About us

Design Buddies is an inclusive design community where all designers level up. Founded in April 2020, we offer resources, events, design challenges, mentorship, a job board, and more.

Meet our leadership team

Kate Tacastacas

Community & Events Lead

UX Designer

Jack Shugrue

Content Lead

Interaction Design, CCA

Jess Lam

Events Lead & Designer

UX Design, SCAD

Shaoshao Chen

Treasurer, Director of Mentorship

Director of Product Design

Haidita Celestine

Director of Community

Copywriter and UX Designer

Allyson Arrogante

Director of Social Media & Communication

Designer & Illustrator

Alexa Seol

Secretary, Director of Events & Partnerships

UX Lead

Grace Ling

Founder & Design Lead

Designer, Electronic Arts

Design team

Hannah Klink

Illustrator & Motion Designer

Graphic Designer

Eric Joseph Lee

Product Designer, Event Coordinator

Product Designer

Phil Jones

3D, Illustration, & Motion Designer

Product Manager, UX Designer

Yumi Ramos

Graphic Designer & Illustrator

Graphic & Page Designer, Granite Media Partners

David Riadi

Product Designer, Event Coordinator

UX/UI Designer

Helen Ho

Product Designer, Design Systems

Product Designer

Brian Moon

Design Advisor

Senior UX designer, Unity

Adam Moučka

Product & 3D Designer

Product Designer & 3D Artist

Makayla Chen

Product & Motion Designer, Illustrator

UI/UX Designer

James Halim

Product Designer

UX Designer

Patricia Ho

Product Designer

UX/UI Designer

Hyunseo Jung (Orbit)

Motion Designer

College Student

Branden Wong

Product Manager

Associate Product Manager

Rashmeet Kaur

Illustrator & Graphic Designer

Sr. UX UI Designer

Jeanette Zhu

Design Lead

Content creator / designer / illustrator

Content team


Content creator

Design Researcher, Live Well Collaborative

Nancy Zuo

Content Creator, Writer

Human-Computer Interaction, Carnegie Mellon

Jamie Chou

Content Creator

Visual Design Student

S Alya Mevia (Vy)

Content Creator & Event Coordinator

University Student

Joyce Yu

Content creator

UX Designer

Event team

Kate Jung
Event Coordinator
Product Designer, Spotify
Adam Woodhouse
Event Coordinator
Head of Creative
Brenda Yau
Event Coordinator
Product Designer
Melissa Chan
Event Coordinator
Waterloo Psychology
Harsha Rameshbabu
Event Coordinator
UX Designer
Rex Fukuchi
Event Coordinator
UX Designer
Anik Ahmed
Event Coordinator
UX Designer
Kate Tacastacas
Event Coordinator
UX Designer

Strategic advisors

Jerry Lee

COO, Wonsulting & The20

Jonathan Javier

CEO, Wonsulting & The20

Our partners & sponsors