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  • History

    Design in Public’s flagship program, the Seattle Design Festival (SDF) was founded in 2011 to celebrate all the ways that design makes life better for Seattle, and to nurture relationships among designers, citizens, city leaders, and future-thinking business innovators. Now in its 8th year, SDF is the largest design-related event in the Pacific Northwest, gathering 120+ partners and over 30,000 attendees to 80+ citywide events each September. Past Festival themes include: Beneath the Surface (SDF 2011), Design in Motion (SDF 2014), Design for Equity (SDF 2015), and POWER (SDF 2017). To learn more about past Festivals, visit our Festival Archive.

  • SDF 2018: TRUST

    2018 is the year of TRUST. From September 6 – 21, the Seattle Design Festival will connect designers, community members and civic leaders to explore how we design for TRUST.

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    Applications for SDF 2018 are now closed.

  • FAQ

    WHEN IS THE SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL?

    SDF occurs every year during the 2nd and 3rd weeks of September. SDF 2018 will take place September 6 – 21, 2018.

    ARE SUBMISSIONS STILL OPEN FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL?

    No. Submissions for SDF 2018 closed May 7, 2018, 5pm PT. Learn more here.

    WHO CAN SUBMIT TO THE SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL?

    Anyone can propose an installation or program! You do not need to be a professional designer or design firm to participate.

    I HAVE AN IDEA FOR AN INSTALLATION AND/ OR PROGRAM BUT I DO NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO EXECUTE IT ON MY OWN; WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

    Attend one of our MIXER events to meet other design-minded individuals, network, and find potential collaborators. NOTE: MIXER events are finished for the 2018 Festival season; stay tuned for more MIXERs in Spring 2019.

    Join our online forums for Block Party and Partner Events participants to share ideas, resources, and find potential collaborators.

    I DO NOT HAVE AN IDEA FOR MY OWN INSTALLATION/ PROGRAM BUT I HAVE SKILLS/ RESOURCES TO OFFER AND WOULD LIKE TO JOIN AN EXISTING TEAM.

    See above.

    I WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER DURING THE SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL.

    Wonderful! Visit our Volunteer page for more info.

    I HAVE QUESTIONS AND/ OR NEED HELP WITH MY PROPOSAL.

    Contact [email protected] with any questions.