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Design Lab K-12

Students design together on field trip

Aug 11, 2021

The K-12 Digital Design Lab: Thriving Through Adaptation

Design Lab’s field trip program is often considered a first step into design professions for many students in North Carolina. Students are exposed to more development opportunities through its Design Camp and its complementary program, the Digital Design Lab. 

Design Camp in a Box

Jun 21, 2021

Can You Teach Design From a Box? Design Lab Thinks So.

The Design Lab plans to offer two Digital Design Camps this summer. One week of Design Foundations for middle school students and one week of Design Explorations for high school students. This program will be an intensive, pre-college experience that introduces students to the fundamentals of design and the process of creating portfolio quality projects in a virtual studio environment. 

Jan 13, 2020

Design Camp Reflections: Skyler Bolyard

Design Camp Reflections: Skyler Bolyard Before taking off for Prague, Skyler took a moment to reflect on her time working with the Design Lab this past year. The following is a blog post she wrote about her experience. Many thanks to Skyler, and all the best wishes for a great time in the Czech Republic!… 

Hal Meeks

Oct 22, 2019

Hal Meeks Leads Students to Explore Animation Through Design Camp

By Stuart Hall For as long as Hal Meeks can recall, he’s had a passion to tinker. “I was doing a lot of things that you’re supposed to do as a designer,” said Meeks, 60, whose father was an engineer and mother was an avid painter. “I got it from them and I always making… 

Ben Markoch [GD ’16] and Sunny Su [ID ’16]

Feb 14, 2019

Alumni Think Outside Traditional Design Firm Model

Alumni, Ben Markoch [GD ’16] and Sunny Su [ID ’16] use what they learned at NC State Design to build an innovative design studio that has a unique way of solving problems. 

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Dec 17, 2018

A Winning Start

Chris Williams [BID ’17] recently won a footwear design apprenticeship with Adidas by competing and being one of the winners in the international Adidas Design Academy competition. 

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Nov 30, 2018

Design Camp and TRIO Team up to Offer New Opportunities

NC State Design Lab partnered with TRIO to provide two high school students the opportunity to attend Design Camp and get exposure to the value of design and the types of career paths that are right for them. 

Impacting Ed2

Nov 16, 2018

Impacting Education with Design Thinking

Lesley Ann Noel (PhD '18) wants to leverage her design research to transform the way elementary schools educate their students. 


Jul 11, 2018

Summer Camps Spark Lasting Interest

Many high schoolers who attend summer programs at NC State find the experience so engrossing that they decide to join the Wolfpack after graduation. 

Multicultural Design Student Association

Mar 12, 2018

Diversity in Design

The Multicultural Design Student Association (MDSA) works to bring an understanding of different cultures to all, and encourages comradery and listening to someone with a different world view than your own. 

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Jul 5, 2017

Aspiring Designers Share a Dream

The Marvin and Cindy Malecha Dream Scholarship is intended to assist K-12 students who want to experience Design Camp but might not be able to afford it. Students recipients arrive with the confidence of knowing that NC State Design believe in their talents. 


Oct 24, 2016

Discovering Opportunities

Amanda Crawford discovered her passion for industrial design through her experience with Design Camp. She is now pursuing her dreams with support from the Caldwell Fellowship and the Stephen H. Robertson Endowed Scholarship. 

Design Camp

Jul 8, 2016

Beyond their Wildest Dreams

NC State College of Design's Design Lab offers immersive summer programs for middle and high school students who want to experience the many facets of design. 

Design Camp

Jun 22, 2016

The Design Camp Experience

NC State College of Design's Design Lab offers immersive hands-on learning for middle and high school students during the summer, who want to be exposed to design. 


May 20, 2016

Interning with Design Lab for K-12 Education

Alex Kenneke shares how his time interning with Design Lab K-12 helped him to develop skills that he can carry forward into the future. 

Allison K_MGD

Mar 30, 2016

The Importance of Design

Allison McCulloh Karas understands how to approach a design problem, which is one of the reasons she is pursuing her master’s in graphic design at the College of Design 

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Dec 14, 2015

Why Should Designers Care About Empathy?

Empathy is instrumental in achieving our goal as designers, which is to improve people’s quality of life. This is achieved through responding to their situation by creating solutions that resonate with their unique realities.