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Digital Design

A selection of festival events related to digital and interactive design, and user experience. Events include a wide range of topics and technologies such as placemaking, machine learning, AR/VR, animation, transportation, ethics, and accessibility.

Event: Drawing in 3D: A Beginners Introduction to SketchUp


Monday's lineup of digital events includes a panel discussion and interactive experience with women leaders in VR, AR, and AI, as well as a talk and mixer about storytelling with industry leaders in advertising, television, film, stop motion animation.

April 8, 2019 6:00pm8:00pm Festival Event


Tuesday's offerings include a SketchUp workshop for beginners, a presentation about the importance of storytelling in collaborative virtual environments with social VR/AR, and demos and discussion about placemaking and community-centered applications of VR.


Wednesday's options include a talk by Sara Wachter-Boettcher about non-inclusive tech and how we can do better, as well as a panel hosted by Particle Design CEO Crystal Rutland about the use of AI in transportation.


On Thursday, University of Oregon Portland kicks off a three day series about technology, AKQA hosts an event that examines machine learning with the invention of a brand new sport (designed by a computer), and oddfellows creates a live "exquisite corpse" style animation creation.

April 11, 2019 5:00pm8:30pm Festival Event
April 11, 2019 6:00pm9:00pm Festival Event
April 11, 2019 6:00pm8:00pm Festival Event


On Friday, Emerge Interactive hosts a panel of experts to speak about design debt and how to avoid it, and NWEA will have a presentation and panel about accessibility, including designing with inclusion in mind from the beginning, and technical tips for development.

April 12, 2019 5:00pm7:00pm Festival Event


The festival events end on Saturday, as does the three day series about technology hosted by University of Oregon Portland. Immerse yourself at a workshop led by Instrument, intended to help everyone from novices to professionals start creating functional and compelling immersive XR content. Wrap up the day at the Wacom Experience Center for a vector design challenge and party with local designers.

April 13, 2019 1:00pm3:00pm Festival Event

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