Graphic Design & Illustration

A curated list of festival events related to graphic design and illustration. A wide variety of experiences including panel talks, art and poster shows, workshops, games, a talk show, and opportunities to design for good.


Event: Urban Sketching: Using Drawing to Become a Better Designer


Experience an Art Show and Fundraiser in Celebration of Earth Month, live DJ, amazing art, refreshments, and light snacks, with a generous portion of the proceeds being donated to Ecology in the Classrooms. Join Murmur Creative for Agencies of Change: Art of Resilience and Resistance, a limited-edition poster show with all proceeds and donations going to Trans Lifeline.


Brighten up the beginning of the week with a panel exploration of color as a critical element of design at The Power of Color in Design. Feel a little less alone at FuckUp Nights: Failure by Design, with speakers telling a short story of failure and how they recovered.

April 8, 2019 / 6:00pm7:30pm/ Festival Event
April 8, 2019 / 7:00pm8:30pm/ Festival Event


Learn how big brands use design to engage their audience and how your brand can apply similar strategies at Leveraging Disruptive Content for Your Brand. Join WeMake for A Conversation with Shawna X at The Mississippi Studios. The New York-based artist and creative consultant enjoys projects discussing cultural identity, sexuality, and the modern creative process.


Event: Dungeons & Dragons & Design


Hear from North about brand love and the consumer journey at Make Love Not Ads. Join a moderated chat about mentoring women creatives of color and those that identify at Big Sis, Lil' Sis. Gain perspective on Redesigning the Narrative at a panel about dismantling industry gatekeeping and redesigning inclusivity, with an exhibit to follow. Participate in a game of Dungeons & Dragons & Design, hosted by Jolby & Friends.

April 10, 2019 / 6:00pm7:00pm/ Festival Event
April 10, 2019 / 6:00pm8:00pm/ Festival Event
April 10, 2019 / 6:00pm8:30pm/ Festival Event
April 10, 2019 / 6:00pm9:00pm/ Festival Event


At Breaking Borders: From Mexico to the World, hear stories from four creative minds, including thoughts on how Mexican design is igniting a new perspective and breaking down borders. View Gameday, a poster series showcase benefitting the Trail Blazers Foundation. Join the Census 2020: Creatives for the Count create-a-thon, developing assets to conduct outreach in hard-to-count and marginalized communities. Play locally made games or participate in Art Battles at Portland Indie Game Squad Presents: Drink N' Draw.

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


At Performing Interaction Design, participate in a series of performance exercises on the theme of user experience. Visit with graduate and BFA students and view their work at Oregon State University Senior Portfolio Showcase. Explore the theme of “feel” at The Pressure Is Good for You, a talk show / variety show hosted by Adam R. Garcia at Instrument.

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


Learn to hand letter with brush and paint at Hand Lettering Workshop: Sign Painting 101, hosted by Studio Signs, a father and son team with over 70 years of sign industry experience. Explore the question of "How can the Feminine be invited into design?" at An Anti-Patriarchy Approach to Design Practice.

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