How to Get Unstuck and other Tips with Jessica Hische

How do you start? ​It depends on the kind of side project—for Daily Drop Cap, I set up some rules for myself that dictated how I wanted the project to go: I decided I was going to draw a letter every day, in the morning when I first got to work, and that I would Read more…

Do What Makes You Feel Alive: Advice from Wilson Miner

Wilson Miner is director of digital design for The California Sunday Magazine. Previously, he was a product designer at Facebook, and lead the design team at Rdio from 2009–2012. Before that, he started a company called EveryBlock, which he describes as “a news journalism data experiment” funded by grants and eventually acquired by msnbc.com. He Read more…

Introducing Wake – A New Way to Share and Discuss Design Work

At Designer Fund, we think a lot about how design teams can improve their process to produce better work. From partnering with many design teams, we’ve learned some of the most challenging parts of the design process are getting good feedback on design work, designing with a cohesive voice, and keeping the design team informed Read more…

Sometimes Success is Actually in the Failures

On the importance of field work, reflection, and flow. Vanessa Koch is a designer at Asana in San Francisco and an alumna of our professional development program, Bridge. She recently collaborated on an interactive mural project with youth through the Mural Music & Arts Project at PROXY in Hayes Valley. Their mural  proposed the question, “How Read more…

Join us for Design for Financial Services

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 From simpler and more delightful loans to better ways to invest your money, startups are rethinking financial services from the ground up. While these new companies promise to democratize access to investment expertise, loans, and money for people everywhere, they also bring with them a unique set of design challenges. We’re Read more…

What I’ve Learned Building Storehouse

Designer Founder Lessons – Mark Kawano During his seven years at Apple, Mark Kawano worked on the design teams for Aperture and iPhoto, and later as the company’s user experience evangelist, focusing on refining user experiences for iOS. The engagement was interesting and the evolving technologies exciting, but Kawano felt frustrated: he was more interested in Read more…

When Your Side Project Becomes Your Main Gig

Matt Brown is a designer and photographer who divides his time between the two with his design consulting practice and fine art photography. Previously, he worked at Pinterest as a product designer and at Facebook on the branding team. Before that, he ran a small design agency with his wife, Tiffani Jones Brown. In between his Read more…

Haasch For Humanity

Find something, no matter how small, that you’re psyched about. Even if it fails, it will be something that came from your heart. As the first full-time designer at Cards Against Humanity (CAH) in Chicago, Emily Haasch wore a lot of hats and she wore them well. She built out the black and white Helvetica aesthetic of Read more…

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