Design Week Portland 2017 is almost here! Yepp, it’s that time of the year again when design enthusiasts from near and far get together to shape the future with their ideas. This time around the event is going to run for a stretch of eight days from April 21st – 29th. And there is sure to be a lot of surprises at the event this year!

The schedule

The event is going to kick-off on 21st of April, 2017 and will end on the 29th. There are going to be events like:

  • Hands-on workshopsDesign Week Portland 2017
  • Open houses
  • National speakers,
  • Celebrations meant
  • And lots of fun!

In short, it is going to be an event not only for design geeks but anyone interested in architecture, film, fashion, industrial craft, graphic design, and even more. There are going to be both free and sign-up events, so you can choose the one as per your interests.

What can you expect?

There are going to innovative topics about the future of cities. You can also expect topics such as how technologies are changing and how we are rolling towards movements that will shape the future of building designs and lot more. You can also expect to get events revolving around the future of the food system and innovations as well.

In words of Tsilli Pines, a graphic designer and co-founder of the event, “It’s a really rare chance to get access to some world-class work happening.” The event brings creative people from in around Portland, Oregon together for an amazing celebration of design. The event is regarded as the vanguard of global innovation in technology. But is not limited to just design, it also covers food, textiles and more. Further adding to his comments above, Tsilli says, “Many studios here are working on a national or international scale.”

The event, this time, moves to the east side of Portland, from its previous home –The Pioneer Courthouse Square. The location for this year’s event will be The Redd on Salmon Street. The sustainable food hub is going to act as the headquarters. And the street will be closed for an exhibition of the proposed Green Loop design. That’s not all – there’s going to be a grand party to begin the event as well!

Design Week Portland 2017
CEO and Founder of Context Partners, Charlie Brown

There will be two days of design conferences at the main stage, and more than two dozen speakers. So, you can expect quite a lot happening during the nine days. One of those guest speakers is going to be the founder and CEO of Context Partners, Charlie Brown. He will be hosting a talk called Build the Movement, which is centered on human-centered design. In his words, “In today’s culture, design — and designers by extension — have a much needed skill set required to sustain meaningful social change. Successful movements rely on clear shared purpose, compelling future-oriented identities for supporters, and rewards that couldn’t be attained by acting alone.”

You can expect quite a lot of exciting things at the event. As per Pines, “I think everyone is trying to grapple with the new state of the union and how we as professionals can use our skill set to make any kind of difference.

So, are you ready?