Alumni

Meet our graduates

If you’re looking to work with a graduate or curious to learn about everyone who’s come through Designation, meet them here.

Erin Chartier
User Experience Designer
Philadelphia
Cohort: Gold
Sarah Frazier
UX/UI Designer
Denver
Cohort: Ivory
Kelly Perry
UX Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Obsidian
Dan Fair
Front End Developer
Minneapolis
Cohort: Celadon
Kemar Wedderburn
UI Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Xenon
Honora Ip
UX/UI Design Intern
San Francisco
Cohort: Zinc
Rachel Riordan
UX Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Jet
Philip Paek
UI Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Fuchsia
Nora Benson
Civic Digital Fellowship Design Fellow
Washington DC
Cohort: Diamond
Fabio Fanni
Marketing Science Manager
Chicago
Cohort: Bronze
Caylie Rentsch
Product Designer
Indianapolis
Cohort: Xenon
Jeff Lim
Interaction Designer
San Francisco
Cohort: Magenta
Tasia Carroll
UX Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Garnet
Zabdiel Rosario
UI Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Zinc
Garima Kalra
UX/UI Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Obsidian
Martha Willis
Freelance Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Amaranth
Hayoung Kwon
Design Lead
Chicago
Cohort: Amaranth
Cindy Wang
UX Research Consultant
Chicago
Cohort: Zinc
Pedro Santillanes
Associate Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Amethyst
Shaleenee Jadoopat
UX Intern
Baltimore
Cohort: Peridot
Laura Grey Humphrey
UX Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Obsidian
Brandon Fujii
Software Engineering Intern
Chicago
Cohort: Kobi
Mary Kim
Product Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Ivory
Jason Park
UX/UI Designer
San Francisco
Cohort: Ruby
Kevin Ku
UX Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Magenta
Sydney Wippman
UX Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Sapphire
Wesley Hong
UX Designer
Pittsburgh
Cohort: Ember
Tom Crosse
UI Design Intern
Chicago
Cohort: Cobalt
Michael Pare
Front End Web Developer
Portland, ME
Cohort: Amaranth
Corey Swimmer
UX Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Zinc
Caitlyn Childress
UX/UI Designer
Rochester
Cohort: Jet
Jessica May
UX Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Dahlia
Robert DeSimone
UI Designer
N/A
Cohort: Yucca
James Niekamp
UX/UI Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Viridian
Amanda Roth
Associate Product Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Cobalt
Tanya Gutsol
Visual Designer
Chicago
Cohort: Nectarine

Read alumni interviews

The Designation blog is home to dozens of interviews with graduates working as professional designers in the world’s best companies. Here are just a few of them.

Kate Doornbos

Kate Doornbos

Product Designer at Interior Define

“I gained an awesome UI/UX job, solid portfolio, invaluable career advice, connections to companies, and access to a huge network of friends and designers across the country. I learned. a. ton.”

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Angela Kung

Angela Kung

UX Designer at Amazon Web Services

“I was lucky to be surrounded by hard working who pushed each other to be better. It felt like everyone really cared about their projects, and no one was ever satisfied with an easy solution. We weren’t afraid to challenge each other, which was awesome.”

Read Angela’s Interview
Jenna Passmore

Jenna Passmore

Senior Experience Designer at R/GA

“Learning to work on a team and facilitate conversations was the most important skill I learned in my time at Designation.”

Read Jenna’s Interview
Tiffany Yang

Tiffany Yang

Service & Interaction Designer at Fjord

“Designation gave me the language to speak intelligently about design.”

Read Tiffany’s Interview
John Buckley

John Buckley

UX Designer at Frontend.com

“My favorite part of my experience was the atmosphere, passion and energy in the office; we were broken down and rebuilt together and the connections and camaraderie that comes with that is very special.”

Read John’s Interview
Cary Rolbiecki

Cary Rolbiecki

UX Architect at The Office of Experience

“The most important thing to understand is that Designation gives you the tools and resources to succeed, but what you get out of the program depends on how much work you’re willing to put in.”

Read Cary’s Interview
Josh Magno

Josh Magno

UX/UI designer at Vitality

“I’m closer to being the person I was meant to be because of Designation.”

Read Josh’s Interview
Tom Kutschera

Tom Kutschera

Visual Designer at E*TRADE

“I learned the proper steps required to create an application from scratch. I never really considered the process to create and develop an application prior to attending.”

Read Tom’s Interview
Amy Ton

Amy Ton

Product Designer at Yelp

“It’s awesome to be in a space where you can share, collaborate, and critique ideas and concepts with your instructors and peers.”

Read Amy’s Interview
Ji Su Hiatt

Ji Su Hiatt

Service Designer at Capital One

“Anyone can learn about the fundamentals of design in other settings. But at Designation we were given a chance to actually apply these principles in projects, which helped us learn to speak intelligently about design.”

Read Ji Su’s Interview
Zoë Sinner

Zoë Sinner

Product Designer at Facebook

“Designation broadened my fundamentals and taught me the skills to help solve design problems. And more importantly, it taught me to be a confident designer. All of these things I use in my current job.”

Read Zoë’s Interview
Rob Stone

Rob Stone

Experience Designer at Slalom

“The most important thing I learned was to lean on my peers. My cohort was full of people with a wide variety of skills. As a team we taught each other an incredible amount.”

Read Rob’s Interview
Katarina Lauritano

Katarina Lauritano

User Experience Designer at SapientRazorfish

“Aside from the obvious practical skills and theory that I learned and now use every day, it gave me confidence in my abilities through the opportunity to work with real clients.”

Read Katarina’s Interview
Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson

Sr. UX Designer at BlueMetal

“Being exposed to so many different ideas, methodologies, and perspectives shaped the way I approach my job and my organization.”

Read Mike’s Interview

Grads go on to work for companies including:

  • Apple
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • IBM Design
  • Uptake
  • Yelp
  • Allstate
  • Bose
  • Capital One
  • E*TRADE
  • Nielsen
  • Walgreens
  • BoostHQ
  • LearnVest
  • Limbix
  • Outfittery
  • Recurly
  • Tallysticks
  • AKQA
  • Fjord
  • Huge
  • R/GA
  • SapientRazorfish
  • Slalom

Frequently asked questions about graduates

  • What’s the average salary for Designation graduates?

    We’ve found that graduates earn an average of $60,000–$72,000 in their first year after finishing the program. This number varies greatly due to location—it goes up to an average of $95,000–$100,000 for graduates in San Francisco, for instance, but also down to an average of $40,000–$45,000 for graduates in cities like Omaha. It also varies by industry, company type, company size, cost of living, and several other factors.

    For graduates who work as freelancers, contractors, or interns, the average hourly rate is $35–$50. 

  • Where are graduates located?

    We have over 500 graduates in cities across the United States, Canada, and Europe. The highest concentrations of graduates are in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. We also have multiple graduates in Toronto, Austin, Seattle, Boston, Denver, Salt Lake City, Madison, DC, San Diego, Minneapolis, London, Berlin, Dublin, and Istanbul.

  • What jobs are graduates prepared for?

    On the UX side, depending on the designer’s interests: UX designer, UX researcher, and interaction designer. On the UI side, depending on the designer’s interests: UI designer, visual designer, and communication designer. The skills gained at Designation form a partial but important foundation for additional roles like content strategist, information architect, UX writer, UI engineer, product designer, and product owner.

    In terms of job types, graduates are prepared for full-time salaried and part-time jobs, internships, apprenticeships, and contract and contract-to-hire roles. 

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