The team is here to help you succeed.

With our group coaching & mastermind program, you bring on a winning team of peers to support your daily design progress, skill development & career trajectory.


If you thrive on group energy, accountability, and building close relationships with like-minded colleagues, joining the Team is for you. Receive structure, support, and coaching from Michael & Rachel, as well as peer feedback from other design professionals, in a structured three and a half month program.

What if you had a team of peers specializing in typography, print design, web design, creative direction, UX, branding, freelancing, and more at your fingertips?

When you join the Team, you surround yourself with people who won’t let you fail. You will work with fellow designers and typographers who understand what it means to create effective and meaningful work. You’ll quickly gain a knowledgeable sounding board for your ideas, leverage the collective wisdom of the group, learn best practices and fast-track your success.

The Team is intense, small, and limited. Bi-weekly meetings are facilitated and members are challenged collectively. This is not a membership, it’s an intense design mastermind, so your commitment to giving as much as you get is crucial.

Once you’re on with us, you’ll be a part of the inner circle on an all-star team of designers with similar professional accomplishment. There’s no general tips and tricks here, the Team will address your specific concerns addressed to achieve your goals and encouragement along the way. 

All meetings are done remotely, no need to meet in person. We have had designers join us from near and far. As long as your schedule works with the Team Call times below, you are welcome to join us!


What you will get in a 15-week season

  • A Team welcome call
  • A guided experience with Michael & Rachel, including the wisdom, tools and structure you need to propel your design work to a new level
  • An intimate group of 15-20 committed and motivated peers, who are willing to share their expertise, feedback, and encouragement with each other
  • A 20-minute private goal-setting phone call to kick off your program
  • A total of eleven 120-minute live video calls in three formats: Team, Hands-On and Office Hour Calls, all recorded and available to you via replay, giving you access to  almost 18 hours of recorded education after the Season is completed
  • “Hot Seat” attention for 25 minutes at least once for each member, plus input and solutions on Team Calls, with the opportunity to learn from each other’s progress
  • More than just advice, 2 of the 7 calls will include a Hands-On Session with Michael, where he will demonstrate an improvement on readability or design of of print or identity work
  • Private online access to Michael & Rachel and the Team for support, encouragement and getting questions answered quickly
  • Process check-ins to keep you moving forward each and every week
  • Shared recommendations on tactics, design tools and resources
  • A network of like-minded designers to refer to, team up with and recommend 
  • Access to the Monotype Student Font Pack
  • 20% off all online and in-person educational programs
  • Flash sales of programs when available

Who the team programs are for

  • Graphic design professionals who have an area of expertise and a strong commitment to launching or growing their design skills, career and/or business. If what you do doesn’t fit into this category precisely and you are still interested, let’s talk and see if it might still be a good fit.
  • People who are uplifted and inspired by the energy of a group, and are willing to hold themselves and others up within this context. There is no “hiding” on the Team. When things get challenging, we all stick around and support whoever needs it most. This is what empowers each person to work through their barriers and succeed.
  • Each person will set their own goals and work on their own projects; you don’t need to be at a certain stage in the design process in order to participate. However, you do need to know the general direction of where you want to go.
  • The first requirement is  your ability to commit to yourself, the others in the group, and the 15-week duration. If it’s not the right time for you to make this commitment, please apply in the future when your availability changes. It will be expected that growing your skills and business and participating in the group will be a top priority for you.
  • Generous, open-minded designers who like to see others succeed are encouraged to apply!

next steps

Complete a brief application to see if this is right for you. If you seem like a good fit based on your application, and you haven’t worked with Michael and Rachel in the past, you’ll be invited to have a short introductory call to get to know each other and confirm that either the JV or Varsity Team is an appropriate option before joining.

We begin enrolling on April 17 and close enrollment on April 29. The teams officially begin on May 1, 2017.


