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Designation

Average Rating4.8
115 Reviews
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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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  • Anonymous
    Chicago
    Aug 14, 2016
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    Great experience

    DESIGNATION was a great experience that is a good choice for those looking to get into the field. They are starting to get more exclusive with admissions, which bodes well for its reputation. They put a great deal of emphasis on the virtual phase, so no time is wasted in the live phase. They have stopped offering coding instruction, so beware of that if that is one of your interests. DESIGNATION is very much what you put into it. Take advantage of the resources and especially the people an...

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  • Anonymous
    UX Designer • Graduate • Ruby Cohort • Chicago
    Aug 04, 2016
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    An excellent, very intense program that is absolutely worth it.

    DESIGNATION is a very big commitment for anyone considering joining. Being without an income for four months is stressful, but the cost of the program is fair, and if you are serious about changing or advancing your career it is totally worth it. 

     

    The program is broken into three phases. During the Virtual Phase you work remotely. I was able to maintain a job during this part of the program. Most people don’t necessarily recommend having a job during this time, but I ...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Chicago
    Jul 16, 2016
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    Super rewarding when you put in the work!

    The key to success at the program is that you get what you put into it.  I was so lucky that my fellow students were all hardworking and we pushed each other to improve at a crazy fast pace, because other cohorts before/after us didn't seem to have made as much progress or done as well after the program as we did. 

    In terms of job support, it really works the same way the program does – you get what you put into it. The resources are all there, and the program did a great job wit...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Ruby Cohort • Chicago
    Jul 14, 2016
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    Great experience, great support.

    I recently graduated from the Ruby Cohort. Really great experience. DESIGNATION offers a wealth of suport from industry professionals who are more than willing to take their time to give lectures and one-on-one advice. The pace is fast and intense, but if you put the time in and embrace the experience it will prepare you for an exciting new career. The staff do a great job getting you ready for the real-world and really stress the soft skills of how to talk about yourself as a designer, yo...

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  • Anonymous
    UI Designer • Graduate • Chicago
    Jul 14, 2016
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    The process is tough but very worthwhile.

    DESIGNATION was a really amazing experience for me. There are so many resources, instructors, and mentors to tap into and guide you throughtout the learning process. It's fast paced, but really rewarding. I feel very secure in my skillset, and although I know it's only the beginning of my career, DESIGNATION has provided me with a firm foundation upon which I can confidently build upon.

    People that didn't have such a great experience in my cohort seemed to expect DESIGNATION to d...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Chicago
    Jul 14, 2016
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    UX/UI Designer

    DESIGNATION is one of the best decisions I have made for my career. What set this program apart from other available options was their focus on students gaining real experience working with clients, collaborating with team members, and creating projects within a fast, iterative timeline. They definitely delivered. 

    Even after having graduated the program I find that it keeps adding value as I continue my career as a designer. They have built an amazing active community for both s...

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  • Anonymous
    Graduate • Chicago
    Jul 05, 2016
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    Great Experience

    I graduated from the Obsidian Cohort in March 2016 and got a job offer about a month after. I spend a great deal of time looking at other bootcamp programs before finally deciding to attend DESIGNATION. I even left New York to spend a very cold winter in Chicago - that's how great the curriculum is. Unlike other programs, DESIGNATION is a full-stack program; which means that you'll learn UX, visual design, AND front-end dev. This is crucial in today's job market, as companies are looking f...

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Imogen Crispe
Published December 26, 2018
As we near the end of 2018, we're rewinding and reflecting on the most interesting and impactful coding bootcamp news of the year. Come with us as we look at trends, digest thought pieces, break down the ~$175 million in new funding, and more. We’ll also look at our predictions for 2019 and our hopes for the future of coding bootcamps! 2018: Course Report in Numbers We added 89 n...
Imogen Crispe
Published January 25, 2018
Designation is a UX/UI bootcamp that has been building up the Chicago design community since 2013, and recently moved into a new WeWork classroom. We asked the Designation team to share their reasons behind the move, how students will fit into the larger WeWork community, and why Chicago is a great city to work in UX Design. Plus, we hear about Designation’s future plans to collaborate wi...
Imogen Crispe
Published December 01, 2017
On the Course Report Coding Bootcamp News Roundup, we keep you up to date with the blossoming coding bootcamp industry. This November, we're covering the WeWork/Flatiron School acquisition, over $2M in funding to various bootcamps, and why tech is booming in "Heartland" cities. Of course we also look at new schools, new campuses, and our favorite pieces to work on this month for the Cours...
Lauren Stewart
Published December 28, 2015
  Do you want to be a front end developer or a back end developer? Understanding your career goals at the end of a coding bootcamp can make it easier to narrow down which school is best for you. This can be a tricky task if you aren’t familiar with these terms – but no need to worry now that you have this guide. Let’s dig into the difference between front end web development and back end d...
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...
Liz Eggleston
Published October 07, 2015
Welcome to the September News Roundup, your monthly news digest full of the most interesting articles and announcements in the bootcamp space. Do you want something considered for the next News Roundup? Submit announcements of new courses, scholarships, or open jobs at your school!   This Week on Course Report: Should you learn web or mobile development first? We dive into this ...
Liz Eggleston
Published January 28, 2015
Coding Bootcamps are intensive programs- some require an 80 hour per week commitment, and all demand undivided attention in the classroom. This structure may be necessary to learn a new skill in a short time, but it can also overwhelm students and in some cases, cause burnout. Luckily, at Course Report, we get the opportunity to talk with alumni from coding bootcamps all over the world, a...
Liz Eggleston
Published October 02, 2014
Welcome to the September News Roundup, your monthly news digest full of the most interesting articles and announcements in the bootcamp space. Want your bootcamp's news to be included in the next News Roundup? Submit announcements of new courses, scholarships, or open jobs at your school!   Bootcamps in the News Udacity Raises Fresh $35M to Expand the ‘University of Silicon Va...
Liz Eggleston
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
Designation is a digital design-focused school in Chicago that helps students with a technical or design background make the shift to digital design jobs. We talk with founder Kevin Yun about the differences between Designation and other web-development bootcamps, the types of applicants they look for, and why it's important to learn digital design now.  Remember, the Course Report communi...

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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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