ADPList Matches Laid-Off Designers with Mentors for Free

Justin Roberti
7 min readFeb 1, 2021

The new platform has more than 5,000 designers and mentors in a supportive, global community to help designers skill-up and advance their careers.

Design and collaboration tool software provider InVision has had a productive year.

In November 2020, they reported a gain of 2 million new users. In January, they announced another project, meant to give back to the design community, with the Amazing Design People List (ADPList) a free platform for designers to build on their skills and connect with mentors.

InVision believes in empowering designers and empowering companies with “design intelligence” — which is explained by their Chief Design Evangelist Stephen Gates on the Growth Manifesto podcast.

They have the distinction of working with all 100 of Fortune 100 companies, so their roster of Design Mentors hail from all over the world and include major brands like Nike, Apple, and Google along with smaller companies and design-focused recruiting firms.

The platform has been quietly growing over the past 10 months and in January the platform fully launched with profiles, easier sharing, and more mentors around the globe.

The platform now has more than 5,000 designers and mentors in 18 languages from 30+ countries that currently use the platform.

I spoke with Jennifer Aldrich, Director of Community Engagement at InVision to learn more about the platform.

Jennifer Aldrich, Director of Community Engagement at InVision

What led to the creation of ADPList?

The digital product design community is integral for organizations forced to accelerate their digital transformation efforts.

Yet (that) couldn’t keep designers safe during the mass layoffs that started in March of 2020, when the pandemic truly started to take its toll on the global economy. Designers, particularly junior designers, were losing their jobs in record numbers.

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Justin Roberti

Justin has written & made media for 20+ yrs— gaming, media, tech, fintech, & web culture. Producer https://www.growthmanifesto.com/podcast . Twitter: @sensible