Global Schools Directory

We’re excited to recommend our favourite design schools that we’re in paid partnerships with from around the globe for you to study at!

Shillington

Want to study graphic design but don’t want to waste 3 years of your life? As longtime friends of TDK, Shillington delivers the goods again and again — just check out the awesome graduates and teachers we’ve featured on the site over the years! Shillington moves fast and mentors students to work smart like industry designers—following clear design processes and meeting tight deadlines. Before long, you’ll be thinking like a designer and tackling creative briefs—experimenting with idea generation, jumping onto the computer and creating a polished portfolio you can be proud of. Choose between full-time (3 months—hard core, but get it DONE) and part-time (which we recommend—you can keep your day job, study two nights a week, have a beer afterwords and graduate at the end of the year into a brand new creative career).

Campuses: Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane, London/Manchester, New York

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Billy Blue

If you’re on the younger side of 21, and you’ve got some time up your sleeve, we’d recommend a degree at Billy Blue. BB Sydney has been ticking along for a looooooning time with some mega awesome grads – over 20 years! – and they’ve recently added some sexy new campuses to Brisbane and Melbourne, plus you’ve also got the chance to study online if that suits better!

Campuses: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Online

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JMC Academy

Why we recommend JMC; with 35 years of experience in education, the guys at JMC are taking upskilling with design thinking to the next level – everything to do with designing visual stories, creating digital interactions, and innovating spaces and experiences. Get your head around user-centred design and visual communication in an agency style set up to learn in. PLUS cross disciplinary collabs with students studying film & TV, sound, animation and music (your folio will be next level!) With guest lectures, industry events, and a 3 month internship within your 2 years of study, you’ll be connected to the industry before you even graduate! Did we mention the chance for a two week study tour to Japan? JAPAN! Too good.

Campuses: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

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Foundry

If you want to take your design education seriously – and get seriously inspired at the same time – then we’d recommend a Foundry Pathway, in beautiful Tasmania. Take two years to deep-dive into design while taking a creative retreat and earning a set of qualifications that represent you as a creative. Foundry is fast becoming the go-to for industry-relevant creative education in Australia, with its national guest speaker program, The Wild program, annual visits from global industry leaders and a growing international reputation. Studying in Tasmania also means the air is cleaner, the wilderness is closer and the design scene is booming. You can’t go wrong.

Campuses: Hobart, Launceston

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Pumphouse School

If you were going to pick your favourite local industry legends, throw them together and dream up some awesome courses, Newcastle’s Pumphouse School might be what you come up with. With courses like ‘Design Your Own Children’s Book’, ‘App Design’, ‘Brush Script Lettering’ or just ‘Adobe Basics’, each course is taught by awesome industry folk who know what it takes to get hired. This school is perfect for graduates wanting to specialise in a specific area – the train to Newcastle is worth every second!

Campuses: Newcastle (Australia)

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Institute of Code

Guys – Bali AND advancing your career? No brainer! IOC’s 10 day web develeopmetn bootcamp will take you from little or no experience to creating your very own beautiful, responsive websites, learning how to use HTML, CSS and Javascript to design, create and build websites from scratch. There is no prior experience or skills required before joining this bootcamp. Would suit a freelance creative, entrepreneur, business owner or marketer. They alos offer a sweet 10 day Socail Media and Content Marketing bootcamp for those keen on becoming a successful social media manager or influencer from experts in the field. Sign up for both we say!

Campuses: Campuses: Bali, Indonesia

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Global Schools Directory

We’re excited to recommend our favourite design schools that we’re in paid partnerships with from around the globe for you to study at!

Shillington

Want to study graphic design but don’t want to waste 3 years of your life? As longtime friends of TDK, Shillington delivers the goods again and again — just check out the awesome graduates and teachers we’ve featured on the site over the years! Shillington moves fast and mentors students to work smart like industry designers—following clear design processes and meeting tight deadlines. Before long, you’ll be thinking like a designer and tackling creative briefs—experimenting with idea generation, jumping onto the computer and creating a polished portfolio you can be proud of. Choose between full-time (3 months—hard core, but get it DONE) and part-time (which we recommend—you can keep your day job, study two nights a week, have a beer afterwords and graduate at the end of the year into a brand new creative career).

Campuses: Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane, London/Manchester, New York

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Billy Blue

If you’re on the younger side of 21, and you’ve got some time up your sleeve, we’d recommend a degree at Billy Blue. BB Sydney has been ticking along for a looooooning time with some mega awesome grads – over 20 years! – and they’ve recently added some sexy new campuses to Brisbane and Melbourne, plus you’ve also got the chance to study online if that suits better!

Campuses: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Online

Read More

JMC Academy

Why we recommend JMC; with 35 years of experience in education, the guys at JMC are taking upskilling with design thinking to the next level – everything to do with designing visual stories, creating digital interactions, and innovating spaces and experiences. Get your head around user-centred design and visual communication in an agency style set up to learn in. PLUS cross disciplinary collabs with students studying film & TV, sound, animation and music (your folio will be next level!) With guest lectures, industry events, and a 3 month internship within your 2 years of study, you’ll be connected to the industry before you even graduate! Did we mention the chance for a two week study tour to Japan? JAPAN! Too good.

