Design career guide

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This is for you if...

You are planning your career

This guide will give you a thorough view on how to get to and succeed in 9 different design career stages from student, all the way to VP and including freelancing and working remotely.

You want to do better

You're currently working as a designer and are facing some challenges or just want to do better. You know you could do it, and maybe you're even expected to, but are struggling to see what to do to get there.

You recently got promoted!

It's very normal to get promoted and feel overwhelmed. You were doing great on your past role, but now the challenges are new and different. Someone else has gone through it first, take advantage of that!

You want to know where you stand

You've been on the same company for quite some time, or perhaps you think you're being undervalued. You want to know where you stand at the moment and what is your market value.

Career stages covered

Design student

Whether you're on your first career or doing a career change, you're currently studying design and getting to get into the design industry.

Junior Designer

You've just started working as a designer and worked only in a few projects. Everything seems new and you have a lot of questions. What's right and what's not?

Mid Weight Designer

You've been in this for a while, you know what you're doing, but you don't feel yet like you're as far as you can be. What can you do to be a better designer?

Senior Designer

You tackle design projects with ease and are comfortable showing your way of working to others. You might be looking to become a principal or manager.

Design Lead / Principal

You're recognized in your organization as a design authority. People ask you for your opinion on projects, and you are able to push for changes such as what tool to use.

Design Manager

You don't push pixels that much anymore. Instead, you manage resources, align teams, advocate for design, and are tasked with many design Ops responsibilities.

Head of Design / VP

The team looks up to you. You're hands-off from the pixels. Instead, you hold 1-1s and are involved in high level strategic conversations at your organizations.

Freelance designer

You work for multiple clients. You don't deal with politics that much, but you have new challenges like doing accounting, or push difficult clients to get paid.

Working remotely

In any level, you're location independent, a digital nomad. Doing calls on your pajamas is amazing, but this new environment comes with its own set of challenges.

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Who's behind this?

I'm a design leader, educator, and entrepreneur. Founder of the research and innovation firm Moonward, and this D-School creative education platform where I share my knowledge. My past experience includes working with 100+ corporations and startups in all 5 continents.

Over my career, I've learned most things the hard way. I've struggled, made many mistakes, and constantly wondered why no one had taught me all these things before.

I've created D-School to provide downloadables and online courses to you so you can get further and faster than I did.

— Founder & Educator at D-School.

Don't take my word for it

Sara is an amazing designer, teacher, and listener, and I am extremely fortunate to have had her as my mentor. I cannot recommend her enough based on her vast experience in design, her friendly and positive attitude, and her amazing ability to assess and tackle any situation as they came.

Autumn Tran

UI/UX Designer at Clearhead

Sara is an excellent mentor. She's incredibly challenging, friendly, knowledgeable, and constantly engaging. Her enthusiastic personality is addictive. Sara manages a large group of students but I never felt pushed to the side. I'm very grateful for being paired with her.

Michael Messina

Senior User Experience Specialist at Travelers

Sara was beyond encouraging. Her constructive criticism is on point, with a huge emphasis on constructive - she genuinely wants to see her mentees grow. On a more personal level, her positivity is contagious - she's smart, driven, enthusiastic, and extraordinarily easy to get along with.

Emma Nadolny Young

Freelance UX/UI Designer

I had a great experience having Sara as my mentor. Sara was professional, thorough, and her feedback was always very welcomed because her attitude was positive and encouraging. I’m very grateful to have been mentored by Sara and would strongly recommend her.

Ash Montes

UX Designer at Ocado

My learning experience was most definitely shaped by Sara's brilliant expertise and her support. Whenever I faced challenges, Sara would draw from her own industry experiences to provide valuable insights and tips but still ultimately empowered me to be confident in my design decisions.

Emily Huang

Experience Designer at Intrepid (Accenture Interactive)

She is highly professional as a designer and as a mentor as well. Every time we had a session, she provided practical tips and encouraged me to do at least a bit more than the task required. I am so grateful for the time I had her as a mentor.

Pavel Grogul

UX/UI Designer

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