Emerging Designers

Design Snacks

Build your design toolkit! Design Snacks is a series of free, hands-on workshops exploring techniques and strategies for participants to incorporate into their own practices, classrooms, or organizations. Expect new topics each month, from brainstorming to how to build a great portfolio.

Workshops are held monthly starting December 2021. Participants are not required to participate in all workshops.

No prior experience in design required. Recommended for ages 16+.

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Design Snacks are made possible with major support from Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation. Generous support is also provided by Adobe and The Hirsch Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

DESIGN HIVE

Design Hive is a paid, youth-led initiative at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Students ages 16-22 dive deep into design objects and processes to develop their own collaborative projects based on an annual theme. This year, Design Hive students will focus on using design as a tool for change.  

In Design Hive, knowledge is co-authored. Students mentor one another and receive mentorship from working designers. They are offered unprecedented access to the museum’s exhibitions, objects, and people, and use it to design a world that is more responsible, equitable, and collaborative. 

Design Hive takes place on Thursdays from 4:30-6:30. Students must be based in the NYC area to apply. Participants must attend weekly program dates and be available to meet virtually or at Cooper Hewitt (2 E 91st St, New York, NY 10128). 

The program begins on Thursday, November 18th and ends on Thursday, May 19th. Students will receive a stipend of $2,000 for their participation, paid in two $1,000 payments throughout the program.

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year have closed. 


Design Hive is made possible with major support from Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation. Generous support is also provided by Adobe and The Hirsch Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 

DESIGN CAREER FAIR

Each October, Cooper Hewitt hosts a virtual Design Career Fair series as part of our National Design Month celebration. Teens are invited to talk with top designers working in the fields of fashion, product design, architecture, graphic design, and more! Participants are encouraged to explore design careers, discover career paths, learn the complexities of what designers do, and find out what designers love about their jobs. Design colleges from across the country are also available to answer questions.

Past designers have included Tim Gunn, Cynthia Rowley, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, and designers from Facebook, Ann Taylor Loft, Kenneth Cole, Heath Ceramics, Milton Glaser, Smart Design, Pentagram, Rocawear, and Herman Miller.

Past design colleges have included Parsons, SVA, RISD, SAIC, CalArt, FIT, and Pratt.

Details for this event will be announced here.

National High School Design Competition

Taking place annually, the National High School Design Competition invites students to design a solution to a real-world challenge. Learn more.

Featured Image: Photograph by Angela Jimenez Photography