Women in Design 2017: Women Working Together

We’re thrilled to announce our sixth Women in Design event on Thursday, September 28th. This year, we’ll welcome design leaders from Adobe, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest to explore the theme of women working together and how female leaders can better collaborate and celebrate success in the workplace. Dinner, talks, and a panel will be Read more…

How I Build Effective Design Teams

Amanda Linden is a Director of Product Design at Facebook. She was previously Head of Design at Asana and Design Director at Intuit. She first shared these ideas in February 2017 at Source, Designer Fund’s annual summit for design leaders. As more tech companies prioritize design, leaders get both permission and pressure to hire effective design teams quickly. The Read more…

Announcing the Bridge Design Management Program

Earlier this year, we announced the growth of Bridge, our professional development program for experienced designers. In June, we wrapped up our Product Design program with 26 exceptional designers and earlier this week we kicked off our Product & Communication Design program with another 26 fellows. Today, we’re excited to officially open up applications for Read more…

Shaping Design Culture

Mia Blume, former design lead at Pinterest, Square, and IDEO, first shared these ideas in February 2017 at Source, Designer Fund’s annual summit for design leaders. Every company wants a healthy design culture. The challenge is getting there. When faced with the need for cultural change, leadership often fails to be effective because they miss the Read more…

Thrown Into Management: Lessons Learned Leading Thumbtack’s Design Team

Thumbtack is a partner company for Bridge, Designer Fund’s professional development program for experienced designers.  I joined Thumbtack in July of 2015. I’d been at a consulting firm for seven years, and Thumbtack’s mission of connecting people to local small-business professionals really spoke to me. But six weeks in, my VP of Design decided to Read more…

Meet the 2017 Product Design Bridge Fellows

This year, Designer Fund is hosting three Bridge programs that focus on different design disciplines: Product Design, Product & Communication Design, and Design Management. We’re excited to announce the 2017 Product Design Bridge Fellows, a select group of exceptional designers who represent the next generation of design leaders. This year’s Fellows were chosen from nearly Read more…

Approachable, Human Design: How an Illustrator & Letterer Bring the Gusto Brand to Life

When you’re at the theatre, you don’t often think about the backstage crew. Behind every actress on center stage are dozens of skilled supporters, running in dozens of directions, to bring every stage production to life. HR professionals are often the unsung heroes of organizations that keep teams operating on a daily basis. Gusto, an Read more…

Announcing the Bridge Product & Communication Design Program

This year, we’ve expanded Bridge to serve more designers across three programs and help shape design culture at top companies in Silicon Valley. Our first program is completely full and we’re excited to announce that applications for our second program, Product & Communication Design, are now open. Our goal is to help designers advance in their Read more…

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.