Design Is All Around Us: Get Ready for NYCxDESIGN 2024!

This citywide celebration is more than just a gathering — it’s a testament to the transformative power of design and its capacity to shape our world.

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New York City, one of America’s foremost epicenters of design innovation, is once again gearing up to host the annual NYCxDESIGN Festival, kicking off on Thursday, May 16, 2024. This citywide celebration is more than just a gathering — it’s a testament to the transformative power of design and its capacity to shape our world. For a week, the city’s streets, galleries and iconic venues will pulse with creative energy, drawing design enthusiasts from across the globe.

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Architizer is excited to be an official media partner for this year’s festival, an unmissable event for creative professionals from across New York and beyond. Offering an extensive lineup of exhibitions, trade shows, talks and tours throughout its week-long run, each event is crafted to spark inspiration and foster collaboration among participants. From architecture and interior design to graphic design and technology, the festival promises a dynamic program that underscores New York City’s status as a global design hub.

This year’s theme, “Design is All Around Us,” captures the ubiquitous nature of design in our everyday lives, urging us to recognize and celebrate its profound impact.

NYCxDESIGN 2024: Keynotes to Watch Out For

One of the most anticipated features of this year’s festival is the premiere of the NYCxDESIGN Keynote series. These daily keynote presentations bring together leading designers and brands to share their visionary insights. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the must-attend keynote events:

  • Supercharging Creativity & Design With AI
    • Partnered with Adobe
    • Date: May 16th, 4:00pm
    • Location: Museum of Art and Design

AI has unleashed unprecedented possibilities and challenges for creators, designers and businesses across the globe. This fireside conversation brings together industry leading designers to explore the profound impact of generative AI on the future of design, best practices and tools industry leaders have adopted to integrate AI into businesses, and the importance of AI ethics practices and bringing AI to market responsibly. Purchase tickets >

  • Vision for Visionaries: Design in AR
    • Partnered with Magic Leap
    • Date: May 20th, 5:00pm
    • Location: SVA Theatre

In this keynote, you’ll learn how AR is empowering spatial designers to better design and share their visions with colleagues and clients in profound and compelling ways. The panel will explore how technology is integrated into the design process and facilitates enhanced collaboration, real-time prototyping and immersive large-scale presentations, showcasing transformative approaches to teamwork and client engagement. Demonstrations will be available to attendees immediately after the talk. Purchase tickets >

  • Sacred Space: Designing the 9/11 Memorial & Museum
    • Partnered with 9/11 Memorial & Museum
    • Date: May 21st, 5:00pm
    • Location: 9/11 Memorial & Museum

Join 9/11 Memorial & Museum Director, Clifford Chanin and Chief Curator, Jan Seidler Ramirez, in conversation with Mark Wagner and Carl Krebs, Principals at Davis Brody Bond, A Page Company, as they discuss the challenges they faced in the design of the Museum, the choices they made, and the creation of a New York City landmark that transformed a place of grief, trauma and destruction into one of solemn remembrance, learning and storytelling. Guests will receive an exclusive tour of the Museum led by museum staff following the panel. Purchase tickets >

See the full lineup of Keynotes and purchase tickets for the events that interest you most here.

NYCxDESIGN Festival: A Platform for All

NYCxDESIGN is on a mission to promote design excellence that is driven by values of inclusivity, diversity and sustainability. Its year-round programming supports a robust platform for showcasing a wide range of creative talent in New York City. Whether you are a student, an emerging designer or an established professional, the festival offers a space for sharing, learning and uniting under the common goal of using design to address the world’s pressing challenges. The NYCxDESIGN Festival not only celebrates design but also serves as a reminder of its critical role in building a better future.

Visit NYCxDESIGN on EventBrite to purchase tickets for the keynote events and stay updated on all the latest news from the festival.

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