Mark your calendars, design fans! In keeping with its other efforts to promote local goods and services, New York City recently announced the first ever “NYCxDESIGN” (NYC by Design) city-wide event to showcase design from all around the five boroughs. The 12-day celebration of NY-designed products, art, crafts, clothing, graphics and more will take place from May 10th through May 21st, and will continue to be an annual event aimed at spotlighting locally-made goods as a way to grow the NYC economy.

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NYCxDESIGN will help demonstrate that New York City is the design capital of the world,” said Speaker Christine C. Quinn of the event. “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.”

New York has long been an epicenter for design, with 33 percent more design firms than Los Angeles, the next closet city (according to the Center for an Urban Future). The city also hosts New York Design week every May, but NYCxDESIGN seeks to create awareness specifically for local designers and products and ultimately to attract even more designers and manufacturers to the city.

All types of designs are welcome to participate – from architecture, graphic design, fashion design, product design and manufacturing, industrial design, interior design, interaction design, landscape design and more. If you’re a designer interested in taking part, please visit the NYCxDESIGN website to register and stay tuned for a more detailed calendar of events that will take place during this exciting 12-day, multi-event showcase!