TEAM Learning + Development

Uplevel your design leadership team


Our learning experiences support designers in applying their most natural skillset—creativity—to the challenges of design management.

This isn’t management 101 taught from behind a podium. Our curriculum is interactive and experiential, designed to drive insight and help your team integrate learnings into their day-to-day practice.

Our courses are tailored to your team’s unique needs, bringing together the best of our rigorously tested modules and custom content developed to address your organization’s experience and challenges.

Design Dept. created a two-day workshop for our leadership team. We covered topics that are not only relevant to all leadership roles but for design leadership specifically. That was the true value of the workshop—to be able to learn more about management and leadership methodologies that are design-focused.

It allowed our entire team to engage more deeply with one another and to identify specific practices to bring into our day-to-day roles and interactions. I would highly recommend that any design team looking to gain the knowledge that will make you a successful collaborator and leader to take a class with Design Dept.
— Audrey Liu, Director of Design at Lyft
It was incredibly useful to work with Design Dept. on developing a program specifically for our team. We had a range of experience as a team, but not a common language for defining good leadership. They helped us identify best practices that work just for us.
— VP of Design, startup



Common themes


Design Leadership Profiles

The Design Leadership Profile focuses on the three primary areas of responsibility in design leadership — vision, team and execution — and the critical skills necessary to successfully deliver within each area. Develop your personal profile to inform your own growth and your team’s development.

Ensuring design excellence

High performance design teams focus on solving the right problems with the right guardrails and processes in place to build quality experiences rapidly. In this session, we focus on the fundamentals that ensure design excellence, from setting a vision to instilling quality execution.

Catalyzing performance

Building high performance teams begins with catalyzing individuals to help them reach their potential. Learn how to accelerate your team’s progress and continued growth through connection, real-time feedback, and coaching.

Leading through change

Graceful leadership through change can seem nearly impossible, but it’s an inevitable challenge hyper-growth companies face. Rapid and constant change is challenging for leaders, and often confusing or anxiety-inducing for our teams. Learn to show up authentically as a leader in challenging times and how to build resilience for yourself and your team.

Designing design teams

Successful design teams are structured with intention. Great design leaders adapt industry best practices to architect organizations specific to their company and their needs. Learn how to recruit and grow a team that aligns with your purpose — one that delivers great experiences and helps you excel as a leader.

Cultivating culture

Culture is an observable set of behaviors that rise organically from interactions in a system or organization. While leaders can’t control culture, they do have power to shape the system and its elements. This session focuses on the parts of the system that you can actually design, to create the opportunity for a good culture to emerge.

Building relationships

Being an excellent creative leader isn’t enough to guarantee impact. Shifting your mindset from reactive problem-solving to proactive relationship-building ensures that you effectively manage up, down, and across the organization.

Coaching creatives

As we transition from makers to leaders, it’s natural to lean on our ability to solve problems for our teams. However, one of the most powerful tools a leader can deploy regularly is coaching. Learn how to guide your team to successful outcomes through developing new perspectives, active listening, and championing.


Create a custom program for your creative team.