Emerging Designers

Design Snacks

Build your design toolkit! Design Snacks is a series of hands-on workshops exploring techniques and strategies for participants to incorporate into their own practices, classrooms, or organizations. Workshops are held every other Wednesday starting March 3rd, 2021. Participants are not required to participate in all workshops.

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

Sessions include: 

March 3 | Framing a Design Problem with Amanda Astorga and Angel Lopez 

March 17 | Creating a Mood Board with Lesley Ware of Creative Cookie 

April 7 | Mapping a User’s Journey with Yvonne Lin of 4b Collective 

April 21 | Upcycling + Rethinking Waste with Nicole McLaughlin 

May 5 | Telling Your Design Story with Oshoke Abalu of Love & Magic Company



Get a head start on a future in design! Teens in New York City can apply to be a DesignPrep Scholar, a free program that features hands-on workshops with professional designers, design studio visits, and college tours.

Application for the 2020-2021 school year IS closed.

We are no longer accepting applications for the Design Scholars program. For more information, contact us at (212) 849-8353 or chyouthprograms@si.edu. 



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