Designation works with a number of partners to provide discounts, benefits, and other resources to every designer in the program.
When ordered through Designation staff and Apple’s flagship Michigan Avenue store, designers receive a 6% or greater discount on all hardware, including MacBook laptops, iPads, and iPhones. Designers are sent ordering details before Design Essentials begins.
One of the primary prototyping tools while at Designation, InVision offers one year of use free, plus three free prototypes hosted by InVision. Enrollees are sent an activation code only for Designation designers.
Used by UX and UI designers alike throughout the program, the suite of products from Optimal Workshop offer a wealth of tools and resources to maximize the potential of user research and testing. Designers are sent a unique code for a free version of the OW suite good throughout their time at Designation.
One of the fastest-growing domain services, Porkbun offers designers one free year of a .design domain name and a custom email address. Designers are sent a unique activation code to sign up at the Porkbun site.
Design Museum of Chicago
The Design Museum of Chicago is one of Chicago’s most dynamic experiences, with exhibits focused on every type of design, workshops and events that attract the city’s creative community, and a one-of-a-kind store filled with unique items made in Chicago. The museum offers Designation designers one free year of membership.
Designation is proud to sponsor the AIGA Chicago Mentor Program, one of the strongest and most impactful design mentorship programs across the national organization. As one of the chapter’s signature initiatives, the Mentor Program helps further the careers of dozens of participating designers each year, including a large number of Designation graduates.
Chicago Getaway Hostel
If a designer seeks housing while attending Designation, they can take advantage of a special rate with the Chicago Getaway Hostel, located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. A valid Designation acceptance letter and proof of enrollment is needed to gain the rate.
Designation is proud to be a provisional member of the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting, the industry’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to standardized measurements of participant outcomes in programs like ours. Designation achieves full membership in 2018.
One of Designation’s lending partners, Climb provides simple, fast, and affordable loans to applicants to help them meet their career and financial goals. For more information about working with Climb, see the Financing page.
One of Designation’s lending partners, Meritize looks at academic data alongside financial records to offer applicants loans and provide them career services. For more information about working with Meritize, see the page.
One of Designation’s lending partners, Skills Fund is a financing platform for high-quality outcomes-based forms of higher education. Skills Fund is also the founder of CIRR. For more information about working with Skills Fund, see the Financing page.
Partner with us
If you’re interested in working with us to help improve our designers’ experience in the program, we’d love to speak with you.