Join Us for a Discussion with Professor Sherry Turkle on Reclaiming Conversation

Join us for a conversation with Professor Sherry Turkle on Tuesday, May 31st at Fitbit’s San Francisco headquarters. We’ll discuss insights from her latest book, Reclaiming Conversation, and what designers can do to ensure we continue to have real face-to-face interactions and conversations. Turkle will share how technology is impacting our interpersonal relationships and our Read more…

How to Trust Yourself: Insights from 6 Top Women Leaders in Design & Tech

On April 19, 2016, Designer Fund hosted the fifth Women in Design event at Medium’s office in downtown San Francisco. Historic buildings painted a stunning background for the evening, during which top designers were treated to an intimate look at the inner worlds of six prominent female leaders in design and tech. Maria Molfino, women’s Read more…

Women in Design: Voice and Risk

Enjoy the recap of this event: How to Trust Yourself: Insights from 6 Top Women Leaders in Design & Tech   We’re excited to announce our fifth Women in Design event on Tuesday, April 19th. Join us for candid roundtable conversations with creative leaders from Dropbox, Pinterest, Samasource, Brit + Co, and Facebook, as well as Read more…

5 Dos and Don’ts for Your Design Portfolio

I’ve reviewed a lot of design portfolios, from design school applicants to seasoned designers looking to join booming tech startups. In the past few months alone, I’ve reviewed more than a thousand design portfolios to select top candidates for the fifth session of Designer Fund’s Bridge program. As you might expect, a few patterns emerged; Read more…

Magical Experiences: Monument Valley

  This is the game that won a 2014 Apple Design Award, Apple’s Best iPad Game of 2014, Best Mobile & Handheld 2015 by BAFTA, and a dozen more. It’s made its name for being arguably the most beautifully designed game for mobile ever made. (And reinforced that name in non-paid product placement in House Read more…

How to Use Your Space to Change Behavior

In my role as Creative Director of the Stanford d.school, I’ve thought about and built many creative spaces along with the co-author of Make Space, Scott Witthoft. At the d.school we teach a human-centered and experimental design process for approaching problems. Our students include people from a wide variety of backgrounds: educators, executives, business students, Read more…

How to Understand and Negotiate Your Startup Compensation

You prepared for and had fantastic interviews. You love the team, the mission, the culture and the design team loves you back. You’ve made sure the company is at a size that fits your needs, that there are opportunities for growth, and you know the work you’d be doing short/medium term. Two days later you Read more…

Insights from “Designing for Financial Services”

At Designer Fund, we are working to bring design to underserved industries like health care, energy, and education. These services are essential to our lives and design is what can make them usable and delightful. Financial services is particularly in need of design, especially as new technologies are reshaping the industry. And while terms like “compound interest” might Read more…

A Designer’s Guide to Joining a Startup

We’ve put together a collection of resources to help guide you through the new job process, from what questions to ask about your career and assembling your portfolio, to interviewing and what it takes to be an exceptional designer. We want to share these tips and best practices we’ve learned in hopes that more designers Read more…

Bridge Preview Night with Jessica Hische

  Join us for Bridge Preview night on Tuesday, October 13 if you’re interested in Bridge. We’ll have a Q&A session about Bridge followed by a family-style dinner and a fireside chat with Jessica Hische, lettering artist and author. If you’d like to get a taste for a Bridge evening and get to know our community, request an Read more…