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NYCEDC Announces NYCxDESIGN 2018 Dates

Jul 26 2017

New York City’s celebration of global design will run from May 11-23, 2018

Nearly 350,000 attendees participated in NYCxDESIGN 2017 events

NEW YORK, NYNew York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced that its sixth annual NYCxDESIGN celebration will run from May 11–23, 2018. The citywide celebration of global design unites culture, education, and entertainment with a wide array of programming, including exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, open studios, and more.

Since its founding, New York City’s official design week has united New Yorkers, students, emerging talent, and industry leaders in exploring and amplifying the power of design. Next year’s NYCxDESIGN celebration will be sure to spotlight the city’s most innovative and exceptional designers while continuing to drive economic activity within the five boroughs,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett.

NYCxDESIGN 2017 hosted nearly 350,000 visitors from across the country and around the world, including over 110,000 new visitors. Attendees supported hundreds of events throughout the five boroughs, such as the Design Pavilion in Times Square and the second annual NYCxDESIGN Awards, contributing more than $54 million to New York City’s gross city product. Nearly 600 full-time and 2,040 part-time employees were hired to support more than 400 NYCxDESIGN events.

“Times Square looks forward to topping last year’s success as a hub for NYCxDESIGN and the Design Pavilion, bringing design talent from around the world to over 400,000 visitors a day at the Crossroads of the World,” said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance.

"Both the Fashion Institute of Technology and The Museum at FIT (MFIT) were thrilled to participate in—as well as present—numerous and varied programs as part of NYCxDESIGN 2017, notably the illuminating MFIT exhibition Black Fashion Designers, the School of Art & Design's Graduating Student Exhibition, NYC Design Talks, and the highly successful SHOWCASE: A Student Design Showcase Night, featuring student presentations from the five leading design schools," said Joanne Arbuckle, deputy to the president for Industry Partnerships and Collaborative Programs. "This was an extraordinary opportunity to support a citywide celebration of design, and we look forward to next year."

“Each year, NYCxDESIGN becomes larger, more compelling, and more inclusive of all the various facets of innovation and creativity that make New York City the most important design center in the world. At ICFF, we see attendance continue to swell as thousands of new design enthusiasts from all over North America and the world join in this exciting citywide celebration. In 2018, ICFF will host two new major features from Europe that are sure to add to all the already brilliant global attraction that NYCxDESIGN has become,” added Kevin O’Keefe, ICFF Event Director.

The second annual NYCxDESIGN Awards, presented by Interior Design magazine and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), consisted of companies and design leaders who excelled in design fields, such as urban design, fashion, architecture, technology, public space projects, and more. Click here for a list of this year’s winners.

New York City is home to over 7,756 design establishments and 52,500 practicing designers, making it one of the largest design hubs in the country and the world. On average, those employed in the design sector earned $103,750 a year, which indicates substantial opportunities for income mobility. New York City is also home to ten prominent design and architecture schools and graduates twice as many design and architecture students than any other city in the US.

Missed NYCxDESIGN 2017? Check out this video for highlights from this year’s celebration. To learn more about NYCxDESIGN and how you can be part of the action, visit

New York City Economic Development Corporation creates shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and creating good jobs. NYCEDC works with and for communities to provide them with the resources they need to thrive, and we invest in projects that increase sustainability, support job growth, develop talent, and spark innovation to strengthen the City’s competitive advantage. To learn more about our work and initiatives, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.