Pick a startup to join for 3 months in San Francisco
Design products that impact millions of people worldwide
After Bridge, keep working with your startup or join another company
Join a diverse community of designers from startups including Path, Airbnb, Dropbox, Pinterest, Asana, Omada Health, and Stripe.
Every week you'll come together with Bridge designers to learn from each other along with guest speakers that inspire you to be great.
Designers from visual/UI, interaction/UX and front end engineering backgrounds with mid- to senior-level experience are encouraged to apply. Bridge is for designers who are able to make an immediate impact in a unique three-month experience with a top startup in San Francisco.
We’re looking for designers who are intrinsically generous. They’re the kind of people who ‘pay it forward’ and help their peers without asking for something in return, and they are often the first to lend a hand.
We’re looking for designers who are leaders. If you can’t inspire others, navigate ambiguity, or collaborate with teams, Bridge probably isn’t for you. But if you can be self-guided, can get things done without being micro-managed, and can figure things out without always asking for permission, you may be the perfect fit.
Finally, we’re looking for designers who are deeply curious and friendly people to be around: someone who can be inspired by everything around them and can share insights with others to make their designs better. Also, someone you’d want to hang out with on the weekend…
Designers-in-Residence (“DIRs”) work “in house” with a company for a short period of time while being exposed to a breadth of opportunities. Over the past few years, designers have worked in-residence with venture capital firms (“VCs”) to provide design-related advice to their portfolio of startups, (see more about DIRs on Quora.) The role, Designer-in-Residence, has been used with VCs who have a tradition of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (see more about EIRs on Quora.) Examples of Designers-in-Residence at venture capital firms include Jason Putorti, Enrique Allen, Irene Au, and Garry Tan. Bridge differs from the Designer-in-Residence model with VCs. Instead of light-touch interactions with many companies, Bridge Designers-in-Residence have in-depth engagements for multiple months with a top startup to help ship product while also learning about a breadth of opportunities with a community of awesome designers.
Bridge is a designer-in-residence program that connects experienced designers with top startups in San Francisco. We’d love for designers from visual/UI, interaction/UX and engineering backgrounds with mid- to senior- level experience to apply. Selected designers can choose to be matched with our partner startups including Path, AirBnB, Dropbox, Pinterest, Asana, Omada Health, Stripe and Mindsnacks. Once matched, Bridge designers will be reimbursed up to $10,000 for their relocation costs in addition to receiving equipment, a competitive salary, and health benefits (or a reasonable reimbursement for health insurance coverage) by their startup.
During Bridge, designers work “in residence” with their startup and are paired with designers to help provide creative support throughout the program. Once a week, all of the Bridge designers come together to teach each other skills and learn from inspirational guest speakers. Our goal is for everyone to improve their skills in a core area including visual/UI, interaction/UX, and front-end engineering, as well as gain insight into what it takes to run a successful startup.
After Bridge, startups may invite designers to join their startup long-term, and we’re confident that designers that participate in Bridge are going to leave with more great opportunities than they had before but long-term employment after Bridge is not guaranteed.
Note: The specific terms, including, but not limited to, salary and benefits, may vary and are agreed upon between each Designer-in-Residence and their matched startup.
Apply as early as possible before March 10th, so we have more time to understand your visa situation etc. Many of our partner startups are open to working with international designers and we know some of the best designers in the world are not in San Francisco.
We’ll host private lunches and dinners with Designers-in- Residence with special guests. We’ll also organize informal gatherings like creative movie screenings, hiking, bar and art crawls, sports games, tours, shows and other activities that are fun and build a strong community
Not really because you’ll probably have a full plate, and Designers-in-Residence are expected to dedicate their time during Bridge to their startups, but exceptions can be made. Note that Designers-in-Residence will likely be required to sign an intellectual property agreement with their startup, and if designers wish to exclude any specific project, they should discuss this request in advance with their startup.
We’re looking for startups that: