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Highlighting the region’s most interesting people, places, and projects, and the inspiring stories that shape our unique design landscape.

An ending.

In 2012, a group of designers collectively launched a week-long, all-inclusive festival celebrating the projects and processes as told by a creative community across many disciplines. Today, we're closing the book. And, in doing so, we're celebrating the eight years that we gathered and created. Learned and grew. Formed new relationships and imagined what could be. The time has come for new voices, new stories. Thank you, Portland.



I've never heard of this. What was Design Week Portland and Design Portland? Who was involved? I'd love to see more of what this was all about. Do you have archives of the organization and festival? I was part of this community and am curious what will live on. What happens to my membership? I want to host my own design event / festival. Can you help? I'm interested in three giant D-W-P letters. Know anyone who has some?


Black Lives Matter.

As a design organization, we recognize that the system is working exactly as it was designed. We recognize our part in the system and our shared responsibility to dismantle white supremacy.


2020 Festival FAQs

This year, we're shifting to a virtual format with a tighter focus. Here's what you need to know about programming, timing, and ticketing.


Mentorship in a Turbulent Time

Think back to your beginnings as a designer. Do you remember someone who took the time to review your work or offered a tip that helped you navigate your first steps into the field? You could be that person to someone else.


2020 Festival Postponed

Based on our current research and understanding, we have made the hard decision to postpone Design Week Portland. The festival is now slated to run August 1-8, 2020.


DWP Design Fellowship: Call for Applicants

The newly launched DWP Design Fellowship is an opportunity to engage with our team over a 7-month period to support the design efforts required to bring the festival to life across various channels. The selected designer will drive the look and feel of the festival in 2020 across all print and digital touch points, and will promote their work through all of DWP's channels.


In Review / Looking Ahead

Another incredible year. Another opportunity to come together as a community. Another chance to consider the state of design and where we're going. Thank you.


Your Guide to DWP

Not sure where to start, but know you're ready to attend events during Design Week?  We kick off this Saturday. Here's the quickest way to register for events and make sure you've got a spot at the best programming during the week.