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.
Art Director / UX Strategist / UI Designer
San Luis Obispo
UX Research Consultant
Director, Product Management
Senior Interaction Designer
User Experience Designer
Laura Grey Humphrey
Freelance UX Designer
UI Designer Intern
Product Management Intern
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.
Experience Designer at Slalom
Read Rob’s Interview
“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.”
Sr. UX Designer at BlueMetal
Read Mike’s Interview
“Being exposed to so many different ideas, methodologies, and perspectives shaped the way I approach my job and my organization.”
UX Designer at Frontend.com
Read John’s Interview
“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.”
Product Designer at Facebook
Read Zoë’s Interview
“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.”
Product Designer at Interior Define
Read Kate’s Interview
“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.”
UX/UI designer at Vitality
Read Josh’s Interview
“I’m closer to being the person I was meant to be because of Designation.”
UX Designer at Amazon Web Services
Read Angela’s Interview
“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.”
Service & Interaction Designer at Fjord
Read Tiffany’s Interview
“Designation gave me the language to speak intelligently about design.”
Visual Designer at E*TRADE
Read Tom’s Interview
“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.”
Senior Experience Designer at R/GA
Read Jenna’s Interview
“Learning to work on a team and facilitate conversations was the most important skill I learned in my time at Designation.”
Ji Su Hiatt
Service Designer at Capital One
Read Ji Su’s Interview
“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.”
Product Designer at Yelp
Read Amy’s Interview
“It’s awesome to be in a space where you can share, collaborate, and critique ideas and concepts with your instructors and peers.”
User Experience Designer at SapientRazorfish
Read Katarina’s Interview
“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.”
UX Architect at The Office of Experience
Read Cary’s Interview
“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.”
Grads go on to work for companies including:
- IBM Design
- Capital One
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.