Our designers solve real problems for real business stakeholders
Our mission reaches beyond just teaching the software and tools of the trade. We incorporate hands-on training that prepares our designers to tackle the professional realities of working as digital designers. During the Client Phase, our teams create a variety of high-quality deliverables for live products, all while working in a collaborative team environment.
Projects typically take these forms
Previous client work
The bulk of the projects we take on focus on digital product design—on defining the user experience, functionality and branded styling of mobile apps, web SaaS platforms, and the like. We’ve also worked on touch-screen kiosks, a smart home interface, and even a smart mirror.
UX case studies:
UI case studies:
Our designers in action
Let’s work together
We offer design work in exchange for invaluable professional experiences that our designers feature in their portfolios and speak to in job interviews. We value working with small businesses and startups who otherwise wouldn’t have the resources or funding to employ quality design work.
Once we receive your inquiry, we’ll reach out to learn more about the details of your product and desired scope of work.
Frequently asked questions from potential clients
What are the professional backgrounds of designers in the program?
Just about every profession has been represented among our designers: Lawyers, chefs, ballet dancers, baristas, options traders, architects, preschool teachers, biologists, and many, many others. Any professional experience focused on practicing the soft skills needed for a design career—teamwork, customer service, research, storytelling, client management, project management, creative thinking, a desire to learn—is pretty easily transferrable at Designation. And any past experience with design helps even more, but some of our most successful graduates had no design experience before applying.
What qualities does a strong Designation participant possess?
There are a lot of qualities practiced frequently, if not perpetually, by designers in the program. Having a growth mindset is the number-one quality, and which best prepares all designers in the industry for a successful career. Iterative learning, problem-solving, measuring self-growth, asking intuitive questions, dealing with failure, adapting to change and pivots, analyzing insights, and synthesizing data are all practiced heavily. Experience on teams, in customer service, with creative thinking, with time and project management, and with constructive criticism are very valuable. Good communication—interpersonal, verbal, presentational, and written—is a necessary part of success at Designation. And showing up on time, being open to new ideas, staying healthy, and keeping a sense of humor are just as important.
What tools do Designation designers use?
Teamwork tools include Google Drive, Google Slides, PowerPoint, and Keynote. Productivity and communication tools include Canvas, Slack, email, Google Calendar, and Keynote. Design tools and programs include Sketch, Axure, InVision, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Principle. And everyone uses a hefty amount of Post-its, Sharpies, whiteboards, and sketching paper.