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Designation

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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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  • Roslynn Tellvik
    Product Designer • Graduate • Topaz Cohort • Chicago
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    Sep 13, 2017
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    Thanks to DESIGNATION I changed careers.

    Changing careers wasn’t easy. But with DESIGNATION on my side I made it happen. I’m now a Product Designer for a startup. I write research plans, conduct interviews and user tests, design new flows, iterate on the UI of the product, and collaborate with every team in our company. In everything I do I advocate for the experience of our users. I love my work. And I look forward to a long career in a creative industry with expanding opportunities.

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  • Melvin
    Graduate • Chicago
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    Sep 07, 2017
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    Get Ready to Grind!

    DESIGNATION was one of the toughest experiences I've ever had, but it changed my life! My cohort graduated in April and I plan to start my new job as a UX Designer on Sept. 18. If you have the drive, patience, and a ton of learning enthusiasm, DESIGNATION will help you on the path of diving in the UX/UI realm and starting a new career.     The...
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  • Matt M.
    UX Designer • Graduate • Chicago
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    Aug 18, 2017
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    My DESIGNATION Experience

    My Background:

    Before I attended DESIGNATION, a lot of my design skills were self-taught. I signed up for numerous classes on design at Udemy and Coursera, and I even took a 6 month online UX immersive course at CareerFoundry. Although I was able to utilize those new skills at work, I felt that I was nowhere near prepared to apply it in a fast paced and demanding setting. I needed more experience collaborating, and I wanted to solve more complex problems, s...

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  • Abbigail
    UX Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
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    Aug 15, 2017
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    Job not guaranteed - BUT HIGHLY LIKELY IF YOU TRUST THE PROCESS

    Let me start by saying a little about my background.

    I worked in PR agencies for 3 or so years then decided to switch into something more creative. I looked into GA and even went through their application process, but it ultimately wasn't for me. DESIGNATION sold me on the client-facing projects that they had to offer as well as the extended length of the program. The 94% job-success rate also was in the 'pro' column. 

    Now that you know what led to my decision, here's h...

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  • Ryan
    UX Designer • Graduate • Quartz Cohort • Chicago
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    Jun 30, 2017
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    My Experience with DESIGNATION

    My Background:
    I stumbled across this program after my previous industry had crashed and left me with little opportunity. I was forced to pivot and discovered UX design when researching new careers. It sounded awesome! But I had zero experience in design and programming. I also had zero connections in tech to reach out to for advice. A degree in psychology was my closest applicable experience.


    Why DESIGNATION:

    At the time, DE...

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  • Tom
    UI/UX Designer • UI Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
    Dec 31, 2018
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    Embark on the Journey

    Designation was very much like what I’ve read about the archetype of the hero’s journey in the works of Joseph Campbell. Designation was a departure from the ordinary and a chance to learn something new. There were obstacles to leverage and overcome—and new people along the way that taught me something. When finished, I had grown considerably by the experience.

    I transformed from an average graphic designer to a successful and competent UI designer with some UX chops. I learned to ...

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  • MacKenzie Hanaman
    Product Manager | UX Designer • Student • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
    Dec 30, 2018
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    They'll teach you how to think about design, and that's rare in a curriculum.

    There's no doubt, Designation was  the single best design program I've been through. No program is perfect, and I'd like to see minor changes, but if you can stand to give up the better part of your time for six months, it will absolutely teach you how to critically think about design and prepare you for design roles in a digital economy. 

    My cohort was great and supportive, which was also key to being successful and not something that other programs I've been through utilized as...

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  • Josh Berman
    UX Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
    Dec 19, 2018
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    A stand-out program

    Overview
    I wasn’t doing the thing that I loved, but I didn’t know what that looked like yet—then I found UX. I didn’t want to spend 2 years getting a HCI degree, but I wanted a program long enough that I would have the time to flex my mental muscles. Designation was the longest bootcamp I could find, and on top of the duration I would cap the program off with live client work. I was sold.

    With Designation’s guidance and support, I transformed myself over 6 m...

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  • Sarah Klimek
    Jr. UX Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
    Jul 24, 2018
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    Designation is a life-changing learning experience

    Summary 
    Designation will give you the necessary tools to succeed as a UX Designer. Before Designation, I studied design in college and had marketing roles in the professional world. I wanted to change my career and become a UX Designer. I chose Designation because of their “learn by doing” concept. I thought it would be the best way to fully immerse myself in the UX/UI design process and build a portfolio for job interviews, which turned out to be true. I learned a lo...

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  • Michelle
    Product Designer • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
    Jul 02, 2018
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    Changed my career in less than 7 months

    Designation took me further in my career in a much shorter amount of time than any formal schooling I’ve had. I got a job immediately after graduation. It propelled from me from a dead-end job to a full-time product design role in a great company within 7 months.

    I did a ton of due diligence and research before committing to Designation. While Designation gives you the chance to work with real clients, what really hooked me was the close network of people posting jobs and giving de...

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  • Dora Duo
    Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
    Jun 29, 2018
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    Great program for career shift

    I joined DESIGNATION for a career change and it definitely helped me a lot. I learned most of the basic knowledge and methodologies of UI/UX design. I think the project-based classes were super helpful and got me a pretty solid portfolio to begin with. 

    Although, after job hunting and working as a product designer. I do have some suggestions for DESIGNATION:

    1. Try to blend UX and UI together. During my job hunting, I’ve seen a lot of jobs that require candidates to be ...
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  • Andy Cho
    Experience Designer • Graduate • UX Design Intensive (begins every 6-8 weeks) • Chicago
    Jun 21, 2018
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    Hard work pays off

    Before Designation, I graduated with a statistics degree and was working at an advertising agency doing data strategy work. While I enjoyed the work, I felt that I wasn’t quite creating products that were meaningful for people and I wasn’t being creatively challenged. I was doing design before as a side gig/hobby, and as I started to research product and UX design, I felt that it would be great opportunity to make a career transition. I looked at a slew of different programs, ranging from ...

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Published December 26, 2018
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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
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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