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

ZenPayroll helps businesses easily handle the very complex and often frustrating task of running payroll – paying employees and properly handling the taxes associated with these payments. In late 2014, with a solid product and healthy traction, the design team decided to build new ways to get more customers onto ZenPayroll. Turning Customers into Advocates 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…

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…

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