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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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  • Corey Swimmer
    UX Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Mar 29, 2018
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    Life changing experience to a new career

    TL;DR

    From self-taught designer to UX design career with Designation. With passion, a lot of hard work and genuine curiosity; designation can help you transition too.

     

    My background

    Since I have a non-traditional education path I want to preface this review for others who may have a similar path.

    Growing up I self-learned design tools and always had a passion for solving problems. As I started pursuing a BA in Grap...

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  • Nat
    UX Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Mar 26, 2018
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    Intense, but Amazing Experience

    Designation is a highly intense program that's not for those looking for a easy career transition. However, as many reviews on here have already stated...you get out of it as much as you put into it, and it will absolutely get you results if you put in the work and push yourself. 

    The Experience 

    The curriculum is broken out into three sections of varying length, with the first two sections being through a virtual classroom and class session held through vi...

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  • Mary B
    UX Strategist • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Mar 24, 2018
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    Best decision of 2017!

    The short and sweet   Designation is pretty fantastic. It’s probably not for you if you don’t know why you want to switch to a design career or are not ready for 6 months of intense, and sometimes grueling work. However, if you are ready to make the commitment, Designation will provide the resources and framework you need to successfully transition into a UX or UI career. You get out what you put into the program as many other r...
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  • Yitong Zhang
    Product Designer • Student • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Mar 14, 2018
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    You get what you put in

    My personal experience at Designation was very intense. I always made it a point to stay later than everyone else during weekdays and took half of Sunday to practice coding. I took advantage of the instructors, my peers and the general Chicago design community to improve my craft as much as possible. As a result, I had a lot of success coming out of the program. I had a strong portfolio that was picked up by a few online galleries and forums, where my eventual first employer reached out to...

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  • Mythili
    UX Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Mar 12, 2018
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    I landed my dream job within a year

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    As someone who really wanted to break into the UX consulting world, Designation played a crucial role in not only teaching me the hard technical skills that were needed on the job, but more importantly the soft skills that are needed in a client facing/collaborative environment. The work I did with real clients and the obstacles I faced along the way ultimately prepared me to deal with unexpected curveballs that get thrown my way on the job.

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  • Jane
    User Experience Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Mar 09, 2018
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    One of the most rewarding experiences

    My timeline: I started Design Essentials in April 2017 and completed the Career Phase in October 2017. For a month after graduation, I did nothing but revise and complete my portfolio. After three months of active job hunting (A LOT of job applications, emails, networking, and interviews), I received an offer that I liked, and I began working at the end of February 2018. Now, I just finished my second week working as a User Experience Designer at a global consulting firm. ...

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  • Qui
    UX Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Feb 15, 2018
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    A transformative experience that truly allows you to design a new career!!!

    At Designation, you all are truly allowed to design their next career if you put forth the effort.

    Before Designation, I was a Relationship Manager at Bank of America. I had significant experience in finance and banking, but I also worked in other industries including healthcare and food retail. I also have a degree in sociology. Throughout all my positions across industries, they were all people and client facing, so I knew I had a love for customer service...

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  • Pete Ziegel
    Graduate • UI Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Jan 05, 2018
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    A life-changing experience that gave me the tools to transform my career

    The in-person instruction, group collaboration, career counseling, and an opportunity to work with real clients attracted me to Designation. During my time there I acquired the experience that I have used to transition my career onto a more rewarding path. I also gained a valuable network of Designation peers, mentors, and friends.

    Before Designation, I was working as a Graphic Designer doing mostly production work. I had a desire to move into a position where I could grow as a c...

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  • Natasa
    UI designer • Graduate • UI Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Nov 07, 2017
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    If you want a new career choose Designation

    First little bit of my background. I'm coming from another country with the background in banking and accounting. I always had a passion for design, and in one moment in my life, I decided to work in a more creative world. I opened flower shop and gallery and learned how to make beautiful flower arrangement and that way make my customers happy and satisfied. When I moved to the USA, I continued to follow my passion but this time in the digital design. I spent a lot of months researching an...

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  • Joshua
    UX/UI Designer • Graduate • UI Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Nov 05, 2017
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    Literally. Changed. My. Life.

    I'm going to preface this review with the fact that I am a) usually an optimist and try seeing everything as a learning opportunity, b) still processing the entire experience seven months out of the program, and c) had literally no design experience prior to Designation, so I won't be able to compare the workload/experience/lessons to anything (job or boot camp-wise) "in the industry." I'm about a month into my new job, so my feelings about it can and will obviously change the more I go de...

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  • Kyle
    Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Oct 17, 2017
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    DESIGNATION worked for me

    I came to Designation after working for 6 years in the advertising agency as a video editor and animator. After a few clients told me that I “think too much for this job”, I started looking for a job that encourages me to ask questions and really think about all aspects of the work. In less than 3 months after finishing Designation, I had several exciting job offers from very reputable companies (all of which paid significantly more than what I was making in advertising.) I recently took a...

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  • Alex Gavriutin
    UX/UI Designer at WebToMed • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Oct 01, 2017
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    Practical, Hands On Education

    I did a lot of research into many schools before I  chose Designation, and I know now that I made the best choice in choosing Designation. The hands on experience that I received in working with actual clients was extremely valuable, because I could describe real life scenarios at the work place when I went on interviews. The mentors at Designation really care about each individual student and their personality. The mentors, spend a lot of one on one time with each student to help them rea...

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Imogen Crispe
Published December 26, 2018
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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
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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...
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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