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Our mission is to advance the field of design through research, practice, and education. We enable the creation of innovative products, services, and communications that address society’s most pressing issues, including environmental sustainability, access to education, access to effective and affordable healthcare, and economic and social justice. Our programs promote a collaborative, diverse, and pragmatic approach to design that prepares our students to thrive and lead in a world of rapid technological and cultural change and imagine the world from the perspective of others.

We offer a Bachelor of Design (BDes) degree in the following majors: Industrial DesignInteraction Design, and Visual Communication Design. At the graduate level, a Masters of Design (MDes) degree is available.

View examples of work by our recent graduates:

Student Work

  • Poster for font adjacent to sign that inspired it
    Breuer Sans Typeface. Designed by Ashten Alexander, Sakura Chino, Vera Drapers, and Alan Enriquez. Based on a sign at the Seattle Waterfront Park.
  • Wall graphic with images and text representing National Gallery Singapore
    National Gallery Singapore Rebrand. Designed by Evita Wijaya.
  • Table and three stools
    Variable Objects. Designed by Eric Nakassa. A modular furniture system catering to environmentally conscious apartment dwellers with limited space and an interest in maker culture.
  • Card deck case and a few cards
    Disability Justice for Urban Planners and Designers card deck. Created by Olivia Quesada. This card deck educates professionals on creating accessible spaces for disabled folk.
  • NED (Not Entirely Dead) thesis installation at Henry Art Gallery
    NED — Not Entirely Dead. Created by MDes student Eason Yang. NED is a social enterprise championing young adult cancer survivors in the workplace.

Recent Design News

Polyphonic
The MDes thesis project of alum Claire Weizenegger (MDes 2023) on domestic voice assistants was selected for a Student Notable Speculative Design Award from Core77. Read more
UW Design Show 2024 Website
The Division of Design launched the 2024 Design Show website featuring the Bachelor of Design (BDes) capstone projects and Master of Design (MDes) thesis projects. Read more
Annabelle Gould
Gould begins her five-year Director appointment in July 2024 after a year of working as the Associate Director in tandem with Jamie Walker, who is stepping down from  Read more

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