Oakland Digital launches BRIDGEGOOD to expand UX design careers in the Bay Area

Oakland Digital (oaklanddigital.org), a nonprofit organization that provides student designers with professional opportunities, has launched BRIDGEGOOD (bridgegood.com).

Supported by Google.org, Golden State Warriors Community Foundation, and Walter & Elise Haas Fund, BRIDGEGOOD is a web application that offers free online portfolios, paid projects from real-world clients, and access to exclusive tech & business meetups.

The goal of BRIDGEGOOD: meaningful, entry-level jobs in graphic design, multimedia, and UX/UI for under resourced, overlooked talent.

“BRIDGEGOOD scales our local work to a larger audience – helping students that are beginning careers,” says Operations Manager and Designer, Yudy Herrera.

This summer, Oakland Digital partnered with product designers from Facebook to create a comprehensive eleven-week UX apprenticeship. The experience includes participation and leadership from Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google.

Throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, 7,500 community college students lack access and exposure to careers in technology, according to a study Oakland Digital conducted on behalf of BRIDGEGOOD. By 2020, BRIDGEGOOD aims to serve 25,000 early stage Creatives (e.g., graphic designers) in the nation, specifically focusing on students of color, as well as 2nd/3rd career artists.

“We believe creativity can change the world. With a growing ecosystem of over 4,000 artistic minds, BRIDGEGOOD is providing economic opportunity for our next generation of creators,” says Project Lead, Shaun Tai.

For questions or to request a site visit from BRIDGEGOOD, email yudy@odalc.org or call 510-435-2945.