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What was Design Week Portland and Design Portland?

From 2012 through 2021, Design Week Portland was a festival that connected designers with each other and the city of Portland, Oregon. Each year, the city came alive with events conceived and hosted by Portland’s creative community. It was a week-long activation of independently-organized events and open houses exploring the process, craft, and practice of design across all disciplines. The first year had 100 events, and it grew to include more than 350 events each year. Here's a nice overview of the organization from 2017, for a look at what it encompassed in its most ambitious year.

The festival celebrated and promoted design as our city’s most promising cultural and economic resource. It evolved to become Design Portland, a year-round organization that served as the central address of greater Portland’s design community.

Do you have archives of the organization and festival?
We do! If you're trying to remember some of the old events and open houses, try the programs. If you're feeling nostalgic for the brand, check out the posters or the brand guides. If you're looking for the outcomes from Headquarters, you can read our reports.

Want to see a visual record? We have thousands of photos. Curious to revisit some of the content from the festival? There are hours of videos for you. Looking for our editorial efforts? Check out The Journal, our interviews, and all the other stories we published.

Who was involved in the organization?
Eric Hillerns and Tsilli Pines founded the organization, working alongside dozens of organizers who stood up the first festival in 2012. Kate Bingaman Burt was a key organizer and joined the Board of Directors when the organization incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2014. Other amazing people served on the Board, including Bryan Wasetis, Justen Harn, and Pollyanne Birge. Rachel Coddington became Managing Director in 2018, after many years of producing the Opening Party and other key events. There were hundreds of other incredible people involved in everything from design to content to public relations to production to documentation to financial and cultural partnership, as well as hundreds more organizers of independent events and their volunteers. Here's a partial list of these intrepid humans and organizations.

What happens to my membership fee that I paid?
Your membership helped us keep the lights on for Design Portland as long as we could. If you wish to get a refund for your membership, we would be happy to help you if you can catch us before we turn off the lights at the end of April, 2022. We cannot process refunds for memberships that were purchased before April, 2021.

I was going to host an event with Design Week Portland and the pandemic hit. I was told my fee would transfer to the next iteration of the festival. Can I get my money back?
Yes! Please contact us by the end of April, 2022 and we'll get you squared away.

I want to host my own design event / festival. Can you help?
We'll do our best! Start with our Prep Kit, which included all of our tips and tricks for hosting events. If you want to learn more, you can reach out to the co-founders or the Managing Director at the top of the list here, who can answer more of your questions. You know how to look us up on the internet, right?

I'm interested in three giant D-W-P letters. Know anyone who has some?
We do. Let us know when you want to pick them up and bring strong people. They weigh a lot.