About Us

Empowering creators through accessible, affordable education.

It’s no secret that the world is changing.

With the tools at our disposal, we have the ability to create products and services that enrich the lives of billions of people across the globe. As more products are created each day, good design becomes increasingly necessary to stay relevant in a competitive market.

Today, more than ever before, you can cheaply experiment and reinvent your skills until you find what you truly love. After all, you spend 60% of your waking hours at work, so it’s only right that you enjoy it!

In this environment, we believe these traits are more important than ever: Creativity. Lifelong learning. Passion for your work.
These have no place: Crippling student debt. Unfulfilling jobs. Unsatisfying careers that we choose by default.

We're building the best platform in the world for creative skills education — online courses that feature project-based learning, community feedback, and 1-on-1 mentorship from industry experts. We're combining the power of the internet with the magic of 1-on-1 interaction to create an invaluable educational experience that is affordable and accessible worldwide.

Our goal is to guide you to find the creative work you love and to help you become a master of your craft. Join us!

Team Designlab

Designlab is built by a small distributed team located across the globe.

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    Harish Venkatesan

    Founder/CEO

    Built product at Venmo & Grubwithus

    Graduated from UPenn

    Things I like:

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    Daniel Shapiro

    Founder/CTO

    Was full-stack developer at YCharts

    Graduated from Duke

    Things I like:

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    Paige Saez

    Creative Director

    Former Wieden + Kennedy Strategist, XD at Yammer, Hot Studio, Intuit

    Things I like:

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    Patrick Multani

    UX Academy Community

    Designed at Less & Better

    Graduated from Saxion

    Things I like:

Join the team! See our open positions

Mentor-in-Residence (Part-time, 20 hours a week)

Overview

As a mentor-in-residence, you'll spend 20 hours a week working with students in our UX Academy program, helping train the next generation of UX design talent through written online critique and face-to-face feedback sessions (conducted over Skype or videochat).

About You

  • At least 3-5 years of UI/UX design experience, with demonstrated expertise and a stellar portfolio to match. Our mentors are talented designers who’ve worked at agencies, well-known tech companies like Pinterest, Square, and Uber (to name a few), and as freelancers.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Excited about giving back and sharing your expertise!

To apply, send your portfolio and a short note about why you'd be a great mentor to hello@trydesignlab.com (subject line: “Mentor-in-Residence Application”).

Growth Intern (Part-time, 10-20 hours a week)

Overview

As a growth intern, you'll work directly with the Designlab founders on a variety of growth and marketing projects. Your work will range from content marketing, email marketing, and social media, to managing paid ad campaigns and running quantitative experiments, to managing outreach and partnerships. Sky's the limit with this role.

About You

  • Aggressively curious
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Excited to start your career with a high-impact opportunity

To apply, send your URL/website/LinkedIn and a short note about the last thing you learned to hello@trydesignlab.com (subject line: "Growth Intern Application”).

Our Advisors

We're supported by design industry leaders.

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    Wilson Miner

    Wilson is Director of Digital Design at The California Sunday Magazine. He was head of design at Rdio, a member of Facebook's design team, and an interactive designer at Apple before that.

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    Mari Sheibley

    Mari is creative director at Walker & Co, makers of Bevel. She was formerly lead designer at Foursquare, and also maintains the popular Mobile Patterns site for designers and product enthusiasts.

Designlab Mentors

Our growing mentor network includes freelancers, designers with experience at companies like Pinterest, Square, and Uber (to name a few), and agency veterans.

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    Innospace Lab

    Aaron Davis

    Capital One

    Aaron De Simone

    Aaron Smith

    Hulu

    Abdelrahman Osama

    Simpleia

    Abhinav Chhikara

    Lisn

    Abi Raja

    Adam Ruf

    Twitch

    Aditya Kedia

    Adrien Colombié

    Agata Dawidowska

    Ajay Mittal

    SAP

    Al Lucca

    Viacom

    Alan Ho

    Autodesk

    Alejandro Villa Renteria

    Empathia

    Alex Clayton

    Whirlpool

    Alex Stillwell

    Alexander Fefegha

    Comuzi

    Alexander Ryan

    Distill

    Alexander Tsibulski

    Alexandre Brito

    Alfred Nerstu

    ustwo

    Ali Eslamifar

    Experts Exchange LLC

    Alia Ormut-Fleishman

    Foursquare

    Allan Buntoengsuk

    Admitsee

    Amy Martin

    Andrea Angquist

    Pivotal

    Andreas Wolters

    Andrew Schall

    Modernizing Medicine

    Andrew Strack

    SurfStitch

    Andrew Wenum

    GRP21

    Andrew West

    Designlab

    Andy Greenwood

    Venzee

    Andy ODore

    Curalate

    Angel Sanchez

    Audiense

    Angel Steger

    Pinterest

    Anita Wilhelm

    Freelancer

    Ann Beaver

    Aarki

    Anna Kardaleva

    ANNAK Design Inc.

