This Friday, Design Week Portland returns for its fifth year. Over the next two weeks, Portland will see over a hundred events, open houses, and presentations all aimed to celebrate and inspire the city’s immense design community.
To help navigate the festivities, we’ve combed the schedule and selected 11 events that we can’t wait to check out. Most of them are free and still open.
BONUS: If you would like to attend our sold out CODE film screening on Friday April 22, we have a few extra tickets. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to snag them before they’re gone.
Opening Party (7 - 11pm)
Letterpress Printers Fair (10am - 5pm)
Media Temple Table Tennis Invitational (7 - 10pm)
Open House: MFA Applied Craft + Design Studios (4 - 7pm)
Students, alum, faculty, staff and mentors will be offering products for sale (ceramics, lighting, wearables, innovative devices, handmade books, domestic items, sculpture, and on and on) that in some way represent the spirit and soul of this creative laboratory.
Speakers: Overshare PDX (7 - 9pm)
A down and dirty conversation about the challenges of being a creative. Hosted at XOXO’s new space, The Outpost. Speakers include: Kate Bingaman-Burt (Illustrator/Educator), Adam R. Garcia (The Pressure), Rich Tu (Nike), and Justin Gignac (Working Not Working).
Open House: BENT Design Lab (4 - 7pm)
BENT’s newly launched Design Lab is pushing the envelope in VFX and ID work with an emphasis on high end composition and a globe-trotting roster of artists and creative directors. Open house, pop up gallery and dance party to follow.
Speaker Series: PechaKucha Night PDX (6:30 - 10:30pm)
11 speakers. 20 slides in 6 minutes 40 seconds per speaker. The theme for this PechaKucha is Motivation. Although vastly different, what motivates an Olympic coach, a scientist, or a graphic designer to do their toughest work? What is the common thread behind drive?
Show & Tell: Art Chantry (12 - 1pm)
Chantry moved to Seattle in the late 1970s and became a singular force in the city’s subculture, designing album covers and posters for the underground music and theater industry. His design work for independent record labels, commercial clients and political and community events, always on a low budget and with a quick turnaround, remains influential and much imitated today.
Open House: Public-Library (4 - 7pm)
An exhibition of graphic studies exploring rejected and unfinished work from 2011–2016.
The Power of Design: Josh Higgins (The Factory at Facebook) (7 - 9pm)
Creative director, typographer, and designer Josh Higgins will showcase a multitude of original silkscreen art, talk about his work with type legend Doyald Young, what it was like working with President Obama, and how he leads the brand team of Facebook. Moderated by friend and local favorite Aaron Draplin.
CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap Film Screening @ Instrument (6 - 8:30pm)
CODE is a documentary that aims to inspire change in cultural mindsets, in the educational system, in startup culture and in the way women and minorities see themselves in the field of coding. The film screening will follow with a Q&A with Director/Producer Robin Hauser Reynolds.