East to West Coast – Tips for Making a Smooth Transition

Amy Weibel is a Bridge alum who moved out to San Francisco from New York City for Bridge 4. If you’re interested in joining our community, including some of the most influential designers in the world, check out Bridge and keep in touch here.   I’ve long held the personal belief that New York City is the Read more…

How to Use Photography in UI

This is part 2 of a two-part series on how to use imagery well in your design work – you can check out part one here. And join us for our event ‘Photography + Product Design’ in collaboration with Storehouse. Request an invite here by Monday Sept 14! Designers are increasingly adding great photography for branding and storytelling, Read more…

Join us for Photography + Product Design

We’re hosting our first “Photography + Product Design” event on Tuesday, September 29 in collaboration with Storehouse. Join us as we take an inside look at some of the challenges around incorporating photography into your UI. We’ll share a family style dinner, share tips for using photography appropriately, and have a candid Q&A with designers Read more…

Women in design share keys to creative confidence

We recently hosted our fourth Women in Design: Creative Confidence event, featuring top women design leaders: Kate Aronowitz from Wealthfront, Dana Cho from IDEO, Amanda Linden from Asana, and Kristen Spilman from Dropbox. In an intimate and candid conversation, these women shared some of their tips to increasing creative confidence, as well as their personal challenges with taking Read more…

How to Use Photography in Branding

Designers are increasingly adding great photography for branding and storytelling, and when done well it sends a powerful message. Most of the internet can be broken down into text and images, and yet in the design industry we haven’t spoken much about the difference between good and bad photographic curation and placement. This is part Read more…

Going Pro – What it takes to be a lead designer at a top startup

Over the past couple years at Designer Fund we’ve worked closely with many top startups to grow and develop their design teams.  These startups build world-class products, value design, and invest heavily in their designers. In turn, they expect ever-growing contributions from their design teams. From developing an amazing design culture to building prototypes, the Read more…

How Rules and Repetition Inspire Creativity

For centuries, artists have been exploring the benefits of working with constraints. Bach composed the Goldberg variations — an aria and 30 variations for a harpsichord — in 1741. Picasso created an 11-lithograph series of bull illustrations in 1945.  Matt Stevens reinterpreted the same object in his MAX100 project and has serialized a number of his other Read more…

Hack Your Culture with DIY Screen Printing

Making ideas tangible I spent five years working at Facebook as a designer. I pride myself on an ability to design in any medium, and I think it’s important to consider which medium is appropriate for a given design challenge and audience. Like many designers, I have an affinity for posters—I enjoy looking at them, Read more…

Fitbit Design – An Inside Look

Nick Myers, director of user experience design at Fitbit, takes us through the challenges of designing hardware, the type of designers Fitbit looks for, and how they’ve evolved as a team.

Coursera Design – An Inside Look

A few months ago, Coursera hired Matt MacQueen as its first Director of Design. Having settled in a bit, Matt talks us through the current structure of their design team, what works well in their current structure and how he’d love to see it evolve.