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…

Stripe + Bridge

Guest post by Ludwig Pettersson, designer at Stripe At Stripe, design is a core part of what we build. Whenever we work on a new product, engineers and designers work alongside each other from day one. Products aren’t built by product managers; instead the people creating the product take on this role. This gives designers Read more…

Interview with Omada’s Adrian James

What started out as an open ended 2 month research project at IDEO has in the last two years spun out into a full fledged startup with a mission of enabling long term diabetes prevention. Using digital tracking, customized coaching and the support of peers, Omada aims to foster and sustain healthy behaviors among their Read more…

Bridge Live Interview with Path’s Dustin Mierau

We’re excited to announce the second of our series of live interviews with designers from each of our partner companies. Next up is Path’s Dustin Mierau! When – Friday, March 1 at 12:30-1:00pm PST Where – To listen to it live, visit our Bridge webcast channel here. Want to be more involved in these conversations? Send Read more…

Bridge Live Interview with Pinterest’s Justin Edmund

We’re excited to announce the first of a series of live interviews with designers from each of our partner companies. First up is Pinterest’s Justin Edmund! When – Wednesday, February 27 at 12:30-1:00pm PST Where – To listen to it live, visit our Bridge webcast channel here. Want to be more involved in these conversations? Read more…

Why We Chose Path

We’ve spent a long time ensuring our Bridge partners are places designers can thrive. Over the next few weeks, we want to share what makes these companies so special and why we chose them as Bridge partners. _______________________________________________________ As a four year old, Dave Morin got his first computer – a Mac Plus. Alongside Braun Read more…

Building a New Startup Path for Designers

After graduating from UCLA’s design school, consulting as a designer, and building products like Magento eCommerce, I joined Facebook as a product designer. Most people would refer to this as a job, but for me it was a PhD in design. Building and designing products for millions of people, creating a unique culture, scaling an Read more…

Health Design Challenge – Winners Showcase

Two months ago we embarked on a design challenge to redesign the electronic medical record with the US Department of Health and Human Services. This was a great opportunity to help doctors and patients better manage their health and it clearly resonated with the design community. In only a few weeks, over 230 designers submitted Read more…

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