About DIA Design Guild

DIA Design Guild embraces the slow movement of development and self-learning.

We’re a community-led nonprofit organization that focuses on giving people the space to find their rhythm and pace in understanding the digital creative practice and industry.

Our mission is to help designers grow.

Most companies don't have the time to invest in new designers. DIA prides itself in providing a safe environment for early career and transitioning professionals to flex their skills and develop their portfolio by pairing them with senior coaches.

We help companies and nonprofits figure out their information and website needs by focusing on good user experience starting with research, strategy, structure, and design. We are committed to working with those who provide social, economic and environmental good to their communities.

## Programs and Initiatives

Apprenticeships are training grounds for design and tech professionals.

We offer apprenticeship opportunities for early career and transitioning tech professionals to develop their skillset and gain practical knowledge. Each apprentice is paired with a more experienced coach to mentor them through working with clients, navigating the design process, and developing skills in user experience and design.

Learn about the apprenticeship program

The DIA Game Club is a creative space to learn and explore game making.

DIA has opportunities for the gamers, too. We currently work with DIA members and contributors on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about the game club

## Leadership and Team

As a nonprofit, DIA Design Guild is led by a volunteer board of directors and governed by nonprofit bylaws. Our mentors and guests are volunteers who share our vision and mission.

Board of Directors

From our bylaws, we are committed to the following policies to promote a more equitable organization: 

  • We seek individuals from various backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to equity.

We have recruited more experienced UX professionals in various areas to provide guidance and project-based mentorship.

Meet the DIA Design team of advisors, apprentices, and mentors.

Meet the team
Advisors and mentors: (top row from left) Grace Lau, Geno Sanchez, Alexis Mendoza, John Khuu, (second row) Julie DeBari, Jennifer Du, Kao-wei Chen, Jesse Lee Despard
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Apprentices and alumni from top to right: (top row) Lea Ibalio, Jessi Shakarian, Sean Simmons, Justin Kim; (second row) Alexander Forseth, Sofiia Sveshnikova, Amanda King, Miguel Castillo, Andrew Shum; (third row) Miles Merwin, Stella Lee, Priyanka Sanghavi, Aileen Li.