Announcing Dear Designers.
I am excited to announce Dear Designers, a community to help you figure out your next steps in becoming a better designer from folks a few steps ahead of you.
Dear Designers is a private Slack group where new and prospective designers can anonymously ask questions and get answers from experienced designers who come from the startup, agency, and big software company worlds.
In our careers, there are many key decision points that have the potential to shape who we are, and questions we pose to help make those decisions:
- What school should I go to?
- What should I study?
- What job should I take?
- How does one get into design?
- What’s so great about design?
And there are more frequent decisions that in aggregate also shape us:
- What tools should I use?
- What skills should I pursue and practice?
- How do I deal with strong personalities?
- How can I present my work convincingly and confidently?
Sometimes we make these decisions on our own, or with the help of resources we can find online. Other times we turn to peers, colleagues, and mentors for help, but those groups tend to be people who are similar to ourselves. A more diverse range of perspectives and vantage points can help you assess the possibilities in front of you — but they can be tough to find.
The questions above are questions I’ve had at different points in the past, and I wish I had access to a community like this along the way.
If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.
If you’re considering becoming a designer, or if you’re a new designer with less than 2 years of experience and would like to join, fill out this form.
If you’re a designer with 5+ years of experience interested in fielding questions and sharing from your experiences, send me an email: email@example.com.
And finally, if you’re interested in following along with how Dear Designers develops and evolves, you can sign up for my newsletter.