Thanks for joining us for UXRConf 2023! You can find all the video recordings here. See you next year! :tada:

Design The

Monday May 20. 9:30am – 4:30pm PST
Remote and Gallery 308, San Francisco

Art by Grace Ling


Design Buddies began online in April 2020 when Founder Grace Ling wanted to make design friends. Today with a combined audience of 200,000+, we are ready to bring you our first conference as we design our future together!

We are hosting a one day hybrid conference in-person in San Francisco and online. Make new connections, gain new skills, and come back inspired to take your career to the next level!

Topics include: Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Sustainability, Blockchain, Biotech, Space, and more. 


Thinking about applying to speak at Design The Future? You should. We encourage everyone, including first-time speakers and early career designers, to put their best ideas forward.

Speaker applications close on Monday February 26th at 11:59 pm PST.

Quick Facts

Here are some things you should know before applying to speak at Design The Future:

Event Schedule

Coming soon
All scheduled times are in PST
Design the future
Monday May 20
10:00 am - 10:45 am

Panel: Entry Level Researchers

Louise Beryl Interim Head of Research at Figma
Zoë Glas Senior UX Researcher at Google
10:45 am - 11:00 am


11:00 pm - 11:45 pm

Panel: Research Managers

Nizar Saqqar Head of User Research at Snowflake
Josh Williams Director of UX Research at
11:45 am - 12:00 pm


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Panel: Research Executives

Beth Toland Head of Experience Research at Asana
Summer Kim Partner at STRATMINDS VC
Design Tools Day
Thursday October 26
9:00 am - 9:45 am

Design Tool Demo

9:00 am - 9:45 am

Design Tool Demo

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Design Tool Demo

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Design Tool Demo


Join a fantastic group of design tools providing financial support to an event that will bolster the careers of thousands of designers.

Community Partners

Design Buddies

Design Buddies is the world’s largest design community. We help designers level up through events (online and in-person), job boards, design challenges, content, giveaways, resources, and more.
Design Buddies was founded by Grace Ling.

Check out our website, Discord, newsletter, YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

An Event Powered By Learners

A big shout out to our partners at Learners for their support organizing this event. Learners helps companies, creators and communities like ours put on wonderful hybrid learning events.