Design Career Fair: Pathways to Design

Thinking about a career in design and wondering where to start? Join us for a student-led, virtual discussion with this year’s National Design Award winners on the many pathways toward creative careers. From mentorship to education to the future of the field, no topic is off limits. Tune in live and steer the conversation by voting on the topics that matter most to you!  Hear from 2021 National Design Award winners Behnaz Farahi (Digital Design Award), Cheryl D. Miller (Design Visionary Award), and Melinda Dietz, Head of Industrial Design at BioLite (Product Design Award).  

Learn more about the winners of the 2021 National Design Awards!


This free program will feature a moderated panel discussion followed by an audience Q&A hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning. For general questions, or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation, please email or let us know when registering. 

About National Design Month

National Design Month gathers the country’s leading designers and communities around the country to celebrate the power of design in our everyday world. Held in conjunction with the National Design Awards, National Design Month highlights the work of Award winners through a series of free virtual education programs during the month of October including talks, tours, workshops, mentoring sessions, online resources, and more. Visit for further details and a complete listing of programs. Cooper Hewitt relies on design advocates like you to offer these free programs this October—and even more design inspiration throughout the year. Show your support today! 


Francis Bazil is a first-generation Trinidadian immigrant and multidisciplinary industrial designer. With a background in culinary arts and fashion styling, he brings a multitude of skills from his past endeavors into industrial design. He is currently juggling design school at College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan and a consultant position at a small eyewear company in Brooklyn, New York. Bazil’s work focuses on sustainability and human behavior, and with his degree he hopes to venture into furniture design and homeware. It is his belief that the habits users form in the home will follow them, and it is his goal to influence human behavior through the design of his products. 


2021 Special Thanks

National Design Awards programmingis made possible with major support from Facebook, Inc., Shelby and Frederick Gans, Helen and Edward Hintz, The Hirsch Family Foundation, IBM Corporation, and Crystal and Chris Sacca.

Generous support is also provided by Kim and Mac Schuessler and Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer.

Design Career Fair is made possible with generous support from Adobe.