Two Steps Back: Growing Your Career by Embracing the Unknown

Last June, I found myself without a job for the first time in 17 years. I had just left Jawbone, where I designed and built interactive and connected experiences for consumer electronics. The reason I left was simple: leaving would force me to grow my career as a Product Designer and push me in new Read more…

How Sketching Spreads Design Thinking at Flipboard

Flipboard, a company that truly values design, will participate for a fourth time in our upcoming Bridge 5 program. Head of Design Marcos Weskamp joined Flipboard’s founding team in 2010 and played a key role in shaping its product and also the company itself. At Flipboard, both designers and engineers sketch out their ideas and everyone Read more…

Learning from Twitter to Make Medium

“If you’re starting a company and thinking about where your value comes from, it’s increasingly design.” Ev Williams has co-founded a handful of Internet companies and seen Blogger and Twitter from fledgling products to household names. But even successes have some snags along the way. With his new venture, Medium, he’s striving to make every Read more…

Inside Bridge 2

Bridge is a professional development program for experienced designers hosted by Designer Fund. Bridge designers join one of our vetted partner companies full time. Once a week, they attend intimate workshops and talks with leading designers and are welcomed into our community, which includes some of the most influential designers in the world. To learn more about Read more…

Apply to Bridge 3: Take the Next Step

Bridge is a professional development program for experienced designers hosted by Designer Fund. Bridge designers join one of our vetted partner companies full time. Once a week, they attend intimate workshops and talks with leading designers and are welcomed into our community, which includes some of the most influential designers in the world. To learn more about Read more…

Designing with Intention

“We’re designers, we can probably solve any problem. But we can’t solve every problem.” To improve as a designer, and to help your product and team succeed, striving for something pixel-perfect is just part of the battle. It’s important to be as intentional about all your choices as you are about your design, says Facebook Read more…

To Drive Growth, Dive into Data

“If you can bring a data driven component to some elements of what you do, you can be outrageously powerful.” Big-picture brainstorming lets startups dream up exciting products and get them off the ground, but it’s data-minded decision making that will keep them climbing upward. “If you can bring a data driven component to some Read more…

Designing a Better Way to Work

Working in tech, Justin Rosenstein had seen smart, driven, creative people come together—and proceed to get in each other’s way. “I would watch people spend over half their day not doing engineering or design or marketing, not doing the thing they were great at or passionate about, but instead doing work about work,” sitting in Read more…

Day in the Life at Dropbox: Rasmus Andersson

  Wonder what it’s like to be a designer at tech company that truly values design? We invite you to take peek into one of our Bridge partners, Dropbox, through the eyes of Rasmus Andersson. Rasmus spent four years as the original designer for Spotify in Sweden before moving to the US in 2011 to Read more…

Interviewing with Startups: Tips for Designers

While some designers are fundamentally more qualified than others, interviews can completely change a team’s perception about a candidate. Sometimes a designer we were lukewarm on crushed it and we immediately wanted them to join, while other times a dream candidate blew it and we’d leave their presentation bewildered. Looking back, some informed preparation could Read more…