When designers work in front of a live audience, there is no hiding. Skill and talent aren't veiled by online interactions. Design Battle is the junior creative's turn to step up, the senior designer's test of time, and the unicorn's chance to put their money where their mouth is. Four timed rounds of elimination will determine the victor.

What was once an event for students has evolved into a night of competition for professional designers, but few things have changed. The judging panels feature industry leaders from product teams to international agencies. Creative badassery is rewarded with prizes from local sponsors and community supporters.

Let's level the playing field for a night by showcasing raw talent. Whatever your level of participation, come out to witness the fight for only title that matters - the winner of Design Battle Royale 2014.



Chris is a Brand Strategist & Designer at Brave UX in DC. He was born and raised in New Hampshire and graduated from the University of Maryland. He considers himself an entrepreneur despite losing the fifth-grade spelling bee on the word “entrepreneur."


Matt is the Art Director of Digital Media at Marvel Entertainment - yep, that Marvel Entertainment. When he isn't helping save the universe through awesomely designed digital products, he’s probably with friends enjoying a great meal paired with an even better drink.


Ramla is a Designer at Vox Media most recently on SB Nation. She focuses on product and experiences, and tends to judge athletes on their ability to keep a straight face in a photo, before actual talent and skill. She’s a strong advocate for diversity in tech, in all areas, and confesses she buys more books than she could ever read.


With a decade of professional experience on the web, Jim has a deep passion for visual design, user experience design, and front-end development. He likes Arsenal, bicycles and tries not to tweet every five seconds.


Director of Vimeo's all-star design team. Hair model. Maintaining brand and UX vision while shaping the future of Vimeo. Passionate about usability, simplicity, typography, television, and tuxedo cats.


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July 18th, 7PM - 12AM

Beats by DJ Mark Maskell. Drinks served by Frank Manganello of Pearl Dive.



Felix Gilbert is a Graphic/Web Designer/Creative Director based in the Washington D.C. Metro Area (DMV). Much of Felix’s work has been with his company XCell where he has served as Creative Director.Currently he is working as a Web Designer for the Army. When Felix is not designing he can be found spending time with his beautiful wife Ashley, and his three kids (Jeremiah, Isreal, & Jazmyne).


Joseph is a crazy but likable artist who designs at Viget, shoots film at Spare Tire Productions, and draws monsters at night. When he touches fire, the fire gets burnt. #TDFW"


Raksa Yin is a multidisciplinary designer in Washington, DC. He recently graduated from Corcoran College of Art + Design in Graphic Design. Now, he is a Print + Interactive Design intern at Grafik in Alexandria, VA. Beside being a design-lover, he enjoys making experimental ambient music and criticizing so-called Philly cheesesteak from DC sandwich joints.


Ayn is a multidisciplinary designer, currently concocting products and packaging for the products of ThinkGeek. Growing up as an identical twin has given her a creative and competitive spirit, and she's looking forward to the challenge!


Chris Desrocher is a web designer for the Veterans Health Administration. He holds a master's degree in trombone performance from Berklee College of Music and is considered an expert in Disney princess mythology.