One week, many voices. The heart and soul of Design Week Portland is in these events, conceived and hosted by the creative community of an entire city.

42 Events



Event Types

Sunday April 7


April 7, 2019 / 10:00am1:00pm / Festival Event

Indigo Vat Basics

Lets talk about the magic of indigo from plant to dye vat.

R A W Textiles


April 7, 2019 / 2:00pm8:00pm / Festival Event

Art Show and Fundraiser in Celebration of Earth Month

Enjoy an art show curated by Forest For The Trees and silent auction.

Snow Peak and Forest for the Trees


April 7, 2019 / 6:00pm9:00pm / Festival Event

Agencies of Change: Art of Resilience and Resistance, A Poster Show for Trans Lifeline

Come celebrate design and the transgender community with Murmur Creative.

Murmur Creative
April 7, 2019 / 6:00pm10:00pm / Festival Event

Create for a Cause

Create compelling, cause-driven multimedia stories. Win fame and glory.

WE Communications
April 7, 2019 / 6:30pm10:00pm / Festival Event

Association dinner - Benji Wagner + Andy Young with Sam Smith of Tusk



Monday April 8


April 8, 2019 / 2:00pm4:00pm / Festival Event

adidas Maker Lab

Come explore the adidas MakerLab



April 8, 2019 / 5:30pm7:30pm / Festival Event

Accessible Design: Empathy in a World with No Averages

An interactive exploration of accessible design

April 8, 2019 / 6:00pm7:30pm / Festival Event

The Power of Color in Design

How to use color to capture your consumer and nail your design.

Living Room Realty
April 8, 2019 / 6:00pm8:00pm / Festival Event

Women + The Future

Immersive experience in AR and VR led by a panel of amazing ladies

Ladies' Night PDX & 52 Limited
April 8, 2019 / 6:30pm8:00pm / Festival Event

Better Together: Better Talk

Panel discussion about the relationships between non-profits and creatives.

Collective board of Creative Agency + NPO representatives that came together for the goal of productive collaboration between Creative and NPOs.
April 8, 2019 / 7:00pm8:30pm / Festival Event

Designing for Everyone: Accessibility and the Web

Incorporating empathy in design & the best practices for accessibility.

ThinkShout, Inc

Tuesday April 9


April 9, 2019 / 12:30pm1:30pm / Festival Event

The Necessary Evils of Designing for Good

What’s the best way to ask for a buck?

Pivot Group
April 9, 2019 / 2:00pm4:00pm / Festival Event

adidas Maker Lab

Come explore the adidas MakerLab



April 9, 2019 / 5:30pm8:00pm / Festival Event

Designing with Purpose: Using design as a force for change

A panel for those who dare to stand for something greater than business.

April 9, 2019 / 6:00pm9:00pm / Festival Event

Women Creating Paradise: Redesigning Cannabis in a Man's World

Join Ladies of Paradise and explore how women, weed, and design interact.

Ladies of Paradise
April 9, 2019 / 7:00pm10:00pm / Festival Event

Wednesday April 10


April 10, 2019 / 2:00pm3:30pm / Festival Event

Design Narratives

Panel discussions encompassing the presentation of design concepts

Works Progress Architecture
April 10, 2019 / 3:00pm4:30pm / Festival Event

Hand Drafting for Interior Design

Learn the basics of hand drafting for Interior Design

Vicki Simon Interior Design
April 10, 2019 / 4:00pm6:00pm / Festival Event

The Native Perspective Missing from Design

So much Native imagery in design. Where are all the Native designers?

OPB's State of Wonder, in conjunction with the PSU Native American Student and Community Center


April 10, 2019 / 6:00pm8:00pm / Festival Event

Dungeons & Dragons & Design

Watch or participate in a game of D&D w/Portland Creatives!

Jolby & Friends
April 10, 2019 / 6:00pm9:30pm / Festival Event

Evolution of the Napkin Sketch

How to turn your ideas into impactful wall graphics, displays and decor.

Infinity Images
April 10, 2019 / 6:00pm7:00pm / Festival Event

Big Sis, Lil’ Sis

A conversation on friendship + mentoring with PDX women creatives of color.

No One

Thursday April 11


April 11, 2019 / 9:00am10:30am / Festival Event

The Art & Science of Visual Recording

Delight your clients and take your communication to new visual heights!

April 11, 2019 / 9:30am1:30pm / Festival Event

WHY? Brand Foundations for Small Business

A series of guided brand exercises geared towards growing your business.

OK Studio
April 11, 2019 / 11:00am12:30pm / Festival Event

Exploring What's Possible: Designing for Digitally Printed Packaging

Discover how to engage consumers with digitally printed packaging.

The BoxMaker


April 11, 2019 / 4:00pm7:00pm / Festival Event

The Revolution Will Be Brought to You By...

Why are brands taking personal stands on social issues?

Watson Creative


April 11, 2019 / 6:00pm9:00pm / Festival Event


A Poster Show hosted by IDL + Portland Trail Blazers

IDL + Portland Trail Blazers
April 11, 2019 / 6:00pm8:00pm / Festival Event

From Obstacles to Inspiration:

Why creative careers are out of reach for many in marginalized groups.

April 11, 2019 / 6:00pm11:00pm / Festival Event

Census 2020: Creatives For the Count Workshop

Calling all creatives to strengthen democracy:Make content for 2020 Census!

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Census Open Innovation Labs, collective of local and national census outreach organizations
April 11, 2019 / 6:00pm9:00pm / Festival Event


A new sport, invented by AI, proven by humans. Played for the first time.

April 11, 2019 / 6:00pm9:00pm / Festival Event

Breaking Borders: From Mexico to the World

How Mexican design is igniting a new perspective and breaking borders.

April 11, 2019 / 6:00pm10:00pm / Festival Event

Beacon Quarterly Presents: No. 08 Nail Biter

Explore inspired creativity through a curated experience

Crib Design House
April 11, 2019 / 7:00pm9:00pm / Festival Event

Matthias Kemeny Design Lecture Series presents Silas Munro

Silas Munro: A Proclamation in Type and Image Form

Portland State Graphic Design

Friday April 12

All Day

April 12, 2019 / 9:00am7:00pm / Festival Event

Pretty with Purpose: How to be real, be strong, and make an impact.

Six short but sweet, dynamic keynotes and breakouts to get your purpose on.

HUB Collective Ltd.


April 12, 2019 / 2:00pm4:00pm / Festival Event

adidas Maker Lab

Come explore the adidas MakerLab

April 12, 2019 / 4:00pm8:00pm / Festival Event

WE ARE HERE! OSU Graphic Design Senior Showcase + Program Event

Featuring senior work, program information, refreshments and good times!

Oregon State University


April 12, 2019 / 8:00pm10:00pm / Festival Event

The Pressure Is Good for You, A Talk Show.

The Pressure Is Good for You, A Talk Show. A talk show that's good for you.

Adam R Garcia

Saturday April 13

All Day

April 13, 2019 / 10:00am3:00pm / Festival Event

Hand Lettering Workshop - Sign Painting 101

Hand Lettering Workshop - Sign Painting 101

Studio Signs & Pictorial Displays, Inc.
April 13, 2019 / 11:30am6:00pm / Festival Event

Design Equity Tournament

Design a logo in a day to benefit Portland in Color



April 13, 2019 / 10:00am12:00pm / Festival Event

Manage Your Time, Manage Your Creativity

How to reclaim your time for creative energy and creative projects.

11:11 Supply


April 13, 2019 / 1:00pm5:00pm / Festival Event

Wacom + Vectornator Design Challenge

Wacom + Vectornator design challenge