Stories

Highlighting the region’s most interesting people, places, and projects, and the inspiring stories that shape our unique design landscape.
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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.

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Fashion & Apparel

Your curated guide to festival events related to the fashion and apparel industries. Explore the city while experiencing fashion shows, learn from industry experts about history, technology, social and environmental issues, and walk away from workshops with your handmade goods.

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Breaking Borders: From Mexico to the World

Harris Newman

Three Mexican-born artists will share inspiring stories and presentations, followed by a panel discussion.

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Work & Co Open House

Meredith James
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A Nod to Mod

Amber Materna
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+&> Open House

Alicia Navarrette

Chill out in an industrial studio, and take a peek behind the scenes of +&<.

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Democratizing VR for More Livable Cities

Alicia Navarette

Open Signal invites us to explore the history and possible futures of city planning through virtual reality demos and exhibitions.

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Accessible Design: Empathy in a World with No Averages

Harris Newman

Learn the power of designing for the universal through interactive, empathy-building exercises and by solving real-world accessibility issues

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Social Good

Tricia Leach

A collection of events that address social issues in Portland, and the design community. Explore topics such as inequality in the design industry, the housing crisis, accessibility and inclusion, and design for non-profit organizations.

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Where Portland Design Lives

Allyson Marrs

As Design Portland evolves into a year-round organization, the people who made it happen reflect on the past seven years getting here.

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She Built This City

Meredith James

An all-star panel featuring the women who helped design and build Portland.

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An Anti-Patriarchy Approach to Design Practice

Amber Materna

Explore the way patriarchy has harmed the process of design and creation, and what steps we can take to bring design practice back into balance.