PDXDF: Introduction to Scent Design

Whether you're new to scent or just curious about its potential, this hands-on workshop will provide you with an introduction to the theories, applications, and opportunities of scent design. You will also learn the basics of creating your own scents, including how to choose aromatic materials, how to smell and work with the materials, and how to translate your inspiration or creative concept into a scent formula. You will leave the workshop with a good foundational understanding of scent design, and your very own blended scent to prove it.

This introductory workshop is designed for creative professionals interested in concepting and designing scented products or experiences, artists interested in incorporating scent into their art practice, and makers/hobbyists interested in creating their own custom scents.


This workshop lasts three hours and includes:

  1. An introductory presentation: Learn the basic frameworks and principles of scent design
  2. Guided material exploration: Smell a curated collection of familiar and unique aromatic materials and compare their aesthetic properties
  3. Hands-on creation: Blend your own custom scent based on an artistic concept using all natural materials

No prior scent experience is necessary. All materials are included.

About Angela Espersen:

Angela Espersen is a multi-disciplinary designer and educator who is passionate about encouraging experimentation while sharing the transformative power of scent. She began her career in fine art, graduating from Oregon State University with a BFA in Applied Visual Arts. Since 2017, she has been experimenting with scent as an artistic medium and honing her scent practice. Angela’s formal training in scent has included studying under legendary natural perfumer Mandy Aftel and ongoing education through the Institute of Art and Olfaction. In addition to her personal scent practice, she has facilitated scent-based workshops and experiences for clients such as adidas, Portland State University, and Wayfinding College.


About PDX Design Festival:

PDX Design Festival is a week-long celebration of design in the city of roses. After several long years of isolation and virtual collaboration, Portland's creative community is back and ready to reconnect. Our inaugural theme, chosen by the AIGA Portland community, is connection and echoes these sentiments. This is a can't-miss event for the entire Portland community.

Events tickets are reserved for festival pass holders—get your all-access festival pass on the PDXDF website.

When & Where
Mon, Oct 3, 2022 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT
Ace Hotel Portland
1022 Southwest Harvey Milk Street
Portland, OR 97205