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 2018 festival runs from April 14–21 throughout Portland.
2018 Design Week Portland events
This year, Design Week Portland has created a Core Track program consisting of six events held at six different locations spread throughout the week. Topics will range from architecture in our rapidly growing city, to sustainable fashion and ethics in the clothing industry, to a hands-on macramé class complete with cat cuddles. These events are the heart and soul of DWP, showcasing the diverse voices that help shape Portland’s creative community.
Over 100 different studios, retail spaces and agencies 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 didn’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 (over 300, actually) of speakers, workshops, screenings, exhibits, parties, panels, auctions, happenings and shows round out Design Week Portland’s offerings. Look for the Letterpress Printers Fair (April 15) which will include hands-on printing demonstrations, and the adidas MakerLab (April 16-20) where guests can design a t-shirt to take home.
Not sure where to start? Design Week Portland is there to help. Based on nine key disciplines like Type & Image, Fashion & Apparel and Illustration, DWP has created detailed itineraries that map out the events, activities and open houses that best fit your area of interest.