Get a grip on your growth

The online coach
for designers

“I want to lead and grow our UX team, but it feels so far away…”

“I want to lead design but also stay hands-on. How to approach this?”

“I want to make the fashion industry sustainable.
What steps to take?”

“I’m Design Director at a great company. How can I become VP of design?”

“I want to start a smart products brand. Should I do an MBA first?”

“I like my work today, but I’m not sure where I’m headed…”

“I want to help children learn through playing.
Let’s make a plan!”

“I don’t like my current job anymore. But what to do next?”

“I want to freelance with full creative freedom.
How do I get there?”

The DESIGNLADDER coach helps you find or strengthen your direction, profile yourself to find the areas you’ll need to grow in, create a clear and actionable plan, and persist until you get to where you want to be.

Company-independent

Growing isn’t necessarily bound by
your current job. Get independent guidance
for your growth on the long term.

Tonnes of expertise

Get inspiration and challenges from
top design experts with tonnes of
experience at global brands and agencies.

Encouraging community

Feed off design professionals on
3 continents who already get coached.
Meet people with similar challenges or dreams.

Get yourself a coach at
€15 per month + €399 once.

The online coach in your browser

Our coach uses technology, experts and community to help you get a grip on your growth.
It grows along with you without downloads or versioning: it’s an app that lives in your browser.


Live sparring
Have insightful 1 on 1 conversations with a live coach.


Iterations
Work in loops on each part of your plan, or even your complete plan.


Feedback
Get in-depth feedback to your plan, at each iteration.


Nudges
Get help in sticking to this, with useful in-app reminders and SMS.


Chat
Get practical support with chat messaging.


Q&A
Get the answers to all of your growth-related questions.


Expert inspiration
Get inspired by interviews with experts, relevant for your plan.


Visual profile
Compare the qualities you have today and decide where you want to grow.


Choice of pace & Style
Get coached at your own pace and style: mellow, medium or assertive.

This is how it works

Building a plan for your next ±5 years…
The app helps you do the fun bits and takes the less-fun bits off of your plate.
The process includes familiar design methods, analytic planning and some good coaching.
It’s 4 simple steps. See for yourself!

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Backed by industry experts


You can count on support from design experts who have built impressive careers, and have helped many designers grow.
They are ready to give back what they’ve learned. Based on the choices you make, you will get their advice in the app.


Raymond Turner

Former Design Director of agencies like Wolff Olins and companies like BAA and London Transport


Philippe Picaud
Former Design Director of large corporate design teams at Philips, Decathlon and Carrefour


Thomas Lockwood
Former Corporate Design Director, former DMI President and Design Leader Recruiter


Tim Selders
Former design management consultant and teacher at companies like LEGO, Roca and B&O

Join designers on 3 continents

From every design type, like UX, service, product, branding, graphic and more.
From every level between junior and director.
With every career mood, from perfectly happy to feeling stuck. All with a busy life.


“This makes great sense too for design professionals with no formal background in design”

Faraz
Service Design Expert


“They take good care of me at work, yet it’s great to get coached independently.”

Maurits
User Experience Designer 


“Definitely food for thought. Makes me think about my career!”

Paul
UX Designer


“My ideas often remain just ideas. Having a plan that feels good helps me big time.”

Arnout
Motion Graphic Designer

Grip

Say goodbye to getting stuck

No more getting stuck in too many details or prioritisation troubles. You now have a coach that helps you get a grip on your growth.
Ask for guidance at any time!

Visionary

You can see clearly now

Look into your work future as if it already exists. Including how you have grown and the milestones you’ve passed along the way.
The future is tangible!

Independent

Look beyond your current job

You coach is independent, and looks at your growth from the outside and beyond your current job.
The long-term perspective!

Actionable

Ready to roll right away

You can start working on your growth today. Really!
Your coach helps you to define actions that you can do today, that make sense for tomorrow.

Persistent

Stick to it, all the way

Your online coach will help you keep your plan for growth up to date and top of mind.
It’s easy, flexible and affordable, so you can stick to it for years to come!

Get yourself a coach

Kickstart your coaching: set your direction, profile yourself and make your plan for growth.
Persist with everything you need to make your growth happen.

€15 per month + €399 once