Industrial Design

A selection of events related to industrial and product design. Get inspired by a variety of topics including sustainability, inclusion, materials exploration, and technology.


Event: Pre-panelization and virtual design: The creative and practical implications of offsite fabrication


Design and take home your own sneaker prototype at Unparalleled Product Design: Sneaker Scientists. Get a jolt of inspiration and envision your role in creating a sustainable world at Bio-inspired Design for a Sustainable World. Attend The Next Dig, which will bring together five designers creating new works with a heavy emphasis on materials and the handmade.

April 7, 2019 / 6:00pm9:00pm/ Festival Event


Pitch your concept at HOT NEW NEXT, a Shark Tank-style competition celebrating the innovative ideas moving Pacific Northwest design forward. An after party, Meet Me in the Bathroom + Singing in the Shower, will follow the competition. Examine the process of transforming a design idea into a final product at an exhibition opening, New Tools for Interior Designers: Reimagining the Handmade Rug.

April 8, 2019 / 5:30pm7:30pm/ Festival Event


Combine product design and found objects at Designing for Recreational Scarcity: 99 Ways to Make a Pipe. Catch a screening of the InVision-produced documentary DESIGN DISRUPTORS, which chronicles 15+ industry-shaking companies as they use the power of design to disrupt billion-dollar industries. Join Salvage Works at Reimagining Reclaimed, where the conversation will be focused on keeping the use of reclaimed wood “fresh.”

April 9, 2019 / 6:00pm8:00pm/ Festival Event
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Event: Hand Drafting for Interior Design


Learn the craft of Hand Drafting for Interior Design, which will allow you to simply communicate your design ideas. Explore sense of place, collaboration, accessibility, and function in design with a focus on interiors, architecture, and product at International Design Meets Local Style. Join thought leaders and designers from across industries at Inclusion by Design, as they discuss their approaches to inclusion challenges.

April 10, 2019 / 3:00pm4:30pm/ Festival Event
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April 10, 2019 / 6:00pm8:00pm/ Festival Event
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Consider the creative and practical implications of offsite fabrication with an expert panel discussion at Pre-panelization and Virtual Design. Examine how sports equipment can change the sport at Unparalleled Product Design: JavHack, where you’ll also have a chance to work on your throwing with 2X Javelin World Record Holder, Olympian, and TurboJav creator Tom Petranoff.


Test your knowledge of sports products and how they've influenced sports, society, and culture at Unparalleled Product Design: Sports Product Trivia. Attend a A Nod to Mod: Moto-Inspired Fashion, a performance-art-based fashion show that brings together apparel and accessory design with a passion for timeless Italian scooters.

April 12, 2019 / 6:00pm9:00pm/ Festival Event
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Discuss Enzo Mari's furniture designs, and build a chair using only found materials and minimal tools at Consider the Chair.

April 13, 2019 / 11:00am3:00pm/ Festival Event
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To plan your festival experience or learn about additional industrial and product design happenings, visit the full event schedule or open house listings.