For the first time in its history, New York City will have an annual city-wide public design event, NYCxDESIGN (NYC by Design), which will be held May 10-21. The event was conceived by the City Council as a way to leverage the design industry’s enormous potential for economic growth, and is being produced in conjunction with a prestigious steering committee* including Jim Druckman (NYDC), Paola Antonelli (MoMA), Bradford Shellhammer (FAB.com), David Stark, among others.
New York City is home to 33% more design firms than Los Angeles, the next closest city, according to the Center for an Urban Future. NYCxDESIGN seeks to drive economic development through the attraction of even more designers and manufacturers to the city, generate new sales and export opportunities for local designers and increase design-based tourism by industry professionals and design-conscious consumers.
"NYCxDESIGN will help demonstrate that New York City is the design capital of the world,” said City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “All five boroughs are home to a staggering amount of design talent in a wide range of disciplines, and this inaugural, city-wide event will help harness this potential and turn it into a tool for economic growth. I’m thrilled to provide the necessary platform to showcase both emerging and established designers as well as design schools and institutions and look forward to celebrating local design this May.”
NYCxDESIGN will showcase the City’s most renowned design institutions, retailers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, curators, educators, editors, and of course designers. The event will create a platform for cultural and commercial opportunities to elevate established and emerging design practices, and to increase awareness of and appreciation for design by all audiences through events such as exhibitions, trade shows, installations, talks, launches, and open studios. The event capitalizes on the City’s strong and diverse design industry and aims to strengthen and grow this sector of the local economy.
*NYCxDESIGN Steering Committee Members include:
Paola Antonelli, Museum of Modern Art, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture & Design
Caroline Baumann, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Acting Director
Rick Bell, American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter Executive Director
Scott Belsky, Behance LLC, Chief Executive Officer
David Burney, NYC Department of Design and Construction, Commissioner
Keri Butler, Public Design Commission of the City of New York
Susan Chin, Design Trust for Public Space, Executive Director
Allan Chochinov, Core77, Inc. Editor-in-Chief, Core77
Miquela Craytor, NYC Economic Development Corporation, Vice President, Industrial Initiatives
Chad Dickerson, Etsy, Inc., CEO
James Druckman, New York Design Center, President & CEO
Wendy Feuer, NYC Department of Transportation, Assistant Commissioner for Urban Design & Art
Rosalie Genevro, Architectural League of New York, Executive Director
Abe Gurko, Abe NYC, Inc., Principal
Chris Hacker, Johnson & Johnson, Chief Design Officer
Rachel Haot, NYC Digital, Chief Digital Officer
Holly Hotchner, Museum of Arts and Design, Director
Karen Koslowitz, New York City Council City, Council Member
Kate D. Levin, Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner
Fern Mallis, Fern Mallis, LLC, President
Kiel Mead, American Design Club, Principal
Michelle Mullineaux, DesigNYC, Co-Founder
Elizabeth O'Donnell, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, Associate Dean
Eddie Opara, Pentagram, Design Partner
Leighton Pierce, Pratt Institute, School of Art & Design, Acting Dean
Christine C. Quinn, New York City Council, Speaker
Ed Schlossberg, ESI Design, President & CEO
Bradford Shellhammer, Fab.com, Founder & Chief Design Officer
David Stark, David Stark Design and Production, President and Creative Director
Robert Steel, NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
Kara Tobin, Tobin and Tucker, Principal
Joel Towers, Parsons The New School For Design, Dean
Willy Wong, NYC & Company, Chief Creative Officer and AIGA/NY President
Members of the design community interested in participating should register their event at www.nycxdesign.com.
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