National Design Month

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National Design Month

National Design Month gathers the nation’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 education programs during the month of October including talks, tours, workshops, mentoring sessions, and more.

Watch the 2021 winner videos and explore some of the online resources, including Design Around Town: An Activity Book, the Design Career Toolkit featuring advice from National Design Award winners, and a Smithsonian Learning Lab on taking action on climate change.

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 provided by Kim and Mac Schuessler and Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer.


Watch the events

Explore some of the inspiring programs offered during National Design Month in October 2021 below.