Portland's melting pot of creative talent will come to a boil this fall at the third annual Design Week Portland. It will be a week-long celebration of design as the city's most promising cultural and economic resource, beginning Saturday, October 4th.
This year, DWP will be headquartered in Pioneer Square with its own programming inside three geodesic domes. A daily designer in residence will be responding to posts on social media about DWP and the ongoing festivities. About 200 volunteers make DWP possible as a city-wide event that in the past two years was successful in energizing and inspiring people from all walks of life.
The schedule includes more than 150 open houses and 100 events, featuring local designers and creatives such as Tinker Hatfield and international figures such as graphic design and lettering rockstar Stefan Sagmeister, Suzan Szenasy, editor of Metropolis magazine, and architect Michael Graves. Among the 150 creative shops holding open houses, spanning a wide range of businesses: Pinterest, Stumptown Printers, XPLANE, eROI and Pinkham Millinery.
Registration for these events—many of which are free—opens on September 1st on the DWP website. This type of accessibility to speakers and events is almost unheard of these days, with a typical design conference charging their attendees anywhere from $500 or more for passes. If you're a student, aspiring designer, or just curious about the creative community in Portland, this is the perfect opportunity to get exposure to some of the best talent the city has to offer.