Business of Design

Pick up some new skills to grow your business with this curated selection of events. You'll learn from experts on a variety of topics including emotional intelligence, finance, copyright, time management, culture, branding, and inclusion.


Event: A creative's guide to running a profitable business


Stay relevant in the age of acceleration, with a discussion about the 4 Macro Trends you need to know. Be entertained by nine designers and creatives of various disciplines at Changing Course, with short stories describing a moment in their career or design process when straying from their initial intent offered an unanticipated outcome. For folks fresh out of school or seasoned creative professionals, recruiters of The Creative Party will answer your burning questions at The Cooler: Ask A Recruiter.

April 8, 2019 / 10:00am12:00pm / Festival Event
April 8, 2019 / 6:00pm8:00pm / Festival Event


Learn how creating and curating art in the hospitality space provides an opportunity for local expression while fostering desired moods for future guests, with Elizabeth Leach and Thom Walters at Design Thinking in Art and Hospitality. Discuss how design can be a force for change at Designing with Purpose, a panel discussion on the role of purpose in today’s branded world. Consider how emotional intelligence makes better work at Step One: People (A One Step Process), a panel hosted by Owen Jones.

April 9, 2019 / 5:30pm7:30pm / Festival Event

Event: Leadership Skills for a Feedback Rich Creative Culture


Learn how to create a values-based culture, develop a timeline for investing in organizational culture, and create a healthy and high-performing team at the Designing an Irresistible Workplace workshop. Participate in improv exercises and activities led by experienced improv, leadership & team coaches at Leadership Skills for a Feedback Rich Creative Culture. Gain valuable information on the fundamentals of basic copyright protection, including copyright ability of works, registration, infringement and remedies, and fair use at Copyright for Creatives.

April 10, 2019 / 9:00am12:00pm / Festival Event
April 10, 2019 / 6:00pm9:00pm / Festival Event


Cover the essentials of Public Speaking for Designers at a workshop designed to provide you with a process you can use to design a talk, and tips for speaking confidently. At WHY? Brand Foundations for Small Business, learn the necessary tools for entrepreneurs to communicate their brand’s unique value proposition and streamline future decision making. Tackle business finance for creatives of all levels at A creative's guide to running a profitable business. Question why creative careers are out of reach for many LGBTQ+ individuals and People of Color, and discuss how to remove the lack of awareness and barriers around our creative professions at We Are HERE’s panel discussion, From Obstacles to Inspiration.

April 11, 2019 / 9:00am10:30am / Festival Event
April 11, 2019 / 6:00pm8:00pm / Festival Event


Take a well deserved break and get some fresh air during a walking tour of Portland Bridges, where you'll survey the design, construction, and history of the bridges of "Bridge City."

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


Consider patriarchy’s influence on contemporary design practice and process at An Anti-Patriarchy Approach to Design Practice. Learn to Manage Your Time, Manage Your Creativity at a workshop designed to give you two hours of neuroscience and frameworks to understand how you can manage your time differently, based on your own specific life and work hurdles.

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