Bridge for Product Design is a free part-time program for women, agender, and non-binary people.
We have currently paused all regular programming in-person and online classes and are sharing the curriculum in the spirit of open source learning and collaboration. We would love to see women, agender and non-binary folks use these resources to continue to level up your technical skills and get that next great job because of it.
- Discovery & Facilitation
- User Research
- Empathy & Ethics
- User Journey Mapping
- Ideation & Prototyping
- Feedback & Critique
- Usability Testing
- Selling & Pitching
- Confidence & Communication
Anyone who identifies with any, some, or all of these categories: women, non-binary, or agender person, and has some experience with product design, UX, visual design, interaction design and/or service design; you're comfortable with design fundamentals and most of a project lifecycle, but would like to advance your skills. For example, you might be a Junior Product Designer, a self-taught UX Designer, or someone who left design and wants to come back. As long as you have the desire to learn we welcome your application. If you're unsure you qualify, apply anyway.
While we have currently paused on running programs ourselves, both in-person and online we wanted to share as much of the curriculum as we can as well as some other learning resources. Here you will find both an open source version of the Product Design curriculum as well as other related learning resources that we have found useful.
You may wish to use some or all of the additional resources before working through the curriculum content.Articles
- IDEO’s list of Design Thinking resources&Free videos by IDEO U.
- Facilitating Design: Getting to the 'Why' on Your Projects- by Bridge volunteer,Naomi Bower.
- Updated Empathy Map Canvas- by Dave Gray.
- 5 Whys&How Might We- A couple interesting communication strategies.
- Design and Ethics&How to Practice Ethical Design.
- Google Design Sprints- A that helps answer critical business questions through rapid prototyping and user testing.
Booksfor more in-depth study:
- UX Strategy- Great UX fundamentals book that gives you a great toolkit. Good read. (library ebook copy)
- Story Mapping- Fun read on how to doStory Mapping. Lots of pictures and it’s funny, too! (library copy)
- The Lean Product Playbook- How to useLeanto build products that people love. (library copy)
- Articulating Design Decisions- Great strategies for pitching/communicating your designs. (library ebook copy)
- Discussing Design: Improving Communication and Collaboration through Critique- A great book on communicating your design effectively, and how to run a successful Critique that’s collaborative. We used this book to create some course content. (library copy)
I had recently started my first design job outside a bootcamp, and while the UX bootcamp I took was interesting and useful, the fact that Bridge was an applied program was important. I would be able to navigate my new job better with an expanded design toolkit. It's so valuable to be able to draw from the experiences of other students, instructors, and TAs.
June Paik, Bridge Cohort 1