    Anna-Marie Panlilio

    VMware

    Anne Groenewegen

    COS Studio

    Annie Zhou

    Citrix

    Antonio Pratas

    The Economist

    Atif Azam

    Austin Knight

    HubSpot

    Baltazar Pazos

    Bethel Music

    Beatrice Law

    Udemy

    Ben Frankforter

    BillGuard

    Ben Ginger

    Google

    Ben Gold

    Paddle8

    Ben Sykes

    Consultant

    Bence Csernak

    Bencium

    Bill Tribble

    Toptal

    Brad Dalrymple

    dscout

    Brad Weaver

    Nine Labs

    Bradley Ryan

    Uber

    Brendan Kearns

    InVisionApp

    Brenon Kalu

    Comrade

    Brian Benitez

    Collective Ray

    Brian Hildman

    Live Nation

    Brittany Hunter

    Atomic Object

    Brittany Meronek

    Freelancer

    Bruno Bergher

    Expa

    Candace Gilbert

    Columbia Sportswear

    Carlene O'Keefe

    Carolina de Bartolo

    101 Editions

    Catherine Ho

    REI

    Chad Engle

    Boomtown

    Chad Trutt

    Direct Digital LLC

    Chandresh Gandhi

    User360

    Charlene Foote

    Getaround

    Charles Crawford

    RED Interactive

    Chase Facer

    Freelancer

    Chetana Deorah

    Freelancer

    Chino Wong

    Chris Berridge

    Chris Chan

    Citrix

    Chris Constandse

    Nextail

    Chris Evans

    FutureGov

    Chris Thelwell

    Chrissy Welsh

    Philips

    Christine Elbo

    Definery

    Christine Isabel Javier

    Rocksbox

    Christine Whittle

    Christoph Hellmuth

    Christopher Paretti

    Consultant

    Cindy Chang

    Intercom

    Cindy Kong

    Mercedes-Benz R&D NA

    Clifton Lin

    Udacity

    Clinton Halpin

    Salesforce

    Conor Muirhead

    Basecamp

    Courtney Leonard

    Vox Media

    Craig Brewster

    yourmumux

    D S

    Daina Lightfoot

    Hootsuite

    Dan Sullivan

    Prolific Interactive

    Daniel Cole

    Daniel Schwartz

    6sense

    Danny Setiawan

    The Economist

    Darby Thomas

    Photojojo

    Darren Barone

    mophie

    Dave Hawkins

    Placeavote

    David Elgena

    4Catalyzer

    David Lau

    Sush Mobile

    David O'Callaghan

    Ink Digital

    David Paliwoda

    W12 Studios

    David Pomfret

    Red Blue

    David Ross

    BloomBoard

    Davina Kim

    Tumblr

    Deborah Dennis

    Black Rhino Design

    Derek Bender

    Uber

    Derek Bradley

    Facebook

    Derek Walker

    Nike

    Derick Anies

    Weebly

    Dhaval Gandhi

    Diana Schneider

    BRISK

    Didi Medina

    Do-Hee Kim

    Dominik Väyrynen

    Shopify

    Doug Gradt

    Amazon

    Drew Albinson

    WCS

    Ed Lea

    Inkling

    Elizabeth Alli

    Designer

    Elizabeth G Fagan

    Elizabeth Gonzalez

    Safecharge

    Elizabeth Lin

    Khan Academy

    Elmar Kruitwagen

    Emily Campbell

    Degreed

    Emrah Saribaz

    Userspots

    Eric Alli

    Consultant

    Eric Bell

    Vitruvian Networks

    Eric Puigmarti

    FreshBooks

    Fabio Muniz

    Fernando Silanes

    Freelancer

    Frances Tung

    Varsity Tutors

    Francesca Mey

    Outfittery

    Francine Lee

    Asana

    Gabriel Golcher

    Gaby Prado

    Gary Keeler

    ITR Mobility

    Glen Noble

    Simple As Milk

    Glenn Ference

    American Greetings

    Hadar Geva

    Hammed Kohistani

    Buzzfeed

    Hannah Barrett

    Hans van de Bruggen

    Harish Venkatesan

    Designlab

    Hendrika Makilya

    Hope Armstrong

    Visa

    Ian Micallef

    Marsh LLC.

