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.

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…