The Product Design Guild was founded in San Francisco and has been in operation since September, 2010. PDG's New York City chapter launched in May 2011 and meets on the first Saturday of each month. Below is a video, capturing the impressions of some of the attendees from the Bay Area PDG.
Product Design Guild, New York is currently strictly invite only. Please add your name to our list if you are interested in joining.
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“Your environment is the most important contributor to improving your design skills. Being around others, seeing their reactions, and hearing their thinking will bring you to the next level as a designer.”
- Jared Spool, Founder, User Interface Engineering
“I've come to the opinion that the development of design is now a major discipline shortage and supporting an effort to grow this skill amongst designers is a major thing we can do to help the industry.”
- Yishan Wong, Former Director of Engineering, Facebook
“Design is such a critical factor in the success of a new startup. I hope that bringing together the brightest design minds to share ideas will create transformative value.”
- Tristan Harris, CEO, Apture
“It's challenging to find high quality designers despite it being an essential piece of what ultimately drives success. I hope that the Product Design Guild will be an environment that both fosters continued growth for many designers and allows us to identify rising stars in the field.”
- Justin Caldbeck, VC, Bain Capital Ventures
“Receiving constructive feedback has been critical for me as a designer in all stages of my development.”
- Maureen Hanratty, Interaction Designer, Yahoo
We hold events where designers bring in the work they're doing in their everyday jobs and help each other out.
It is a place where you can brainstorm ideas, receive informed critique, learn new techniques and all the other activities that are only possible in a group environment.
To make the Design Guild a supportive place for everyone, we have a couple of rules:
Many designers work on sensitive work, we respect that. At the same time, it's important to us that every designer is bringing real work. Here's some ideas that have worked for our members in the past: