As an annual event celebrating the many layers of design in the city, Design Week Portland brings together makers, designers and a community of creative individuals to start conversations, increase awareness, and serve as a catalyst for new ideas. Spread over the course of a week, this wide-ranging conference includes lectures and happenings as well as open houses at some of the leading design firms in Portland. Not strictly limited to one mode, DWP has events in disciplines ranging from graphic design to illustration and fashion to architecture. The 2017 festival runs from April 21–29 throughout Portland.
2017 Design Week Portland events
This year’s headquarters, the Redd, is a historic industrial building revamped by Ecotrust to serve as a unique hub for supporting Portland’s food economy. In addition to the opening party on April 22, visitors can explore the design concept of Portland’s future Green Loop, a pedestrian and bike path.
Located in historic Washington High’s Revolution Hall, the Main Stage is the catalyst for Design Week Portland. The Main Stage festivities include presentations from 24 designers, thinkers, creatives and leaders on the power of design in our changing political and social climate.
Over 100 different studios, retail spaces and agencies will take part in Design Week Portland by hosting open house events during the run of the festival. Each day focuses on a different geographic region of Portland so visitors don’t have to spend time driving when they’d otherwise be chatting up industry professionals. Participants can take advantage of this exclusive inside peek at the home bases of some of Portland’s brightest creative ventures.
A dizzying collection of speakers, workshops, screenings, exhibits, parties, panels, auctions, happenings and shows round out Design Week Portland’s offerings. The Letterpress Printers Fair (April 23) will include hands-on printing demonstrations, and the Portland Indie Game Squad and Patreon will host Drink N’ Draw (April 28) for artists and game developers.