The Division of Design educates and trains designers to create and develop concepts that optimize the function, value, and appearance of communications, products and systems for the benefit of both industry and society. Within the Division of Design, there are three majors: Visual Communication Design, Industrial Design and Interaction Design.

Current News

2016 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition

May 28 – June 26, 2016
free public reception: Friday, May 27, 7-9pm; RSVP here
Henry Art Gallery

Tad Hirsch and the AR-15

Jonathan Hiskes of the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities has written an essay about recent work by Interaction Design Professor Tad Hirsch. Read more.

New Faculty Activities

Our four newest tenure-track faculty—Jason O. Germany, Aaron Flint Jamison, Adair Rounthwaite, and Michael Swaine—have been busy with developing their courses along with activities outside the classroom. Read more.

2016 Graduation Exhibitions

April 27 – May 7 | 3D4M: ceramics + glass + sculpture
Jacob Lawrence Gallery
Next exhibition opens May 10. Read more.

Graduation Celebration 2016

Saturday, June 11, 9-11am
Meany Hall
Tickets required; read more

Apr 2016 – Director’s Notes

April is upon us, mid-terms are around the corner, and we are now well into the final quarter of the year with spring break fading in our memories. Window shades filter the welcome sunshine as I glance up to view the Quad that is abuzz with activity now that the leaves on the cherry trees have overtaken another spectacular bloom… Read more.

Design Beyond the Classroom

UPDATE: The Royalty Research Fund project led by Professors Karen Cheng and Kristine Matthews has progressed well. UW News published an article about the project, with links to video and an image gallery, on April 20, 2016.

2016 Design Career Fair

Friday, April 1, 2-5pm
The Division of Design invites employers to participate in this year’s fair. Registration begins on February 1. Read more

Alumni News – February 2016

A listing of alumni news as posted to our social media outlets during February. Read more.