One Team is not better than the other. Each team has different issues and topics and in order to address them in an effective manner, we suggest you apply to one or another if:

 
 

Junior Varsity

You are a current undergrad graphic design student, recent BFA graduate, intern,  junior or mid-level graphic designer, design entrepreneur, or freelancer.

You have been studying and working in the graphic design field for a combined 2 to 8 years and/or have general graphic design knowledge and wear many hats.

You have some experience with a few different types of design with varying amounts of content and type handling, as evident in your work.

You focus will be tactical, such as design process and design feedback on one-off pieces, whether single page or multi-page, with specifications on grid, hierarchy, leading, type choice, and ways to make a design look and read better.

The projects related to your goal may include one-off designs and projects, working within brand standards or deviating from it, as the group will be helping with overall readability, design results and effectiveness. These may include client, in-house, or agency projects, passion projects, new ventures, portfolios and more. 

Varsity Team

You are a grad student, MFA graduate, design manager, art director, creative director, design instructor, studio owner, or work with or manage a design team.

You have been studying and working in the graphic design field for a combined 9 to 15+ years and/or have an area of strong design expertise.

You have repeat experience with many different types of design with varying amounts of content and type handling, as evident in your work.

You want to  focus on strategy and system-building,  such as grid systems, brand architecture and extensions, web style tiles/guides, campaigns, book design and managing those systems.

The projects related to your goal may include reports, manuals, and multi-device/piece campaigns, and working within a system of standards or extending them, as the group will be helping with positioning and consistency. These may include client, in-house, or agency projects, with advice for art direction or instruction within a team.

 
 

The Welcome Call is scheduled
in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT):
Monday May 1  7:00pm - 8:00pm

Varsity Team Calls are scheduled in PDT:
Tue May 9  6:30pm - 8:30pm
Sun May 28  12:00pm - 2:00pm
Tue June 13  6:30pm - 8:30pm
Thu June 29  6:30pm - 8:30pm
Tue July 11  6:30pm - 8:30pm
Sun July 31  12:00pm - 2:00pm
Tue August 8  6:30pm - 8:30pm 

Office Hours are scheduled in PDT:
Sun May 14  12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sun June 11  12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sun July 9  12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sun Aug 13  12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Welcome Call is scheduled
in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT):
Monday May 1  7:00pm - 8:00pm

JV Team Calls are scheduled in PDT:
Thu May 11  6:30pm - 8:30pm
Tue May 30  6:30pm - 8:30pm
Thu June 1  6:30pm - 8:30pm
Sun June 25  12:00pm - 2:00pm
Thu July 13  6:30pm - 8:30pm
Tue July 25  6:30pm - 8:30pm
Thu August 3  6:30pm - 8:30pm 

Office Hours are scheduled in PDT:
Sun May 14  1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sun June 11  1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sun July 9  1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sun Aug 13  1:00pm - 2:00pm

 
Before I joined the Varsity Team, I was working full time as an in-house designer. I wasn’t learning or growing as a designer, and I felt very stagnate. My dream was to freelance, but didn’t know how to start. I joined the Varsity Team which gave me more confidence as a designer, discovered new resources, and learned so much! I’ve gotten great feedback on my work, learned tricks of the trade, and have been able to tap into a team of versatile, experienced, and professional designers. In less than three months of joining, my freelance business is taking off! While it’s been crazy learning the ropes of the business, it feels great to know I can call on the Varsity Team for support.”
— Michelle Garcia, MeeshWorks
I am responsible for developing and designing training for my company’s employees and also our end-user customers. TypeEd’s in-person workshops and the virtual led Varsity Team program are so engaging, it inspires you to learn more and develop your skills. The students enrolled in the Varsity Team program are just as much of an asset to learning as Michael and Rachel. The experience each member of the Varsity Team brings pays huge dividends in my growth. I went from “zero” to “hero” in my department. I owe everything to TypeEd and the Varsity Team.
— Bradley Pierce, Curriculum Developer, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.