Democratizing Creative Education
How it all started...
Path Unbound was founded and run by creatives. As designers, we have gone through the traditional way of creative education. Paid lots of money for college; spent a lot of time perfecting our crafts; made very little money doing what we love; and seen by companies as people who “make things look pretty”.
Some of our friends with creative passions chose other fields of study regretted their decisions after working in jobs they are not enthusiastic about. They want to get back into their passions. However, there isn’t a clear path to do so without bleeding their wallets and wasting too much time.
We've seen the struggles of career changers
We heard the frustration of expensive tuition in higher education
Traditional higher education is becoming a less attractive option due to its high cost and time commitment. Most universities still cannot offer practical career and business trainings to graduating students – leaving them struggling for work and becoming “starving artists”. The COVID-19 pandemic forever changed higher education. For the first time, students find themselves sitting at home taking online classes while paying $40,000+ in tuition.
Private career schools seem to offer the better alternatives. However, the majority of these schools, online or on campus, don’t have the expertise to produce a curriculum that matches up with the solid foundations that a degree program in universities offer. They are in it for the speed. Students graduate within 2-3 months on average. The brutal truth is, no one can learn design that fast. It comes at the expense of quality.
We are concerned about the "fast-food" culture of online bootcamps
There has to be a better way...
That’s when Path Unbound is born. We want to democratize creative education. It shouldn’t be expensive. It shouldn’t be time-consuming, but it sure needs to be taught the right way. And we happen to know how.
NO POLITICS. NO BULLSHIT. NO EGO.
Team Path Unbound is built on the premise of 3 NOs – No Politics, No Bullshit, No Ego. Our founding team members are visionary creatives. We have been through the typical corporate life before finding ourselves in the path of entrepreneurship. We know what makes a great company culture by experiencing the not-so-great before.
We pride ourselves in a strong remote culture. Although our founding team is mostly located in Los Angeles, CA, our wider team is entirely distributed. Frankly, we believe it is the best way to run our company because our team members are highly-collaborative and trust each other immensely. We do not tolerate drama, internal politics, ego, discrimination or any other behaviors that jeopardize the health, safety, productivity or human rights of our team members. We believe in doing good work and having a great time.
We are actively making our team diverse in race, age, gender, sexual orientations, disability status and of course skillsets.
Founder & CEO
Stella Guan is an award-winning graphic designer, entrepreneur, educator and speaker. She has held lead design positions at creative agencies, global technology companies and Fortune 500 financial services firms.
Following a decade-long corporate career, Stella took on an entrepreneurial path and founded Path Unbound, a creative education company dedicated to training the next generation of designers who are business and career-ready.
Stella’s design work has been recognized internationally by major design awards. Stella has been an adjunct professor of design at top universities, global education institutions and often invited as a speaker at international creative conferences.
Born in VA, raised in PA and refined in NYC, Rachel is currently a designer and painter living in a small mountain town in Los Angeles County. With over 8 years of experience, Rachel has been involved with every aspect of the design process. She believes the best design roles don’t always just involve working in the office – sometimes you have to get out there and experience the community you’re designing for.
Social Content Strategist
Imani is a digital marketing creative with experience spearheading tech, financial services, fashion, and beauty initiatives. She launches, grows, and enriches the digital customer journey for companies, with a strong focus on audience growth and retention, branding, digital-first content development, social media strategy, UX, and graphic design.
Student Affairs Manager
Erica Hessel has been working in marketing and sales for the past 9 years and has recently decided to make a career change into design. She finished GA’s Visual Design course in November 2018 and could not have been happier with the experience and knowledge she gained. Erica is currently focusing on typography, illustration and animation and is excited and eager to continue her design journey.
Erica enjoys painting, cooking, board games and learning new things. She graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism.