Partners

Designation works with a number of partners to provide discounts, benefits, and other resources to every designer in the program.

WeWork

WeWork

Each designer in Designation’s in-person phases automatically becomes a WeWork member, and is able to gain entry into and benefits at every WeWork location around the world. Check out their lists of locations and extensive store of member discounts.

Apple

Apple

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.

Axure

Axure

Primarily used in the Virtual UX Phase, Axure is an important wireframing and prototyping tool for designers. Axure offers free licenses to Designation with proof of enrollment in the program.

InVision

InVision

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.

Optimal Workshop

Optimal Workshop

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.

Porkbun

Porkbun

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.

Principle

Principle

An excellent tool for animating interactions and interfaces, Principle is used by both UX and UI designers. When purchased through Designation, designers get a 50% discount.

Sketch

Sketch

One of the primary design tools while at Designation, Sketch offers a discount of 50% off the purchase cost with proof of enrollment in the program.

AIGA Chicago

AIGA Chicago

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

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.

CIRR

CIRR

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.

Climb

Climb

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. 

Meritize

Meritize

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 Financing page. 

Skills Fund

Skills Fund

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.