Join a community of design leaders

Bridge is a professional development program for design leaders from product, communication, and management backgrounds. Join for ongoing development and lifelong support from a community of exceptional designers.

Upcoming Programs

Product Design

Share the latest processes for designing successful apps and digital products.

Jan 23 - Mar 1, 2017

Communication Design

Exchange best practices for creating leading brands, visual systems, and content.

Jan 23 - Jun 5, 2017

Design Management

Focus on the best ways to manage your creative process and team as a design leader.

Jan 23 - Sep 5, 2017


See how the best design teams produce great work

Bridge Fellows join a program with a small group of experienced designers from our partner companies. As a participant, you’ll meet weekly on Tuesday evenings for family-style dinners, workshops, and inspiring talks from leading creatives. Past speakers have included Facebook’s Julie Zhuo, who spoke about designing with intention, and Bret Victor, who talked about the future of creative tools.

These off-the-record gatherings give you a peek behind the scenes at other tech companies, with recent, noteworthy examples of design, methods, and tools you won’t hear about anywhere else. Each program explores craft and leadership skills, then dives deep into one focus area.



Connect with the Bay Area’s best companies for design

Every year we partner with up to 30 companies with industry-leading design practices. Fellows connect with senior designers and leadership from these companies during intimate weekly dinners and special events. We select partners who invest in their design talent, differentiate product with design, and have a meaningful mission.

Many Fellows enter the program by accepting a new design role at one of our partner companies, which nominates the designer for Bridge. If you’re looking for a new full-time position, your Bridge application can act as a common application that becomes visible to 30+ hiring companies. Designers who currently work for our partners can also be nominated to participate in Bridge, and designers from outside companies may apply as well.

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Get lifelong support from a community of influential designers

Bridge Fellows, Alumni, Guild members, and other leaders in the design community regularly gather for ongoing development. We host events such as Women in Design and Source, a daylong summit for design leaders, to share insights and bring together our extended design community. As a Bridge Fellow, you become part of a supportive group of influential designers who are available for collaboration and one-on-one discussions about your career and craft.

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Ken Wong, 2014 Apple Design Award

Upcoming Programs

Product Design

Share the latest processes for designing successful apps and digital products.

Jan 23 - Mar 1, 2017

Communication Design

Exchange best practices for creating leading brands, visual systems, and content.

Jan 23 - Jun 5, 2017

Design Management

Focus on the best ways to manage your creative process and team as a design leader.

Jan 23 - Sep 5, 2017

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Meet a few of our Bridge Alumni

Having Designer Fund open doors to vetted, design-focused companies around San Francisco has allowed me to actually do work I am passionate about.

If you feel like you're only experiencing one way to design, one way to work with a team, one way to solve problems, Bridge will blow that up.

Being surrounded by incredibly talented designers and peers who were not only talking the talk but doing game-changing work inspired me to get my butt in my seat and keep trying.