The Country's Biggest Undergraduate Design Conference


design nation is an all-expenses-paid exploration of the versatility of a career in design, how design is applied differently across industries, and what it looks like to be a design leader facing the business and social challenges of our world. this year’s conference will bring together 85 of the most talented undergraduate designers in the country and exceptional design leaders and companies.

applications for design nation 2019 are now closed, but check back next year for our next event!



our theme  — “the first touch” — is centered around the human’s initial engagement with a product and the designer’s ideation process. we will explore the interaction of these two experiences and how they lead to innovation in design.



keynotes are a time to answer the big-picture questions shaping design today and where the field will go tomorrow.


workshops encourage learning through collaboration, creativity, and critiquing design through the perspective of vc, advertising, tech and digital.


seminars are off-the-record conversations that inspire and surprise. ask questions without inhibition. executives and attendees are matched based on mutual interests and goals.



last year’s design nation was hosted at new york’s the neuehouse

2020 dn venue to be announced!




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