Respect the Maker: How to Weave Creativity Back into Your Day to Day

A few years ago, I hurt myself knitting. I knitted four baby sweaters in 10 days — including during some very extended international flights — which resulted in searing pain from tendonitis. I had to wear a wrist brace, and everyone assumed I had carpal tunnel from typing. What drove me to knit my way Read more…

A Designer’s Guide to Working in Tech

Many of us who trained as graphic or industrial designers could never have envisioned a career in technology — and then suddenly, given the rare combination of timing, opportunity, and market, we find ourselves thrust into an industry that we’re not just new to but is also rapidly changing how all people work.

Career Spotlight: Ed Lea, Product Designer at Google

Ed Lea’s design career began in the UK in 1999 as a motion graphics designer for Abbey Road. He did award-winning motion graphic work Enhanced CDs (E-CD’s) and DVDs and transitioned to product design roles around 2007, building products at Qype (acquired by Yelp), Tango, and Inkling (through Designer Fund’s Bridge program). Today he’s at Read more…

The Right Way to Accept a Job Offer

So you’ve received a job offer. Congratulations! The role is exactly what you’ve been looking for, the salary is competitive, the benefits package looks great, you believe in the mission of the company, and they have cold brew on tap! You can’t wait to sign — but you shouldn’t, yet. Every now and then, I Read more…

Announcing Bridge 2017

Bridge is a professional development program for experienced designers. Since its inception, we’ve hosted five iterations of the program and each has been met with great interest from both top designers and companies. Today, we have nearly 100 Bridge Alumni, rigorously selected from more than 4,500 applicants from all over the world. More than half Read more…

Design Critiques: How to Maintain Trust at Scale

Design critiques are an essential part of the design process. If run effectively, critiques can elevate a team’s work and contribute to a team culture of trust and collaboration. Continuing to make effective use of this time can be challenging as organizations grow and responsibilities shift. We spoke with design leaders at Facebook, Asana, and Read more…

How to Communicate the ROI of Design

This is the fourth article in our four-part series on design leadership. To stay up to date on the full series and other Designer Fund news,  join our email newsletter. The impact of design is notoriously difficult to measure. We know intuitively that great design leads to great products, and understand that it can influence Read more…

Getting to Yes: Achieving Alignment in the Design Process

This is the third article in our four-part series on design leadership. To stay up to date on the full series and other Designer Fund news,  join our email newsletter. Design can be messy and unpredictable and the design process opaque, posing unique challenges for design managers as they guide their teams from kick-off to Read more…

3 Ways To Be A Better Design Leader

This is the second article in our four-part series on design leadership. Join our email newsletter to stay up to date on the full series and other Designer Fund news. There are countless books, seminars, conferences, and programs to teach you about business leadership, but design leadership requires an entirely different skill set and is Read more…

A Design Team’s Guide to Leveling

This is the first article in our four-part series on design leadership. Join our email newsletter to stay up to date on the full series and other Designer Fund news. A design team with an excellent job leveling system has an easier time retaining the designers they worked so hard to hire. Practically speaking, leveling can Read more…