Campuses: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

Read More

Foundry

If you want to take your design education seriously – and get seriously inspired at the same time – then we’d recommend a Foundry Pathway, in beautiful Tasmania. Take two years to deep-dive into design while taking a creative retreat and earning a set of qualifications that represent you as a creative. Foundry is fast becoming the go-to for industry-relevant creative education in Australia, with its national guest speaker program, The Wild program, annual visits from global industry leaders and a growing international reputation. Studying in Tasmania also means the air is cleaner, the wilderness is closer and the design scene is booming. You can’t go wrong.

Campuses: Hobart, Launceston

Read More

Pumphouse School

If you were going to pick your favourite local industry legends, throw them together and dream up some awesome courses, Newcastle’s Pumphouse School might be what you come up with. With courses like ‘Design Your Own Children’s Book’, ‘App Design’, ‘Brush Script Lettering’ or just ‘Adobe Basics’, each course is taught by awesome industry folk who know what it takes to get hired. This school is perfect for graduates wanting to specialise in a specific area – the train to Newcastle is worth every second!

Campuses: Newcastle (Australia)

Read More

Institute of Code

Guys – Bali AND advancing your career? No brainer! IOC’s 10 day web develeopmetn bootcamp will take you from little or no experience to creating your very own beautiful, responsive websites, learning how to use HTML, CSS and Javascript to design, create and build websites from scratch. There is no prior experience or skills required before joining this bootcamp. Would suit a freelance creative, entrepreneur, business owner or marketer. They alos offer a sweet 10 day Socail Media and Content Marketing bootcamp for those keen on becoming a successful social media manager or influencer from experts in the field. Sign up for both we say!

Campuses: Campuses: Bali, Indonesia

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San Francisco Design Directory

We asked our community and we’ve collated a big list of everyone doing awesome stuff in San Francisco. Be sure to check them all out!

San Francisco Design Directory

We asked our community and we’ve collated a big list of everyone doing awesome stuff in San Francisco. Be sure to check them all out!

Schools, Colleges and Universities

Academy of Art: Website

Cal Arts (California Institute of the Arts): Website / Twitter / Instagram

California College of the Arts: Website / Twitter / Instagram

Dominican University of California: Website / Twitter / Instagram

San Francisco Art Institute: Website

University of San Francisco: Website / Twitter / Instagram

Design Studios

Airlift: TDK Interview / Website / Twitter / Instagram

Ammunition: Website

Barbarian Group: Website

Brick: Website

Camp/King: Website

Casey Martin: TDK Interview / Website / Twitter / Instagram

Character: Website

Chen Design: Website

Collins: TDK Interview / Website / Twitter / Instagram

Design Studio: TDK Interview / Website / Twitter

Frog Design: Website

From the desk of.co: TDK Interview / Website / Instagram

fuseproject: TDK Interview / Website / Twitter / Instagram

Ghost: Website / Instagram

Hatch: Website

Huge: Website

Hybrid Design: Website

IDEO: Website / Twitter / Instagram

Juxt.com: Website

Landor SF: Website

Landscape: TDK Interview / Website / Twitter / Instagram

Manual: Website / Twitter

Maths Times Joy: TDK Interview / Website / Twitter / Instagram

Meta Design: Website

Method: Website

Mine SF: Website

Moniker: Website / Twitter / Instagram

Moving Brands: Website

Odopod, now owned by Nurun: Website / Instagram

Office : Website

Pen Pencil Stencil (Oakland): Website / Twitter / Instagram

Pentagram: Website

R/GA: Website

Stout : Website

Strohl SF: Website / Twitter

Sunset City: Website

Tank Design: Website

The Analog Research Lab (Facebook): TDK Interview / Website / Twitter / Instagram

The Department : Website / Twitter / Instagram

Turner Duckworth: Website / Twitter / Instagram

Volume: Website

Weightshift: Website

WeLoveNoise: TDK Interview / Website / Twitter

Wolff Olins SF: Website

Galleries and Event Spaces

Cult Aimee Friberg Exhibitions: Website

de Young Museum: Website / Twitter / Instagram

Needles & Pens: Website / Twitter / Instagram

One Grand Gallery: Website

White Walls: Website / Twitter / Instagram

Illustrators

Jen Vaugh: Website / Twitter / Instagram

Jet Martinez: TDK Interview / Website / Instagram

John Patrick Thomas (Oakland): Website / Twitter / Instagram

Meredith Schomburg: TDK Interview / Website / Instagram

Organisations We Love

AIGA San Francisco: Website

Creative Mornings Oakland: Website / Twitter / Instagram

Creative Mornings San Francisco: Website / Twitter / Instagram

Do Lectures (September): Website / Twitter / Instagram

SF Design Week (June): Website / Twitter / Instagram

Typographers

Erik Marinovich: Website / Twitter / Instagram

Heather Hardison: TDK Interview / Website / Instagram

Jessica Hische: Website / Twitter / Instagram

Letterform Archive: Website

Nicole Lavelle: Website / Twitter / Instagram

PSYOPS: Website

Workshops

Alphabetic Order (type): Website

Open Studios Sept/Oct: Website

Design Studios (inhouse)

Airbnb: TDK Interview / Website

Apple: Website

Campaign Monitor: Website

Facebook: Website

Google: Website

Pinterest: Website

ThoughtWorks: Website

Twitter: Website

Youtube: Website

Jobs

Glass Door: Website

Indeed: Website

Would You Like To Be Added Or Removed?

This is our list of people we think are great. If you would like to ADD your studio or company, we’d love to hear from you. On the flipside, if you feel uncomfortable, and would like your studio or company REMOVED, please also reach out. This list is not sponsored, and is purely a collection of humans we think are doing amazing things within the industry.:

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