Introducing DesignMil

Coming November 4, 2017

DesignMil is a design collaboration that connects nonprofits with designers in Milwaukee to add value and visibility to their cause.

On November 4th 2017, we’re hosting a 12-hour design event pairing creative professionals with nonprofits in the Milwaukee area to identify and create design solutions.

According to HOW Magazine, there are 1,600 designers working in the city. According to Spectrum Nonprofit Services, Milwaukee has nearly the same number of nonprofits.  Imagine what can happen when DesignMil takes that creative talent and mixes it with those nonprofit visionaries working tirelessly throughout Milwaukee.


Our Story

A seed of inspiration
After participating in Design Like Mad the past few years, Anthony Lauer knew the event should return to Milwaukee. He met two ambitious design students, Angela Ryan and Emily Adkins at an AIGA-WI Portfolio Review and asked to come together to start this amazing step forward into design for good. The team has grown to 14 individuals who are working hard to provide a great opportunity for nonprofits, designers, developers, strategists, students, and Milwaukee alike.

New name, new game
We felt our name needed to reflect the essence of our city. From the beginning, we knew we wanted to partner with Design Like Mad and continue to provide the existing program they have in place. However, we want to take DesignMil to the next level. Our inaugural event this Fall will be the beginning of something amazing in Milwaukee, WI. In the future, we hope to build DesignMil into a year-round resource for nonprofits who need help in their creative department.

Why DesignMil matters
DesignMil aims to create a stronger design community by connecting designers and nonprofits to collaborate for something that gives back and promotes social change. Everyone involved with DesignMil share common goals for the event: providing an opportunity for designers to gain valuable experience and for local, deserving organizations to gain a service they may not be able to afford otherwise. A positive way to connect designers to the community.


Our Team


Our Partners




This event is for you! You'll be connected with a team of creatives to help you elevate your identity, branding, or otherwise visual needs. Our nonprofit application is out now and you can find it on our website here.


Calling all designers, developers and strategists!! We need all the help we can get to do some pretty cool stuff for these nonprofits. Look for our creative application launching September 1st.

  • Designers (Graphic, UI/UX, Web, Motion)
  • Developers (CMS, Front-End, Back-End)
  • Strategists (Copywriters, Social/PR, Creative Direction)


DesignMil is a volunteer-driven event that relies entirely on the support of local businesses and communities to be a success.

To learn more about how you can support DesignMil, download our Sponsorship Packet (PDF). and contact us at

Anthony Lauer