    Iris Li

    Zillow Group

    Ivana McConnell

    Customer.io

    Jack Hoge

    Jacopo Marcantonio

    LANDBAY

    James Blevins

    James Christopher

    Qualcomm

    James Keal

    Inktrap Ltd

    Jamie Martin

    Microsoft

    Jamie Syke

    Brotherhood

    Jared Crane

    IBM

    Jared Fanning

    Jasmeet Sethi

    Tinkerform Innovation Lab

    Jeff Witters

    Cartisien Interactive

    Jeffrey Larrimore

    Jen Yuan

    Qual Agency

    Jenna Law

    Plexus Design

    Jenni Leder

    Storehouse

    Jerry Gordinier

    Augmedix

    Jessie Ren

    Evernote

    Jessie Tseng

    Flatiron Health

    Jindou Lee

    Happy Inspector

    Jing Jin

    Literator

    Jj Moi

    Tachyus

    João Ferreira

    Subvisual

    Joe Callahan

    Classy.org

    Joel Califa

    DigitalOcean

    Joey Bright

    Evidation Health

    John Hoy-Taylor

    EF Education First

    Jon Bell

    Return Path

    Jon Izquierdo

    Jell

    Jonathan Maimon

    Joseph Alfonso

    Discovery Communications

    Josh Goodwin

    Amazon

    Josh Matson

    Pluralsight

    Julia DeBari

    GrowthX Academy

    Julien Deveaux

    Justin Baker

    LaunchDarkly

    Justin Schüler

    Freelancer

    Kara Thorndike

    cont{e}xt

    Karin Schmidlin

    Jamii.Global & UWaterloo

    Kat Vellos

    Pandora

    Kate Auman

    Katie Conforti

    Kelly Dern

    Life.io

    Kenny Chen

    Bankrate Credit Cards

    Kevin Chang

    Partners Connected Health

    Kevin Devine

    Ryanair

    Kevin Lee

    WeSell Socks

    Kevin Twohy

    Kieran Black

    Kim Ho

    Instacart

    Kristina Zmaic

    Consultant

    Kyle Conrad

    nclud

    Kyle Wai Lin

    Twitter

    Kylie

    Intuit

    Laura Martini

    Counsyl

    Laura Salisbury

    Rodan + Fields

    Lauren Connolly

    Yelp

    Leo Gomez Blum

    GH

    Leona Hu

    Autodesk

    Ling Lim

    Yahoo

    Lise Statelman

    LendUp

    Luca Longo

    Hotelbeds Group

    Luuk Hartsema

    Devhouse Spindle

    Lynsey Duncan

    Ryanair

    MaCherie Edwards Rust

    uShip

    Mafalda Sequeira

    Landing.jobs

    Mafe Perez

    Guru Media Solutions

    Manlo Ngai

    LoanDepot

    Marcia

    Engine

    Maria de la Riva

    Mariannina Viggi

    Capital One

    Mariano Goren

    Mark Lamb

    Adobe

    Mark Peck

    SumoMe

    Martino Liu

    iTexico

    Mary Shaw

    Shaw Media Group

    Matt Farley

    Matthew Ferry

    Change.org

    Matthew Reiswig

    Webolutions

    Matthew Wheeler

    Max Gustofson

    Earnest

    Megan Schwarz

    Thomson Reuters

    Megumi Tanaka

    Prosper

    Melody Kim

    Michael Brooks Jr

    Spire

    Michael Griffin Kelly

    Personal Capital

    Michael Mahmood

    Michelle Zassenhaus

    zHAUS

    Micky Luo

    Coursera

    Mike Arndt

    Discord

    Mike Kelly

    Mike Villa

    iTexico

    Mikko Nirhamo

    Ixonos

    Mohammed Bilal

    Flipkart

    Monika Gajda

    Freelancer

    Mustafa Dalci

    Myrto Papagiannakou

    Naema Baskanderi

    Autodesk

    Nando Rossi

    Ox Collective

    Natalie Griffen

    Nefaur Khandker

    Khan Academy

    Neil Krishnan

    interviewing.io

    Netta Marshall

    Tally

    Nick Sloggett

    Oven Bits

    Nick Spiller

    Loot

    Nicolás Joel Engler

    Indicius

    Nikki Oettinger

    Academy of Art University

    Nina Lee

    Freelancer

    Nir Benita

