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.

37 Events



Event Types

Sunday April 7


April 7, 2019 / 10:00am12:00pm / Festival Event

Restorative Design: The Confluence Bird Blind by Maya Lin

Consider evolving land ethic and one’s role in a sustainable future

April 7, 2019 / 11:00am1:00pm / Festival Event

2022 Gait Augmentation Seminar: an exercise in things taken too far

A satirical workout about privacy and disguising your walk.

Institute For Comedic Inquiry


April 7, 2019 / 1:00pm4:00pm / Festival Event

The Sound of the Genuine

A concertshop on embodied listening amidst the cacophony of our times

Dramatic Changes: The Center for Sound Relationships

Monday April 8


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 / 6:30pm8:00pm / 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

FuckUp Nights: Failure by Design

Global movement where stories of failed ideas + projects are celebrated

MFA Collaborative Design + MA Design Systems + BFA in Graphic Design + Illustration at PNCA

Tuesday April 9


April 9, 2019 / 8:00am10:00am / Festival Event

Next UI: Understanding the Business Case for Augmented Reality

Executive fireside chat with Amy LaMeyer on the opportunities of AR.

April 9, 2019 / 9:30am11:30am / Festival Event

Are We Ready for Robots?

Hands on Workshop combining Design Thinking and Change Management

Changeship and Kristin Burnett
April 9, 2019 / 11:00am2:00pm / Festival Event

Leveraging Disruptive Content for Your Brand

Discussion about how to best connect with your ideal audience online.

XPND Interactive
April 9, 2019 / 11:30am1:00pm / Festival Event

Designing your Story in AR/VR for Maximum Impact and Engagement with Frank Spillers

Use storytelling and accessibility to create meaningful social VR/AR.

Interaction Design Foundation


April 9, 2019 / 5:00pm7:00pm / Festival Event

Building Brands Through Experiences

Brand design through music, food & beverage and crafting activation

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
April 9, 2019 / 5:00pm8:00pm / Festival Event

Designing for the Ear: The Best of Podcasts and Audio Storytelling

Nationally-recognized audio storytellers discuss podcasting for designers.

University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication - Portland
April 9, 2019 / 5:00pm8:00pm / Festival Event

Democratizing VR for More Livable Cities

Exploring VR as a tool for equitable, community-driven urban design.

Open Signal in partnership with: Vanport Mosaic, Bora Architects, ZGF Architects, PSU Center for Public Interest Design, Alex Chiu
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 / 5:30pm7:30pm / Festival Event

DESIGN DISRUPTORS Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Watch the InVision documentary and hear from local product design leaders

Cvent & InVision
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 / 6:00pm10:00pm / Festival Event

X Marks the Spot

ART Party: An evening of art, music, and collaboration

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

The Tale of the High West Whiskey Run

Storytelling with Manifold

April 9, 2019 / 7:00pm9:00pm / Festival Event

Social Impact Design Workshop

What happens design is unleashed on the city?

Social Impact Lab

Wednesday April 10


April 10, 2019 / 9:30am12:00pm / Festival Event

Leadership Skills for a Feedback Rich Creative Culture

Improv-based workshop for building skills for a feedback-rich culture.

April 10, 2019 / 10:30am1:00pm / Festival Event

1,000 Little Tweaks: Prototyping Early to Create Great Digital Products

1,000 Little Tweaks: Prototyping Early to Create Great Digital Products

Work & Co


April 10, 2019 / 6:00pm9:00pm / Festival Event

Inclusive Content, Ethical Design, and All of Us

Sara Wachter-Boettcher speaks on what we can do about non inclusive tech.

EY Design Studio (Formerly Citizen)
April 10, 2019 / 6:00pm9:00pm / Festival Event

ART IN THE OPEN: Live art installation + conversation

The power of artistic expression in our urban landscape.

Killian Pacific
April 10, 2019 / 6:00pm9:00pm / Festival Event

Leatherworking: Make a Marbled Leather Field Notes Cover

Make a marbled leather Field Notes cover. Marble & hand-sew leather!

Brass Button Events

Thursday April 11


April 11, 2019 / 8:30am10:00am / Festival Event

Technology and Livability: Designing Cities for the Future

An exploration of how technology will impact the future of our cities.

Urban Land Institute


April 11, 2019 / 4:00pm6:00pm / Festival Event

Retail Environment Design Workshop: A Pop-Up!

Participants work in teams to brainstorm and prototype a retail concept!



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

Evolving design landscape - Designing for inclusivity

Evolving design landscape - Designing for inclusivity

R/GA Portland
April 11, 2019 / 6:00pm8:00pm / Festival Event

Sound + Style: The Influential Role of Music in Design

Join us to discuss the connection between music and design

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 / 6:00pm11:30pm / Festival Event

Portland Indie Game Squad Presents: Drink N' Draw @ DWP

Lightning round game-inspired drawing, and video game demos

Portland Indie Game Squad
April 11, 2019 / 6:00pm9:00pm / Festival Event

Designing Across Senses

Multimodal design: speech, touch, haptic, gestural, and VR

UX Book Club PDX
April 11, 2019 / 6:00pm9:00pm / Festival Event


A Poster Show hosted by IDL + Portland Trail Blazers

IDL + Portland Trail Blazers

Friday April 12


April 12, 2019 / 2:00pm3:00pm / Festival Event

Avoiding Design Debt in a Constantly Evolving Digital Landscape

Avoiding Design Debt in a Constantly Evolving Digital Landscape

Emerge Interactive
April 12, 2019 / 2:00pm4:30pm / Festival Event

Performing Interaction Design

Interaction is performative, design methods are static. Come shake it up!

The Institute for Comedic Inquiry (IFCI) and plus & greater than (+&>)
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 / 6:00pm8:00pm / Festival Event

Finance, Fashion and Feminism

A talk featuring women's fashion paired with financial facts of the decades

Northwestern Mutual- Quaresma Group LLC

Saturday April 13


April 13, 2019 / 1:00pm3:00pm / Festival Event

User Experience in XR

Join Instrument to explore the fundamentals of UX for immersive media.