Young Alumni Club


Well, hello there! Have you heard of YA, the young design alumni club? Powered by BNO! This program has been created to kickstart the career of all design graduates in The Netherlands. Think life-saving tips&tricks, monthly meetings, the opportunity to present yourself at Dutch Design Week, or to become one of the 30 best design graduates in the coming issue of Dude Magazine.

Why YA?

Each year hundreds of designers graduate at Dutch design schools. They all can't wait to kickstart their career. But pretty much all of them have in common that they have no experience with the social and business sides of the design field. BNO takes the leap together with these designers to guide them through the first years after graduating. YA! offers information, knowledge, skills, a network and a stage so that they can develop themselves into a true professional.

During Dutch Design Week we are organising a big exhibition together with over 50 graduates. They are involved in every part of organising the event, from building the exhibition materials, to creating the visual identity and calling the speakers for the Evening Sessions. Design collective and graduates ZwartFrame are responsible for designing the space.

YA & Dutch Design Week

The participants of YA Present!

Here you can find a complete overview of the graduates participating in our exhibition + evening sessions in Club-C at Sectie-C.

The Dude YA Special!

The latest edition of Dude is now in stores! In this magazine you can find the YA Special!, in which a selection commission has selected their 30 favourite graduation projects. October 23rd we'll launch the latest Dude Magazine in Eindhoven!

The YA Evening Sessions

Every night from 18:30 - 20:00 we will invite big names from the design world to talk about subjects that will give designers tools to build on their career. Afterwards we will be open for drinks. You can find the events below.

Dude YA Special!

For the fourth year Dude Magazine publishes a graduate special. We actively ask graduates to submit their graduate project, after which a selection of former 'Dudes' will select their favourite 30. These will then be presented in the October issue of Dude Magazine. 

This year's selection committee consists of: ChloĆ© Rutzerveld (food design), Sanne Schenk (interior design), Joost Jansen (fashion design), Jeroen Barendse (digital design), Simone Post (product and textile design) and Gijs Kast (illustration). 

This new edition of Dude Magazine will be launched at our location at Dutch Design Week, during the evening of Tuesday the 23rd of October. Click on the event above for more information.

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YA's year program

YA Graduates:

We're visiting all the academies to meet the graduates, see their projects and invite them to join YA. 

June - July

YA Graduate Special &
YA Present! @ Dutch Design Week:

We will organise a full 9-day program during DDW, information can be found below. Also, a selection of Dudes will select their thirty favourite graduation projects which will be published in Dude Magazine.


YA Hello! 

Monthly meetings where we will discuss topics that can kickstart the careers of our YA-graduates. These will take place through out the country and are open for graduates that weren't part of the DDW program.

January - June next year

Applications are now closed!

Unfortunately you are too late to participate in the Dutch Design Week program or be featured in Dude Magazine. However, starting in January we are starting the YA Hello! program and as a (former) design graduate you are more than welcome to parttake. These monthly meetings will be organised through out the country and will touch on subjects focused to help you get that started in your design career.