Periodically the UW Design Division conducts a survey of our alumni from the programs of Visual Communication Design, Industrial Design, and Interaction Design. The 2014–2017 survey of B.Design alumni from Industrial Design was conducted online and received a 97% response rate (67 out of 69 graduates). If we were unable to contact you, please get in touch—we would love to include your data.

UW ID Student Statistics

Class Size

Over the past seven years, the average size of the graduating class in ID has been 17 students. Grey bars indicate student attrition.

Gender Ratios

Over the past seven years, the ID program has been 56% female and 44% male.

Average Age at Graduation

The average age of ID students at graduation is 25. This average has trended downward as more native freshmen are recruited into design.

UW ID Alumni Statistics

Initial Employment
After Graduation

The first job after graduation is most likely to be full-time design employment (43%) or a design internship (25%).

Time Until Initial Employment

The majority (54%) of ID alumni find employment within one month after graduation; 40% of ID seniors secured employment during their senior year, before graduation.

Design Internships

On average, 38% of ID juniors had a design internship in the summer before or during their senior year.

Current Alumni Employment

Of 105 alumni, 84 are currently employed (three alumni are unemployed, and 18 could not be contacted).

Employment Types

Design employment occurs in corporate organizations (55%), design/ advertising/ marketing consultancies (13%), self-employment/ freelance (12%), and nonprofit organizations (4%).

ID Employers

The following corporations/organizations employed 2014–2017 ID graduates:

American Family Insurance (Madison, WI)
Axe Bat (Renton, WA)
Brenthaven (Renton, WA)
Deako Lighting (Seattle, WA)
Ergomotion (Santa Barbara, CA)
FATHOM (Seattle, WA)
Feetz Shoes (San Diego, CA)
Filson (Seattle, WA)
Fluke Corporation (Seattle, WA)
GAP Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Geekify Inc. (Lyons, CO)
Grace Harvest & Associates (Seattle, WA)
Initial Videos (Seattle, WA)
LightArt (Seattle, WA)
Marcus & Millichap (Seattle, WA)
Moment (Bellevue, WA)
OPPO (Seattle, WA)
Outdoor Research (Seattle, WA)
Picnic (Seattle, WA)
Prevolve (Seattle, WA)
Progressive (Athens, GA)
Reebok (Boston, MA)
Shape Custom Furniture (Los Angeles, CA)
Silverlined Apparel (Seattle, WA)
Techtronic Industries (Hong Kong)
Thread & Canvas Co. (Washington, DC)
Three by Three (Seattle, WA)
Trosvig Dental Lab (Mountlake Terrace, WA)
USBiotek Lab (Shoreline, WA)
Xinye Jiang NY (New York, NY)

Adobe (San Francisco, CA)
Affinity Influencing Systems (Kirkland, WA)
Amazon (Seattle, WA)
Crystal Commerce (Seattle, WA)
DocuSign (Seattle, WA)
Facebook (Seattle, WA)
Human, Inc. (Seattle, WA)
Immersed Games (Bloomington, IN)
Google (Seattle, WA)
Microsoft (Redmond, WA)
Locus Analytics (New York, NY)

AMP Agency (Seattle, WA)
Artefact (Seattle, WA)
Attic Studios (San Francisco, CA)
Bresslergroup (Seattle, WA)
BUiLT Design (Seattle, WA)
Extreme Arts + Science (Seattle, WA)
Lotus United (Seattle, WA)
Miller Made (Seattle, WA)
Studio Salty (Laguna Niguel, CA)
Tactile (Boston, MA)
Teague (Seattle, WA)
W.T Durant Design Construction (Irvine, CA)

Rescue: Freedom International (Seattle, WA)
University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

Location Before and After Graduation

The majority (75% = 50/67) of ID students come from Washington state. After graduation, approximately half of all alumni (66% = 43/65) remain in Washington, with 55% staying in Seattle. The largest groups of out-of-state alumni are in California (15%, primarily in San Francisco and Los Angeles), and New York City (6%).