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 throughout the course of a week, this wide-ranging conference includes lectures, dance parties, workshops, tours, and open houses at some of the leading design firms in Portland.
Not strictly limited to one mode, DWP has events in disciplines including graphic design, illustration, fashion, cooking, arthictecture, fashion and more. The festival returns every April with dozens of events spread over the course of the week.
A look back at Design Week Portland 2019
In 2019, Design Week Portland scheduled nearly 200 different speakers, workshops, screenings, exhibits, parties, panels, auctions, happenings and shows throughout the city over the course of a week. These events are the heart and soul of DWP, showcasing the diverse voices that help shape Portland’s creative community.
More than 100 different studios, retail spaces and agencies took part in Design Week Portland by hosting open house events during the run of the festival. DWP also created itineraries for two of the festival’s most popular topics: architecture and digital design.
- Architecture: The architecture itinerary included a selection of events related to the Portland’s eclectic urban design and architecture. The program explored Portland’s past, present and future built environment, along with discussions about how heritage, sustainability and technology inform the city’s architectural landscape.
- Digital Design: The digital design itinerary focused on digital and interactive design and user experiences. Experts engaged on topics and technologies like virtual realition and artifical reality, animation, machine learning, placemaking, ethics and accessibility.