The Country's Biggest Undergraduate Design Conference
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empowering the next generation of creative talent

april 7-8th, 2018 | NYC


des•ig•na•tion (n):

an all-expenses-paid exploration of the versatility of a career in design, how design is applied differently across industries, and what it looks like to be a design leader facing the business and social challenges of our world.

applications for designation 2018 are closed. 



key•note (n):

a time to answer the big-picture questions shaping design today & where the field will go tomorrow.

topics will be released soon. view past keynotes here.


abbott miller





Debbie millman


design matters


Dana Arnett


President-Elect | Partner

AIGA | VSA Partners

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peter boyce ii



general catalyst



work•shop (v):

to learn by collaborating, creating, and critiquing.

design from the perspective of Vc, advertising, tech, and digital.

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ven•ue (n): 

a state-of-the-art studio that has played host to the likes of adobe and nyfw. 

spring studios, 6 st johns ln. new york, ny 10013


con•nect (v):

to form friendships with likeminded people from 50 universities across the country

future partners, mentors, and roommates await.


arizona state university • art center college of design • boston university • broward college • brown university • california college of the arts • carnegie mellon university • columbia college chicago • concordia university st. paul • cornell university • dartmouth college • duke university • fashion institute of technology • harvard university • kirkwood community college • mit • new york university • northwestern university • parsons school of design • pratt institute • princeton university • purdue university • rensselaer polytechnic institute • rhode island school of design • rochester institute of technology • spring hill college • stanford • suny new paltz • syracuse university • texas state university - san marcos • the college of saint rose • ohio state university • temple university • university of california - berkeley • university of california - davis • university of central florida • university of houston • university of illinois - urbana-champaign • university of maryland - college park • university of massachusetts - lowell • university of north carolina - chapel hill • university of oregon • university of pennsylvania • university of pittsburgh • university of southern california • university of washington - seattle • university of wisconsin - stevens point • virginia tech • woodbury university • yale



spon•sor (v): 

to help us do what we do & keep it all free for students.

round of applause for those below - thank you.




ap•ply (v): 

to share who you are, where you come from, and what you'll do.

all applications are considered on a need-blind basis, and all costs are covered for accepted attendees.

we're not just looking for designers; entrepreneurs, artists, writers, and makers are all welcome - anyone with a love for design wishing to learn more welcome. all applications are considered on a need-blind basis, and all costs are covered for accepted attendees.

all applications for designation 2018 have closed.