Welcome to desigNYC’s 4th cycle of pro bono design service collaborations. Thank you for your interest in offering your services. To give you a sense of schedules, we plan to review applications in late fall, and shortlist possible projects and collaborators around the end of the year. Our goal is to notify everyone by end of December/early January 2013, if we have a project that matches your passion and expertise. You will be then invited to a kickoff session and training workshop to kick start your collaboration in late January/early February 2013.

Please note: desigNYC typically gives preference to design firms or sole practitioners rather than employees of firms that intend to work on projects in their spare time. Given the time commitment typically required by desigNYC, it is impossible to participate in a project in off hours. If you are applying as an on-staff individual at a firm, please be prepared to supply an official letter of support from your employer.

SUBMISSION

Deadline for submission is WED. NOVEMBER 14 at 12 midnight EST.

Please keep each response direct and to the point (under 150 words) to help our kind judges with the review process.

In addition to the application below, please submit a mini-portfolio in PDF form containing 4-6 pages highlighting recent related projects. We are looking for images/overviews that help us understand your design approach, expertise and capabilities. This information will help us make a better match. Please name your PDF portfolio: YourFirmName_folioDES2013.pdf

Send the PDF to: submissions@designyc.org with YourFirmName_folioDES2013.pdf in the subject line of your email.
Thank you!

  • Please tell us about your firm. How long have you been in operation? How many staff do you have?
  • What areas of design does your firm specialize in?
  •   Communications
      Built environments
  • Please provide a URL to an online portfolio. (In addition, as mentioned above, please submit a mini portfolio via PDF containing 4-6 pages highlighting recent related projects. We are looking for images/overviews that help us understand your design approach, expertise and capabilities. Name your PDF portfolio: YourFirmName_folioDES2013.pdf and send it to: submissions@designyc.org)
  • What kinds of issues and areas are you most interested in providing your design help for?
  • Please tell us why you are interested in donating pro bono design services through the desigNYC network. If you’ve previously participated in a pro bono project, tell us a bit about it.
  • We encourage our design partners to create a shared agreement with their nonprofit partner regarding the scope and schedule of their respective collaborations after kicking off their projects in 2013. Ideally, the projects need designers who are able to stay through implementation. In some cases, particularly for built environment projects, length of commitment and point of conclusion are challenging to determine, it will be up to each nonprofit and designer to agree on what constitutes project completion. desigNYC's promotional cycle includes public programs in late Spring and an exhibit in the Fall. Are you able to commit to a pro bono project with this type of timeframe? Please elaborate.
  • Please tell us why you are the right firm to collaborate with desigNYC and its nonprofit partners.
  • Please tell us how you learned about desigNYC and this opportunity.
  •   Press/blogs
      Twitter/social media
      Word of mouth/friends
      Design trade organization
      Other: please specify