The Cover Design Competition encourages participants to reflect on their lives as public school students in New York City and express their ideas artistically in the form of a cover design. The winning designs will be featured on Department of Education school directories, which are distributed to thousands of students and their families across New York City. This competition is an opportunity for students to showcase their artistic talents and be recognized for their creativity.


Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will host a series of workshops for competition finalists on the following dates: January 18; January 25; February 1; and February 8. At the first three sessions, finalists will work with professional graphic designers to refine their designs. At the final session on February 8, 2017, finalists will present their designs to the panel of judges.

This workshop is made possible through a partnership with the New York City DOE.


DesignPrep is a series of FREE teen workshops, studio tours and college visits, which focus on all forms of design from fashion and architecture to product and graphic design. Learn more.

DesignPrep is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of

Additional support is provided by the Altman Foundation, internal Smithsonian Institution funds from the Youth Access Grants program, Deutsche Bank, The New York Community Trust and its Hive Digital Media Learning Fund, the Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation, School of Visual Arts, and the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation.