At Flatiron School, our mission has always been to enable the pursuit of a better life through education. While we’ve built our curriculum to offer courses in software engineering and data science, our vision has never been limited to coding education. The careers of the future are rooted in creativity, and design has become a critical skill for many of today’s most in-demand jobs. As we continue to grow our mission, it’s important that we look for innovative ways to help more people access the skills they need to do what they love.


With that, we’re thrilled to announce our acquisition of Designation, the world’s largest dedicated User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) digital design program.


Founded in 2014, Designation has developed innovative course programming and helped hundreds of graduates find work as UI and UX designers at today’s top companies, including Facebook, Allstate, and Capital One. Now that digital designers are as in-demand as software engineers, Designation and Flatiron School are poised to help more people get the rigorous training and career development support needed to be successful in digital design.


“Designation and Flatiron School share the same core values and approach to education,” said Flatiron School Co-Founder and CEO Adam Enbar. “Our programs combine technology and community to help students learn no matter their background or prior education. Together, we can help more people build the lives they love through these in-demand careers.”


Since 2012, Flatiron School has developed industry-leading software engineering and data science courses anchored in intensive career coaching and job placement support. With Designation, Flatiron School will create more pathways to UI and UX design education and positively impact more lives.

“Good design blends communication with creativity, skills that are needed across industries but are often hard to find. Designation and Flatiron School understand how to break down process-oriented subjects like UX/UI design so that anyone with drive and commitment can learn and be successful.”

Avi Flombaum

Avi Flombaum

Co-Founder & Dean

The acquisition of Designation further highlights Flatiron School’s natural synergy with WeWork, which acquired Flatiron School in 2017. In 2018, Designation made its home at WeWork State Street in Chicago. And, like Flatiron School, Designation believes in WeWork’s mission of helping people do what they love.


“From the beginning, we’ve based the Designation experience and culture on preparing designers for a lifetime of learning,” said Designation Co-Founder and CEO Aaron Fazulak. “We’re fully aligned with Flatiron School’s student-first approach to education and WeWork’s values of community, collaboration, and relentless forward motion. We’re excited for this next chapter.”


We’re thrilled to welcome Designation staff and students to the Flatiron School family, and look forward to empowering more students to do what they love together.

You've got questions, and we've got answers

  • Why is Flatiron School acquiring Designation?

    Designation is one of the leading digital design programs in the world and we are thrilled to have them join the Flatiron School family. Their curriculum is fully-aligned with our academic standards and they share our core values: to deliver a transformative educational experience that changes lives and careers for the better.

  • Why is Flatiron School interested in UX and UI design?

    Good design blends communication with creativity, skills that are in demand across industries but often hard to find. Designation and Flatiron School understand how to break down process-oriented subjects like UX and UI design to create a holistic learning experience that builds students’ technical skills while preparing them for successful careers. Our mission is to enable the pursuit of a better life through education, and the more pathways to UX and UI design education we can create the more lives we can positively impact.

  • How does this impact currently enrolled Designation students?

    Nothing will change for Designation’s designers. All current and prospective designers will follow the same Designation admission and course structure.

  • When is this offering going to be available to other Flatiron School campuses and online?

    And will WeWork members have special access to Designation courses in the future?

    We look forward to expanding design as a course offering. We’ll share more information about expansion plans in the future.