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. The festival was a reaction to a city being made better by design. By creativity in all forms. By collaboration.

In 2021, we closed the book. And, in doing so, we celebrated the eight years that we gathered and created. Learned and grew. Formed new relationships and imagined what could be. The impact of what we did together lives on.

Thank you, Tsilli Pines and Eric Hillerns, our founders. Thank you, Kate Bingaman Burt and Rachel Coddington, our torch bearers. Thank you to the hundreds of people who put their talents into the organization. Thank you to the thousands of people who organized. Who showed up and showed out. You made the festival into everything it was. You shaped this community.

The resources on our drive will now serve as a collective memory. A record of what we did; all of us, together. We're leaving space for the next generation of creatives, collaborators, and community organizers: new voices, new stories. We can't wait to see the next chapter unfold.

The video the launched it all, by Searle Video. Pairs nicely with the original website and brand by Scribble Tone.


1,500+ Festival events
400+ Organizers
500+ Volunteers
8,000+ Attendees
60+ Sponsors


Colorful vinyl flags strung between pillars
2014 HQ flags, shot by Charlotte Hill.

Main Stage

Woman presenting on stage infront of large screen
Our host, KBB, shot by Win Goodbody.
Black and white image of large wooden letters that spell out DWP
The stage, shot by Arthur Hitchcock.
35 Speakers
3 Wood letters


Abstract illustration
From the Reality issue of The Journal.
Abstract illustration
Illustrations by Tess Rubinstein.

Student Programs

Group of people gathered in a courtyard
Student tours with PWA.
Group of people leaning over a large 3D map of portland
Shot by Ian J. Whitmore.
1,000+ Students
200+ Mentors
300+ Portfolio reviews


Large project of the Design Week Portland logo on an abstract pattern
Badge by Scribble Tone, motion by Doug Filiak.
Stack of Design Week Portland posters before they've been trimmed
Posters for the 2018 festival by No One.

Opening Party

People mingling at a party
Opening party 2019, shot by Nic Raingsey.
Crowd of people in silhouette infront of abstract projection
Opening party 2018, shot by Shawn Schmidt.
6,000+ Drinks served
20+ Interactive installations
6 Color therapy cubes
1 Driving sound system
3 Illustration photo booths
3 Eyes in the sky
100+ Cafe lights