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NYCxDESIGN Returns: May 3 - May 17


On May 3rd, 2016, NYCxDESIGN, New York City's official celebration of global design, returns for its fourth year. 

NYCxDESIGN was created in collaboration with the New York City Council in 2013 with a goal to showcase the important role that the design industry plays in the City’s economy, and to entice design enthusiasts from around the world to visit and explore NYC’s rich diversity of design offerings. Managed by NYC & Company and NYCEDC and informed by a Steering Committee composed of leaders from the City’s design industries, schools and museums, NYCxDESIGN continues to grow each year, generating new interest from attendees, exhibitors and the global design industry at large.

New York City is widely considered a global capital in many areas and industries – from finance and media, to education and culture.  Some of the world’s most innovative and prolific companies call NYC home, including more Fortune 500 companies than any other US City, as well as countless individuals who are drawn to the City to find success. The design industry – which includes fashion, landscape, graphic design, product design, architecture, interior design, and more – exemplifies the City’s global leadership position, as well its ability to provide a springboard for both companies and talented individuals.

As a platform for design businesses, New York City boasts nearly 4000 design firms1. As a draw for talented design practitioners, the New York area has more designers than any other metro area in the US, with over 44,240 practicing designers. The next largest pool of designers in the US is Los Angeles with 24,700, followed by Chicago with 17,1602. And these numbers have seen steady growth, with design employment growing 28% between 2004 and 20143. And when you consider that NYC has 10 prominent design and architecture schools and graduates twice as many design and architecture students as any other city in US4, and is home to more than 800 museums and galleries citywide5, it is clear that the industry will continue to flourish.

NYCxDESIGN will run from May 3 – 17, and will brings together culture, education, commerce and entertainment with a schedule that includes exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios, spanning all disciplines of design.

To learn more, visit

1. BLS, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (2014)

2. Center for Urban Future “New York’s Design Economy’, May 2014; Occupational Employment Survey (OES); Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2014. New York-White Plains-Wayne Metro Division.

3. BLS, Occupational Employment Survey (OES), 2004/2014. New York-White Plains-Wayne Metro Division

4. Center for Urban Future “Designing New York’s Future”, March 2012

5. New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (2014)




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