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Designation

Average Rating4.8
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Designation is a 24-week program specializing in the fields of UX and UI design with the primary goal to turn you into a hireable candidate for innovative and tech-focused companies. Designation offers a hybrid of both online education and in-person immersion in Chicago. Throughout the 24 weeks of the program, students are treated to guest speakers, sponsored workshops, and lab sessions. While there is no formal grading, students are asked to create portfolio deliv...

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  • Pranav Pradhan
    Product Designer at Vectra.ai • Graduate • UI Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Apr 10, 2019
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    More Than Just a Bootcamp

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    I heard about Designation through a friend of mine who had completed the program a few years ago. She only had good things to say to me about the program, and kept repeating the mantra "you get out what you put in". After having gone through the program myself, I can safely say that this is 100% true. The people are brilliant, the experiences are unforgettable—and you'll learn more than you thought possible, as long as you're willing to put in the effort. A...

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  • Josh Miller
    Experience Designer at Slalom Build • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Dec 30, 2018
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    Great option for a career changer

    I started working as a web designer in higher education in the mid-2000s, and as my career moved along I gained experience in areas like project management, data analysis and reporting, operations, and product management. Thinking about the next phase of my career, I realized I wanted to focus more of my time building stuff. After reaching out to my network and researching online, I found that UX would be a great space for me to accomplish my goal of focusing on building while also being a...

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  • Megan Keach
    UX Designer/Researcher • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Oct 25, 2018
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    A great experience

    I came to Designation for a career change. After many years in theatre and time as a stay-at-home mom, I wanted a career with growth potential in which I could utilzie my creative background. UX design seemed like a good fit, and I dove in. 

    I chose the program at Designation for its reputation and rigor, and I was not dissappointed. I recieved an education not only in UX design, but in soft skills, teamwork strategies, and critical thinking. The workload is sizable and the pace ...

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  • Philip P
    UI Designer • Graduate • UI Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Oct 18, 2018
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    UI Designer

    I can only echo the thoughts of what so many other graduates of the program are saying. Designation is a lifechanger. By quite literally becoming your life for 6 months, it saturates you into the world of design and equips you with everything you need for your career in UX/UI — the most important of which is the learning mindset through which you can keep growing as a designer past your time in the program. Having come from working in assorted digital design roles, I came to Designation ho...

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  • Kim T
    UX Architect • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Oct 18, 2018
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    Great opportunity to learn UX

    I read all the reviews and looked at other programs but what stood out about Designation was the opportunity to work with actual clients during the eight-month time frame. Although, the reviews for Designation were phenomenal I was not completely sold on the program until I reached out to a program graduate through LinkedIn. Our conversation reassured me that this program could be what I needed to refresh my skills before re-entering the workforce. Another concern of mine was that I ...

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  • Hillary Pollak
    Product Designer • Student • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Oct 10, 2018
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    Definitely worth it!

    Overview:

    Like others have said, you get what you put in. You'll work hard but learn the skills to be able to land a job after graduation. If you're looking to get into design but don't want to spend the time or money on a Master's degree, Designation is a great option. 

    Choosing a program:

    I knew I wanted to be a product designer but didn't know how to get there. I looked into HCI programs but they seemed expensive and long. While ...

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  • Andrew K
    Product Designer • Graduate • UI Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Oct 08, 2018
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    Six months of hard work for a new life!

    Six months at Designation jumpstarted a career that I love. I came to Designation with no design experience, spending the years prior to the program working in finance. The most designing I'd ever done was in PowerPoint. I was initially skeptical of the program because it didn't provide a formal degree or certification. I'd also need to leave the comfort and security of my current job. Wanting to understand more about the industry and program, I sought out a Designation grad (which I highl...

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  • Kristin Nevells
    Product Designer • Graduate • UI Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Sep 25, 2018
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    Worth every penny.

    Designation is a life changer. If you are on the edge of deciding whether or not to join Designation, hopefully this review persuades you to go for it. You get out of the program what you put into it and it when you graduate, you are prepared for a career in the field, even if you don't think you are. 

    Before starting Designation, I was working for a startup and saw the design side of things and wanted to be involved. I am so thankful that I chose this program, I grew as a designer...

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  • Rob Jurewicz
    Product Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Sep 19, 2018
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    Make the move!

    If you are a naturally curious person who wants to know what makes people tick and doesn’t want to be spoon-fed instructions, Designation is the place for you. I had 10 years experience in graphic design but was looking to make a change to a field that would be more meaningful on a day-to-day basis. I was looking for the right balance of time to soak in new knowledge, but not the extended length of a graduate program. This was the perfect split for me compared to some of the shorter 10-wee...

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  • Jacob H.
    Product Designer • Graduate • Quartz Cohort • Chicago
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    Aug 20, 2018
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    Designation was maybe the best career decision I've made

    I had been a designer for a good while. I was working at a large reputable ad agency as an Art Director for 5 years but the work I was doing was of a very narrow skill set and it was extremely difficult to advance or find many job opportunities elsewhere that really got me excited to apply. Even changing companies would only have afforded me minimal additional money or career advancement opportunity. I had been wanting to make the transition to digital work for a long time but it was diffi...

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  • Tiffany Kuhn
    Associate Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Aug 15, 2018
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    Designation- hard work & rewarding experience

    I have to echo what has been said in multiple reviews of Designation—you will get out what you put in to the program, the time and money are worth it, and it is a life changing experience… but let’s back up to how I got here.

    Before Designation

    In 2017, I was unhappy with my career in administration and operations and was looking for a change. I knew that I wanted to work in a creative, project driven environment and started exploring ways to move into a de...

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  • Wesley H.
    Junior UX Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Aug 04, 2018
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    Designation is WORTH IT!

    Designation is a life changer….if you want it to be. The program itself provides you with the necessary resources, knowledge, and integration that will help you become a successful designer. Here are some pros, insights, and tips.

    INSIGHTS

    1. The Designation staff is excellent. They’re super knowledgeable and they know what they’re talking about. They’re really supportive and are willing to help you out every step of the way. You're never g...

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Published January 25, 2018
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Liz Eggleston
Published November 10, 2015
Founded in 2013, Designation offers an immersive bootcamp for aspiring UX and UI designers. Mike Joosse, their new Community Director, tells us about his transition from the design world to Designation, the most important ingredient for a successful UX designer and how Designation prepares students for post-bootcamp careers.   Tell us about your background and what you were doing be...
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Published October 07, 2015
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Published October 02, 2014
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Published October 02, 2014
With a degree in Advertising Art Direction, Martha Willis was looking for a way to build on her current skillset in pursuit of a web-based career. So she enrolled in Designation, a full-time, immersive design course in Chicago. We get the scoop from Martha about the application process, her new job as a UI Designer, and how she's continued her education after Designation.  Remember, th...
Liz Eggleston
Published March 06, 2014
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Designation costs around $15,800. On the lower end, some Designation courses like Design Essentials (Online, Part-time, begins every 6-8 weeks) cost $1,000.

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Designation has in-person campuses in and, Chicago. Designation also has a remote classroom so students can learn online.

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