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 2016 festival ran from April 15–23 throughout Portland.
With a new installation and artist events happening in Pioneer Courthouse Square, Headquarters was the hub for all DWP-goers during the festival. Visitors stopped by from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. every day to catch up with colleagues or participate in workshops.
Located in historic Washington High’s Revolution Hall, the Main Stage was the catalyst for Design Week Portland. Kicking off with an opening party on April 16, the festivities continued with two days of independent programming and talks hosted by Kate Bingaman-Burt that inspired and focused on innovation and the major challenges for designers today.
Over 100 different studios, retail spaces and agencies took part in Design Week Portland by hosting open house events during the run of the festival. Each day focused on a different geographic region of Portland so visitors didn’t have to spend time driving when they’d otherwise be chatting up industry professionals. Participants took 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 rounded out Design Week Portland’s offerings. The Letterpress Printers Fair (April 17) included hands-on printing demonstrations, while table tennis (April 17) and indoor archery (April 20) events invited attendees to work up a sweat.