The Growth Designers community exists primarily to support design practitioners and design leaders who are learning about and working in growth. Secondarily, we are carving out a space for more design leaders to be strategic players inside businesses, including as founders or as investors.
When we say design practitioners, we take a broad lens at what we are calling a designer. We include researchers and writers. As the intersection of growth and design is new, we focus on designers and design leaders who are at least mid-career while also creating opportunities for earlier career designers.
Lift people up
Recognize people for their work and contributions both in the field and for our community directly.
In contrast to the growth culture of “crushing it,” this community is real about the challenges of the work and offers a supportive space to work through them together.
We believe in paying people for their time, talents and contributions.
Work towards a broader future for growth
We see a future for growth that goes beyond building private wealth and includes the public sector, nonprofit and other public benefit spaces. As a result, we look beyond Silicon Valley for examples of how to shape the future of impactful design work.
Code of conduct
Some of the ways you might participate in this community include:
- Sharing insights and resources around designing for growth
- Sharing challenges, opportunities and lessons learned
- Asking questions or sharing thoughts on growth design
- Posting jobs, events or resources
We seek to provide a safe and productive space for all members of our community. Here are our rules of etiquette:
- Please use your real, full name (we have a lot of members and many of you share the same first name!)
- Please add a photo
- Add a line in your profile about who you are, where you’re based, what you do and/or where you work - it allows people to find you by search (and you them)
Reading and reacting to posts
- Listen and read before responding
- Conversations on this slack should be treated as off the record and confidential. If you wish to quote or share something written here, you must receive permission first from the author.
- Reward those who contribute useful things - an emoji goes a long way and it’s just a click. Then they’ll know to post more of what you appreciate.
- If you respond to a specific question, tend towards starting a thread, especially in #discussions. Many people only read this slack after work (or in different time zones) and without threads it’s hard to catch up.
- Practice the Platinum rule - treat others how they’d like to be treated - everyone’s been very cool so far and we’d all like to keep it that way.
- Avoid using notification bombs like here & channel
- Be kind and patient with everyone. This is a supportive space. We don’t shame people for not knowing something. We also do not tolerate any kind of harassment or hate speech.
- Be mindful of who you DM and what you are requesting. We have a lot of incredible folks in this community but everyone’s time and expertise is in high demand. It’s ok to DM folks but be respectful and build genuine, mutual relationships. It’s not ok to ask for free reviews of your work or free sharing of expertise if you have not established a relationship with someone. If you have questions about this, get in touch with an admin
- Don’t send unwanted messages. If you are asked to stop sending messages or if the recipient does not respond, please stop sending messages.
How we review applications to join
We will know this community is successful in achieving its mission if…
1) We increase the % of our community members who are engaged in our community
- Active in Slack
- Participating in Fellows, study group, events or other offerings
- Contributing to the newsletter, blog, events
2) We increase the number of people who become growth design content creators
- People who speak at conferences around growth design topics
- People who write articles or books around growth design topics
- People who create their own brands or microsites on growth design topics
- People who become coaches or teachers in the growth design space
3) We increase the number of growth design job openings
- Number of growth design roles
- Number of growth design roles at leadership levels
- Expanding role types: Growth content designer, Growth UX researcher, Growth UX engineer, etc