Cheap Seats

Whether you’re a student on a budget, or you just want to explore a variety of design events on the cheap, this itinerary makes design more accessible by highlighting free Design Week experiences available across multiple disciplines.


Event: Big Canvas, The Art of Commercial Design


Take in the beauty at Leach Botanical Garden over lunch with University of Oregon Portland at Lents: Creative Design Solutions for Southeast Foster (An Action-Oriented Community Conversation). Participate in a group exercise/competition, Create for a Cause, and explore how communications, design, engineering, and marketing can work in harmony to drive purpose and positive change.

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


Join Alchemy Code Lab for Skip the Prototype: Using Agile Design Driven Development in Modern Applications, where they'll explain the process, discuss how it differs from other common approaches, and present live examples.


Consider plastic as a design flaw at Building an (Even) Better Blanket, where Rumpl will walk you through their process of revamping their products to be made from recycled materials. Have your choice of joining a Big Canvas: The Art of Commercial Design, an expert panel on the challenges and joys of commercial design, or Women Creating Paradise: Redesigning Cannabis in a Man's World, led by a women-owned and women-run creative agency.

April 9, 2019 / 4:30pm6:00pm/ Festival Event


Get hands-on experience at 1,000 Little Tweaks: Prototyping Early to Create Great Digital Products, a workshop led by partner Joe Stewart and other top leaders of Work & Co. Learn the proportions, tools, and layouts to create a sport/fashion mashup at Unparalleled Product Design: Sport, Meet Fashion, or head over to the Wacom Experience Center for Spatial Computing for the Future of Digital Creation.


Event: Sustaining Main St + Cultural Identity


Dive into a discussion about the struggles and triumphs of creative block in an afternoon panel, UNBLOCKED, hosted by Tender Loving Empire founder Jared Mees. Attend Sustaining Main St + Cultural Identity, a panel discussing the past, present, and future of main street public spaces. Help kick off the new Matthias Kemeny Design Lecture Series by PSU, featuring Silas Munro.

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


Explore the adidas MakerLab, an open source creator space filled with innovative tools and technology, where you can customize a t-shirt and print it on-site.

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


Join a balanced platform for professionals in architecture, science, art, and social justice and discuss different resilient systems at Destructive Idealism: Rethinking Resilient Systems. Then wrap up the week by immersing yourself in All The Feels, a large-scale installation and exhibition by Vania Vananina.

April 13, 2019 / 9:00am6:00pm/ Festival Event

To plan your festival experience or learn about additional Design Week happenings, visit the full event schedule or open house listings.