By David Burn
Design Week Portland is a collaborative celebration of the city’s uniquely rich design scene, co-created by Eric Hillerns of Designspeaks and Tsilli Pines of Creative Mornings, and sponsored by 52 LTD, plus a handful of others.
“If creativity is Portland’s currency, then the coming weeks are an embarrassment of riches,” says Greg Newland, Executive Vice President of Marketing & PR at Travel Portland. “Portland is a city of design and for design, unique in its approach to defining place, culture and attitude,” adds Hillerns.
Starting Tuesday, October 9th and running through Saturday, October 13th, the first ever Design Week Portland will offer main stage talks, studio tours and a full slate of free and paid design programming at venues throughout the Portland metropolitan area. Please see designweekportland.com for detailed descriptions and exact event details.
Design Week Portland events will be hosted by ADX, AIGA Portland, CreativeCares, CreativeMornings, Designspeaks, Museum of Contemporary Craft, PSU, PNCA, WebVisions, WeMake, and a multitude of complementary organizations, studios and maker spaces.
There’s no badge or wristband to acquire. Please see the online schedule to plan and chart your own path through the week.
“Design Week Portland will be a celebration of design and designers as our city’s most promising cultural and economic resource,” says Hillerns.
Thanks to the many free and affordable events throughout the week, access for students and for those with a casual interest in a wide range of design topics is available. In other words, this is an inclusive party by design.
David Burn is Chief Storyteller at Bonehook, a Portland-based content marketing and brand identity studio. He’s also the co-founder and editor of AdPulp.com, which covers media, marketing and advertising from the practitioner’s point of view