What is The Design Kids?

TDK (The Design Kids) is a global online resource and local offline communities around the world, for thousands of student and graduate graphic designers. We aim to educate, inspire and connect you to the design industry.

The easiest way to get a design job!

Research wise, TDK has interviews from all over the globe, from industry experts to young guns that are killing it, to get you inspired about your local and global design community. We have the latest work coming from industry, showing what standard your work must be at to get a job, suggested blogs to read if you were going to move to a new city and a large directory list filled with local talent, all so you can better understand the major players in your design community.

Community wise, if you don’t know anyone yet, you should! We have a TDK City Host in each city, who runs our monthly design meet-up #TDKtuesdays (hosted on the first Tuesday of the month). Feel free to reach out to them on our FB groups and buy them a beer or coffee if you’re new to town! They also work hard to curate exhibitions and events, conferences and workshops that are in your city on the TDK events calendar. If your city doesn’t have a #TDKtuesdays City Host you can apply here.

Jobs wise, we recommend leaving this til last. Figure out everything above and it will be waaaaay easier! We have job and internship listings for every city – if you’re looking for a new position locally,, freelance work remotely, or volunteer work to boost your folio, check it out. If you’re struggling to land a job or freaking out at the prospect of graduating, we run our #TDKgetmeajob courses; as a one day workshop ($65), as a 4 days retreat somewhere exotic ($950 upwards) and an online option ($39). We also have our annual TDK Awards, celebrating the best new talent each year, which is free to enter and gives you massive exposure.

How do we build communities?

Simple – by visiting each city and meeting all the humans involved. We believe you can't build communities by sitting behind your desk a thousand miles away! Our director, Frankie Ratford, has been on a 6 year roadtrip building TDK internationally 2013-2018.
Australia (2013-2014)
NZ (2015)
NZ Hitch hiking sign competition (2015)
USA (2015-2016)
Canada (2016)
Europe (2017)
Africa (2018)
Middle East (2018)
Central & South America (2018)
Asia (2018)

This is her last year on the road, so if you live in the Middle East, Africa, Central America, South America or Asia, please get in touch here. If you would like to be featured, you want @frankieratford to come and give a talk at your school, you want to offer your spare room for the night or simply meet up for a coffee, just pop your details in this link. SO excited to be meeting you all!

Contact Us

Checkout our FAQ's below just incase we have already answered your question.

For everything else, please send us an email to the relevant country / area that applies to you below.


Want to be featured?

If you’re a student or grad, please tag your work on Instagram @thedesignkids and #TDKpeepshow – we pick one a day to feature. If you’re a professional, please just pop your details in here. We review this monthly for a full TDK interview on the site, and update our directories from our interview list.

Want us to promote your event?

We’re a huge fan of sharing the love, so yes, if its design related we’d love to share it!

1. Website – go to the events page and submit your own, we approve them every 24 hours. If you make a mistake, simply go you your profile and select your event to edit the content. Please don’t email us! These pull onto our fortnightly newsletters and sometimes we feature them on our socials if there’s room.
2. Facebook city group – we have a facebook group for each city we’ve built a TDK community in – so please add it in there too – its more instant and great for the community locally. Search The Design Kids ‘Your City’ on Facebook, or visit your city page and click the #TDKtuesdays button.

You want to advertise a job?

Advertise a design position, internship or freelance work on our site: Apply your position here, and we will feature you on our site for 3 weeks, with an option to feature it across all of our social media channels too.

Want to sponsor TDK?

Send us an email at [email protected] — we would love to chat!

You want to be a City Host?

Yay! We also love you already. You can fill in your details here!


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