It is the inaugural year of Invision's Design Exchange—a free week of itineraries, workshops, studio tours and museums for a select group of professional designers. There was even some mention of a "typography walking tour" in the description that's sure to get the Helvetica neue'ing. But before you get swooned away by the Hogwarts express, let's take a closer look.
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Invision was recently valued at 1.9 billion. They've impressed the equity groups, but are still proving themselves to the greater design community. "Nothing inspires the creative spirit, broadens perspectives, and breaks down bias like travel," says Invision copywriter, Stephanie Gonzalez, " With this in mind, we sent five designers from the InVision community—from Google, Airbnb, Pinterest, Indeed, and Automattic—on the trip of a lifetime last month…And we're excited to announce that we'll be doing it again every quarter in 2019."
Surrounded by talent you've never met, in a city you may or may not have explored is sure to stretch our limited lenses. The Design Exchange, even as a marketing maneuver, looks like a promising experience for professional designers. Read about the full prototrip experience here.
You need a work email to apply, and they even mention that that they place "special emphasis on designers from design-driven organizations."Based on the crew of professionals who starred in the prototype trip—employees from Google, Airbnb, Pinterest and Indeed—Invision is probably looking for the highest ranking among us to star in their transformative programs. In terms of inclusion and diversity, Invision says that "Design Exchange is for everyone—and we encourage participation from people with the most varied backgrounds as possible."
Here's the application form and FAQ page if you're interested.