Outside of my day job, I try to support those earlier in their careers and build the design community.
Designer Fund Bridge Program
Earnest was honored to partner with Designer Fund for the 2016 Bridge Program – a professional development program for experienced designers. Partner companies are included in the program for being great places for designers to thrive.
ChiPD: Chicago Product Designers
ChiPD calls attention to the burgeoning product design scene in Chicago by featuring those doing the best work, sharing job opportunities, and cataloging the best in product design resources. After starting the chapter in 2013, it continues strong today – 2 years after moving to San Francisco.
The Starter League
In the past, I've mentored visual designers at The Starter League. The experience was very rewarding, as it gave me an opportunity to reflect on what it was like to be a beginner and allowed me to lend a hand to the next generation.
The Chicago chapter of the AIGA operates the largest, most successful design mentorship program in the country. It was a privilege and an honor to mentor 10-12 junior designers and help them do better work.