    Wix

    Noel Cunningham

    Mokriya

    Novita Prasetia

    Thinker Tree

    Nuff

    Olia Birulia

    Captora

    Oskar Von Hauske

    Reserve

    P.J. Onori

    Waybury

    Paddy Donnelly

    Lefft

    Paige Saez

    Designlab

    Pamela Hastings

    Edutopia

    Pasquale D'Silva

    Elepath

    Patrick Dugan

    Patrick Multani

    Designlab

    Patrick Wong

    Lyft

    Paul Martens

    CORA

    Paulami Roychoudhury

    English Dost

    Pedro Carmo

    Teespring

    Peter Costello

    Yes! Creative

    Philip

    Apple

    Poyi Chen

    ScienceExchange

    Qa'id Jacobs

    VONQ.com

    Rachel Sakai

    Daylight Design

    Rafael Quesada

    Backbase

    Raika Sarkett

    Thinktiv

    Raven Keller

    VICE

    Ray Canapini

    Ray Luong

    Inkling

    Ray Mosley

    BBC

    Ray Sensenbach

    Inductive Automation

    Remy Martin

    RentPath

    Renato Castelo Branco

    Freeletics

    Reshma Mehta

    Snowflake Computing

    Ric Rios

    Freelancer

    Ricardo Rivera

    Wizeline

    Ricardo Vazquez

    Mozilla

    Rich Fuller

    Fiserv

    Rizal Dahalan

    Robert Novak

    Art Revolt

    Rohit Mehta

    Scandid

    Ron Griffiths

    Artirigo

    Roy Reuveni

    Fiverr

    Rukma Pratista

    Lieur Company

    Ryan Brock

    Freelance

    Ryan Lewis

    Ryan Linstrom

    Land & Sea Co.

    Ryan Quintal

    Squarespace

    Sadok Cervantes Rabadán

    Sajid Anam

    The Create Labs

    Sam Peniak

    Blend Labs Inc.

    Samantha Zucker

    ECMC Innovation Lab

    Sameer Bhiwani

    Blue Jeans Network

    Samo Drole

    Coinbase

    Sampath Mani

    Getinsured

    Samuel Mensah

    Youth Worldwide

    Sandy Chen

    Sandy Woodruff

    Rent the Runway

    Sanjay Mistry

    Eurostar [Freelance]

    Sara Vilas Santiago

    Backbase

    Sarah Wohl

    Chairish

    Sascha Mombartz

    OVA

    Satu Peltola

    Unity Technologies

    Scott Garner

    Sean

    Help Scout

    Sebas Ribas

    Fjord

    Shaun Modi

    Shea Lewis

    Knife and Fox

    Sheta Chatterjee

    Uber

    Shyamala Prayaga

    Amazon

    Sonali Dujari

    Randstad Technologies

    Sonia Gregory

    FreshSparks

    Sony

    American Airlines

    Sophia Kecir Camper

    Sophiakc.com

    Sophie Lepinoy

    UAL London

    Sotiria Laina

    Srinivas Chinta

    Prabal Design

    Steven Villarino

    Zillow

    Sunil Tunagaria

    Surabhi Mahapatra

    Susan Lee

    Freelancer

    Sven Lenaerts

    Sylvia Lee

    Pivotal Labs

    Tamara

    FeeX

    Tara Hosseinipour

    Huge

    Tareq Ismail

    Amplitude Inc.

    Tayler O'Dea

    Studio Minted

    Ted Power

    Abacus

    Tevi Hirschhorn

    Jumpspeed Ventures

    Thomas Jockin

    TypeThursday

    Tiago Machado

    Tiberiu Gavris

    Neverfail

    Tiffany Lau

    Medallia

    Timoni West

    Department of Design

    Tyrale Bloomfield

    Spartan

    Veerle van 't Hullenaar

    Vesna Planko

    Habitual.

    Vibhas Jain

    Victor Solares

    Viktor Suszter

    Vivek Venkatraman

    Paypal

    Web Barr

    Freelancer

    Wei Liao

    Self-Employed

    Wiebke Poerschke

    Woody MacDuffie

    Sage Bionetworks

    Wren Lanier

    Windsor Circle

    Ximena

    Twitter

    Yogesh Bhagchandani

    Youmna Aoukar

    DDB

    Zach Alexander

    Zoraida Ingles

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