Programs Library

Designers from left to right: Rodolfo Agrella, Lizzie Itzkowitz, Suchi Reddy


For over a decade, the NYCxDESIGN Festival has attracted thousands of national and international visitors to New York City to celebrate creative accomplishments, share new ideas, and inspire through design.

Each May, the Festival returns to showcase the immense talent and diversity of the city’s designers, makers, and manufacturers, along with cutting-edge design businesses and districts, and world-class cultural and academic design institutions. 

The Festival encompasses renowned trade shows including WantedDesign and ICFF, as well as immersive public design experiences like Design Pavilion, and hundreds of additional design events across the five boroughs of New York City. These once-a-year events make for the perfect opportunity for the creative industry to unite.

2022 Festival Recap

2019 Festival Recap

2018 Festival Recap

An Ode to NYC

NYCxDESIGN’s annual city-wide exhibition, An Ode to NYC is a bold collection of posters dedicated to New York City’s enduring creative energy. Each year, NYCxDESIGN teams up with leading local designers to create a series of moving artworks re-connect people to the heartbeat of New York City’s design scene. 

NYCxDESIGN: The Magazine

New York City has more designers than any other city in the world. There are hundreds of studios, ateliers, research labs, makerspaces, and workshops across the city’s five boroughs, where thousands of creative minds are hard at work changing our world an idea at a time. Explore NYCxDESIGN: The Magazine for an intimate look inside of the worlds of New York City’s most creative minds.

Conversation Series


Tune in to various talks and discussions featuring influential New York City-based designers exploring topics of architecture, graphics & branding, outdoors, interior design, product design, and digital & technology. 

Emerging Designer Residency

In 2021, NYCxDESIGN and ARTS THREAD teamed up to present a 3-month Emerging Designer Residency Program at Hudson Yards. Four recent graduates had 13 weeks to work on their impressive portfolios and showcase projects in a highly visible space.

In addition to providing exposure for the emerging designers to launch their businesses, the space offered an opportunity for the public to see a behind-the-scenes look at the design process–from the making of rugs to the fabrication of pendant lights.

Breakout Grant

NYCxDESIGN’s Breakout Grant was conceived to help financially support New York City-based designers and design businesses in implementation or furthering the momentum of a product or project that is in pre-market, late-stage development. The Breakout Grant jury, composed of distinguished leaders throughout New York’s design eco-system, evaluated proposals at length to award viable projects and candidates who demonstrated a foundational commitment to innovation, inclusivity, and sustainability – three integral pillars to designing a greater New York City.

The Design Corps is a network of volunteers assisting restaurants’ design-related needs that have arisen due to the COVID-19 crisis. Restaurants can sign up to receive a free consultation from a design professional who can help answer questions about improving dining area, space layout, and adapting to the guidelines.