Hack Design

Support Hack Design by becoming a Patron

When we started Hack Design in 2012, we set out to create the place where anyone could get introduced to design. We need your help to stay independent and create new lessons.

Over the last five years, the design space has changed dramatically. Our initial 50 lessons barely scratched the surface of what was possible then. We've seen a surge in the growth of design tools, the rise of virtual reality, and even more design education opportunities open up. There's so many avenues to learn and so much leverage you have as an individual with design knowledge.

With your help, we can continue producing world-class lessons on new topics.

Whats in it for you

New lessons

Support and help pick which topics we cover in 2018 and beyond.

Slack community

An invitation to join our curators to get your questions answered.


Disables all advertising blocks from emails and web.

Exclusive videos

See the interviews with our new curators and how they learned.




per month

  • Video interviews with curators
  • Slack community invitation
  • After 1 year, t-shirt and stickers
  • Support brand new weekly lessons
  • Removes ads from web and emails
  • Vote on upcoming topics
Subscribe as Patron




per month

  • Slack community invitation
  • Support brand new weekly lessons
  • Removes ads from web and emails
  • Vote on upcoming topics

Frequently asked questions

What does the money go towards?

Initially we're looking to break even and not have to pay for millions of emails out-of-pocket. All profits are put back into creating new lessons and efforts to improve the design community.

How much does it cost to run?

Base expenses for software and services is in the hundreds of dollars per month. We've been ad-free for the last few years and recently partnered with a firm for unobtrusive advertising as a way to try and cover costs but alone it's not enough.

Who is working on this?

Currently, it's Alex Baldwin and Ian Hirschfeld who do design, interviews, and development. In the past, all of our illustrations, development, design, branding, and curated lessons have all been provided pro-bono by partner companies or lovely volunteers.

Have more questions?

Please email us any questions, feedback, ideas, or suggestions. We answer every single one and love you for it.

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