At NYCxDESIGN, our mission is to support, empower, and grow the city’s incredible design sector.
Our internationally renowned Annual Design Festival, established in 2013, showcases the immense talent and diversity of the city’s designers, makers, and manufacturers, along with cutting-edge design businesses and districts, and world-class cultural and academic design institutions. The Festival attracts 300,000+ national and international visitors to the city, generating significant economic activity across the boroughs with hundreds of events about design and innovation, creativity, culture, inclusivity, sustainability, and resiliency.
As a non-profit organization, NYCxDESIGN also runs an impactful year-round program increasing diversity, equitable opportunity, and inclusion within the city’s design professions. We educate the city’s young adults about design and inspire them to become the city’s designers of tomorrow.
With new executive leadership, and recently granted 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, NYCxDESIGN is catalyzing an exciting and thriving design sector for all of New York City.
The NYCxDESIGN Festival returns on May 10-20, 2022 for its tenth anniversary edition. For almost a decade, the Festival has attracted thousands of national and international visitors to New York City to celebrate creative accomplishments, share new ideas, and inspire through design.
This special anniversary edition of the Festival will showcase the immense talent and diversity of the city’s designers, makers, and manufacturers, along with cutting-edge design businesses and districts, and world-class cultural and academic design institutions. National and international designers are invited to participate in this milestone year to showcase their work–through group exhibitions, design fairs, consulate-organized events, international trade associations, and more.
Each year, the Festival encompasses renowned trade shows including WantedDesign and ICFF, as well as immersive public design experiences like Design Pavilion, and hundreds of additional partner events across the five boroughs of New York City. These once-a-year events attract thousands of national and international visitors to the city, making for the perfect opportunity for the creative industry to unite. The most recent Festival in November 2021 included 120 events across the five boroughs with 263 participating organizations, earning a significant media reach of over 590 million. Click here to learn about event hosting opportunities.
Health and Safety
All NYCxDESIGN Festival events have agreed to be COVID compliant, and adhere to local health guidelines in place during the Festival.
Frequently Asked Questions
We invite the local and international design communities to host a design event between May 10-20, 20212, as part of the NYCxDESIGN Festival. From exhibitions to open studios, panels and virtual events, we look forward to receiving ideas that celebrate and showcase NYC’s vibrant design community and beyond.
To participate in the NYCxDESIGN Festival, there is a $100 fee for virtual events and $200 fee for outdoor/live events. Organizers that are looking for heightened exposure for their events can purchase NYCxDESIGN promotional packages. More details on these offerings can be found here.
NYCxDESIGN welcomes all residents and visitors (domestic and international) to experience the Festival. Most events are free to enter. Ticketed events are managed by host/organizing venues. Before attending, check the listing and details for each event you’re interested in.
The Festival is not one, centralized event, rather is the umbrella for hundreds of events that take place across the five boroughs of New York City. Through its decentralized nature, the Festival represents the expansiveness of NYC’s design community.