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 ran 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 attending the opening party on April 22, visitors explored 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 was the catalyst for Design Week Portland. The Main Stage festivities included 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 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 23) included hands-on printing demonstrations, and the Portland Indie Game Squad and Patreon hosted Drink N’ Draw (April 28) for artists and game developers.