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April 8–12, 2024


New Paltz Design Week features lectures, workshops, and events celebrating design across disciplines on campus and in the region, organized by the new Department of Design, including the Graphic Design Program and the Digital Design and Fabrication Program, and the School of Fine & Performing Arts with support from the Office of Campus Sustainability, the Office of Graduate Admissions, and the Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center.

Now in its 8th year, Design Week offers an exciting mix of lectures, workshops, and events.


Design Week 2024 branding by Elizabeth Blasco (BFA GD ’25)



Bob Usdin, CEO, ShowFab
Monday, April 8, 10am, SUB 62/63

Helene Lesterlin & Micah, Good Work Institute
Thursday, April 11, 11am, SUB 62/63

Christopher Sleboda and Kathleen Sleboda, Draw Down Books
Friday, April 12, 11am, SUB 62/63

All keynotes take place in Student Union Building 62/63. 

Read more about our Keynote Speakers and Schedule of Events.


Coffee & Covers
Tuesday, April 9, 2-3p
Lobby @ Sojourner Truth Library
BYFBC: Bring your favorite book cover! Chat about book covers over coffee (or favorite beverage) and check out "To Judge A Book By Its Cover", a senior thesis project by Ava Daly (BFA GD24) currently on exhibition in the Sojourner Truth Library display cases.

Portfolios & Pizza: Alumni Chat
Tuesday, April 9, 4-7p
Old Library Lobby and 103B
Join alumni from the BFA Graphic Design program who will share some of their own work and spend time talking about yours. Pizza!

Digital Design & Fabrication MA Program Open House
Wednesday, April 10, 1-3p
Digital Fabrication Lab / Smiley 100
What can you do with a Master of Arts in Digital Design & Fabrication? Meet faculty, students, and check out facilities during this open house event. Sponsored by the Graduate School at SUNY New Paltz

Dialogue with Keith Helmetag, C&G Partners
Wednesday, April 10, 3–5p
OLB Seminar Room 103E
Join Keith Helmetag, a founding member of C&G Partners, for a conversation on design practices and career paths in experiential design.   

Design Week Slide Slam 2024
Friday, April 12, 6:30-8:30pm, The Terrace
Short presentations by students, alumni, faculty, and designers in the region, MC'd by Prof. Aaron Nelson


Computational Vector Tracing, Letterpress Love, 3D Scanning, Just Transition, No Code Website Making, and so much more: check out our Design Week 2024 Workshops.


Help us keep Design Week free and open to the public and support expanded learning opportunities for our students. Learn about sponsorship opportunities and become a Friend of Design Week!


Follow the NP Graphic Design program: @npzdesign

Follow the Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center: @hvamc_npz 

Design Week 2024 at a Glance:

Monday April 8

KEYNOTE LECTURE: Bob Usdin, CEO, ShowFab, 10am

WORKSHOP: Mini Me Magnet with 3D Scanning + Printing
11a, Digital Fabrication Lab, SAB 100

Tuesday April 9

WORKSHOP: Computational Vector Tracing 
10a, Digital Fabrication Lab, SAB 100

SPECIAL EVENT: Covers and Coffee Chat, "To Judge a Book By Its Cover," exhibition by Ava Daly (BFA GD24) in Sojourner Truth Library Lobby, 2-3pm

WORKSHOP: Keychain Craze
3p, Digital Fabrication Lab, SAB 100

SPECIAL EVENT: Alumni Chat: Pizza & Portfolios
4-7p, Old Library 103B

Wednesday, April 10

WORKSHOP: Letterpress Love
10a, OLB Letterpress Studio

SPECIAL EVENT: Digital Design & Fabrication MA Open House, Free Pizza! 
1–3p, Digital Fabrication Lab, SAB 100

SPECIAL EVENT: Dialogue with Keith Helmetag, 3–5p, OLB Seminar Room

WORKSHOP: Undesign with Design Society
7p, OLB 103B


Thursday, April 11

KEYNOTE LECTURE: Hélene Lesterlin & Micah, Good Work Institute, 11-12p, SUB 62/63

WORKSHOP: Just Transition Primer w/ Good Work Institute
1-4pm OLB 103E

WORKSHOP: No Code, Open-Source Portfolio Site
6:30p, OLB 103B


Friday, April 12

KEYNOTE LECTURE: Christopher Sleboda and Kathleen Sleboda, Draw Down Books, 11a, SUB 62/63

WORKSHOP: Rock Workshop, Christopher Sleboda and Kathleen Sleboda
1-4pm, OLB 103E

6:30-8:30p, The College Terrace
with MC Prof. Aaron Nelson



Become a Friend of Design Week 2024!


Mika Busante '18

Debra J. Branitz '73

Casey Labatt-Simon '18

Shauna M. Keating '16

Kristoff Lalicki '18

Jacqueline B. McCullough '16

Brianna B. Rascoe '15