Magical Experiences: Shyp Your Goodwill

As designers, most of us want to create products that are simply useful and effective. But we also want to create experiences that feel magical. We think Shyp’s latest partnership, Shyp + Goodwill, has done just that. Shyp, an on-demand pick-up and ship-your-things service, turns a few taps on your phone into a choreless afternoon. So when Shyp teamed Read more…

Cameron Koczon Gets Real

Cameron Koczon and Chris Shiflett created Brooklyn Beta, the design conference that felt more like a reunion with friends and which aimed to bring talented designers and developers together in the hopes that something great might happen. Cameron is one of the leads for the creative agency Fictive Kin where he helped create Very Goods Read more…

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…

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