NYCxDESIGN is driven by core values deeply rooted in community and creativity, always mindful of inclusivity, equality, diversity, sustainability, and regenerative design for the greater good of humanity.

Beyond its annual Festival, NYCxDESIGN’s year-round programming serves as a robust platform for the diverse spectrum of design talent found in New York City. 

Whether showcasing students, emerging designers, or highly decorated professionals across various design disciplines, our programs foster an environment for sharing, educating, learning, and uniting. The overarching aim is to address the pressing needs of our world with attention and care, inspiring the next generation to embrace design as a tool for solving problems and contributing positively to tomorrow’s challenges.


Four women in panel discussion in front of audience

The NYCxDESIGN Mic podcast, expertly hosted by design podcast trailblazer Debbie Millman, provides an exclusive glimpse into the minds of New York City’s most creative individuals. In a city that houses the world’s most diverse array of backgrounds and perspectives, storytelling becomes a potent means of forging connections.

With over 70,000 series downloads and 400,000+ impressions per season, NYCxDESIGN Mic has evolved into a significant series for the local design community. Listen in as the podcast features insights from the most innovative creators and emerging talents, emphasizing how design serves as a dynamic connector and catalyst. These conversations underscore the transformative potential of design, shaping a collective journey towards a brighter future.

Let’s talk design
Moderator Debbie Millman
Marjorie Guyon, Artist Roy Husdell, Chief Creative Officer, MadLabs

NYCxDESIGN presented the I Was Here Project as a Design Pavilion in celebration of Archtober, the City’s architecture festival. Hosted by Spireworks on The Podium of the iconic One World Trade Center, I Was Here made its debut in New York City in October 2023.

Collaborative in nature, the ‘I Was Here’ project is a series of public art and public history installations that serve as a mindful, reverent, and powerful acknowledgment of slavery in American history and presented in a variety of mediums and methods.

Explore the roles design and art play in cultivating public awareness, demanding the attention of communities at large to societal issues, and creating testament to honor the power, beauty, dignity and grace of those who were instrumental in building the foundation of our country.
Our host Debbie Millman, designer, author, educator and one of only five women who have held the title of President Emeritus of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in over 100 years, leads a riveting panel of design revolutionaries including Cher Russo, Creative Director at Flamingo with previous lead creative roles at Glossier and Estée Lauder; Natasha Jen, award-winning designer, educator, and partner at Pentagram; and Erica Eden, founder of Tribe & Citizen and previously Global Director of Design Innovation at PepsiCo’s Design Center.
Listen to this captivating podcast conversation between four powerful women in design!
To find out, Debbie Millman and guests sat down at the Cosentino Showroom on March 9th for a live episode recording of the NYCxDESIGN podcast The Mic, to explore how environmentally mindful materials for the home can be used to reinvigorate interior spaces with vibrancy and enduring timelessness. Be a fly on the wall for a conversation with New York based interior designer, Antonio Deloatch, EVP of Materials Research at Material ConneXion and Chief Material Scientist at Material Bank, Dr. Andrew Dent, and Pablo Abad, Regional Director, Atlantic, Cosentino North America, as they dive into the world of sustainable surface materials. Tune in to hear each guest bring their unique expertise and life experiences to the table to share how creating a domestic environment that is healthy for our planet can also produce a holistically beautiful and inviting abode.
In this episode of The Mic, Debbie Millman is joined by Sarah Nsikak of La Réunion, and María Elena Pombo of Fragmentario to discuss their personal explorations with textiles and environmentally mindful work. Their conversations touch on the use of deadstock fabric in making heirloom pieces, how avocado seeds can be used to naturally dye fabric and how “sustainability” can be more than just a buzzword.
In this episode of The Mic, Debbie Millman is joined by Chen Chen and Kai Williams, and Giovanni Valdeavillano of Studio POA to explore how designers who work with traditional materials like clay, metal, and wood can turn an utilitarian object into something extraordinary. Tune in to hear about how Chen and Kai collaborate in the studio with a sense of humor, how Gio’s parents inspired him to explore craft and furniture making, and find out how Studio POA got its name.
On this episode of The Mic, host Debbie Millman interviews Alexandra Cunnigham-Cameron, Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Tione Trice, founder at Of the Cloth, to dive into objects, curation, and material culture. Tune in for a rich conversation exploring how objects connect us with others, why collecting can be a form of personal and generational archiving, and which objects define the New York experience.
From the vibrant colors of Kickie’s childhood kitchen in Slovakia to Sara’s advice on which direction your bed should face according to the Vastu tradition, join us for a jam-packed episode all about nature’s influence on the design process. 
This live recording of The Mic was part of a special celebration of Caesarstone and NYCxDESIGN’s initiative, the IMPACTxDESIGN competition. Kickie Chudikova’s winning design, Spiral of Life, is an undulating, experimental seating installation manufactured using Caesarstone quartz, now on view in DUMBO’s Pedestrian Plaza.