Design Career Fair: Portfolio Review

What makes a successful portfolio? From college admissions to job-seeking, designers at every stage think about how to best showcase their work and convey their passions. This virtual program will include designers’ top tips and tricks for portfolio building, followed by a live portfolio review with four students and National Design Award winners. Along the way, audience members will be invited to participate in the review process and share peer feedback.   

Participating 2021 National Design Award winners include Becca McCharen-Tran (Fashion Design Award), Doris Sung (Climate Action Award for InVert™ Self-Shading Window), Tosh Kodama from Imaginary Forces (Communication Design Award), and Mia Lehrer of Studio-MLA (Landscape Architecture Award).  

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


This free program will feature live student portfolio reviews and discussion 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! 


2021 Special Thanks

National Design Awards programming is 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 Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer. 

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