Design Week Portland

This is a big deal. Open your calendar and start adding dates.

The inaugural Design Week Portland is October 9–13.

Portland is a city of design and for design, unique in its approach to defining place, culture, and attitude. Design Week Portland celebrates design as our city’s most promising cultural and economic resource. Our purpose is to explore process, craft, and practice across disciplines through our city’s vibrant design programming.

It starts with an opening night party at the Cleaners and just keeps rolling: events hosted by AIGA, CreativeCares, CreativeMornings/Portland, Danner Boots and ADX, Designspeaks, Em Space, 52 Ltd., Fix PDX, IDSA, Instrument, Jolby & Friends, Mag-Big, Mercy Corps, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Nemo Design, Felix Ng and Anonymous, OMPA, PSU, WebVisions, WeMake and Wieden+Kennedy. Whew!

Most events are free–$15, with some higher prices for keynotes and workshops. There’s something for everyone.

On October 10, AIGA Portland will present Jared Levy and the premiere of Graffiti Fine Art, a short documentary film about 65 graffiti artists from 13 countries who descend upon São Paulo, Brazil for the Graffiti Fine Art Exhibition at the MuBE Museum. You won’t want to miss the spectacular Graffiti Type Showcase, an exhibition featuring 26 artists, designers, typographers, graffiti artists and illustrators from around the world who were tasked with reinterpreting and redefining the 26 letters of the alphabet, inspired by the innovation and energy of graffiti. Find out more here.

I intend to spotlight a few events over the next month. In the meantime, hold your breath, head over to the official site and watch the promo video below.

Special thanks to Eric Hillerns and Tsilli Pines for organizing DWP, and to their action team, sponsors and everyone involved. Holy cow this is going to be an amazing week.

By Michael Buchino
Published September 5, 2012
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