Alive with Design

#IDSAWDDC Partners with Design Week Portland

The Industrial Designers Society of America’s West District Design Conference 2017 (#IDSAWDDC)—scheduled from April 23 to 24—has partnered with Design Week Portland (DWP), which runs from April 21 to 29.

“Portland comes alive with design,” declare organizers. DWP events are collaborative and accessible to the public with a range of price points, including many free or low-cost options. “This one week in April is about exploring the process, craft and practice of design across disciplines—from industrial design to graphic design and architecture, to fashion and apparel, to film, interior design, photography and more.”

“We’re facing a frontier in technology, in civic growth and in political landscape,” says Tsilli Pines, DWP director and a designer. “Our programs this year reflect that and ask designers to consider all the ways their work engages with these new realities.”

For the first time, DWP headquarters will be installed on the east side of the city at The Redd , 831 SE Salmon St., a new Ecotrust development. The doors are open to the public April 24-28 from 11am to 7pm and will highlight an interactive exhibition on the Green Loop, the proposed six-mile pedestrian and bike promenade linking the city’s east and west sides. Developed by Untitled Studio, winners of last year’s LoopPDX competition, the exhibit invites the community to come together to learn, react, discuss and further envision the project’s potential.

Headquarters also will act as the festival’s information hub and living room—creating a neighborhood gathering space for participants to plan their itineraries and share their experiences.

Content from DWP is released monthly via The Journal. Each month, a video of one of the talks will be released with a companion piece of content. Each installment is created to spark thinking and dialogue within the design community.

DWP is a non-profit organization that celebrates and promotes design as the city’s most promising cultural economic resource. The mission of the organization is to increase awareness about design: what it is and what it can do for business, education and the economy in Portland with the aim of shaping the evolving state of design in the city.