

The Next Generation of Creative Tools

Over the past few years we’ve seen an incredible rise in the number and adoption of new creative tools. Designers today have the knowledge, technical ability, and desire to build the very tools we use daily to design. These tools are not only improving our ability to design but also allowing us to dream up solutions never before Read more…

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