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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. SDF is the largest design-related event in the Pacific Northwest, gathering 120+ partners and over 30,000 attendees to 80+ citywide events for the past 9 years. Past Festival themes include: BALANCE (SDF2019), TRUST (SDF 2018), POWER (SDF 2017),  Design for Equity (SDF 2015), Design in Motion (SDF 2014), and Beneath the Surface (SDF 2011). To learn more about past Festivals, visit our Festival Archive page. 

  • SDF 2020: About Time

    2020 is a big year in many ways– the Seattle Design Festival is turning 10!Our anniversary comes at a pivotal moment in time. This year’s theme, About Time, sought to ponder past, present and future at a unique moment of transition for the city, the region and the world. Instead, it presently confronts the reality of a global public health crisis and the need to address and dismantle racist systems. Priorities are shifting, and the way that we collaborate has changed.

    It is About Time for real, meaningful change.

    We’ve worked to re-imagine this year’s Festival, shifting to a virtual format to keep our partners and festival-goers safe. The Seattle Design Festival is still taking place August 15-23, 2020.

    Join us for:

    • – live-streamed webinars and discussions
    • – ongoing virtual programming, available throughout the Festival
    • – physical displays throughout the city that honor physical distancing guidelines
    • a weekly Thinkercyze, a virtual design challenge developed by the Festival planning team

     

    Our Festival partners have submitted amazing programming that addresses the challenges of our communities, inspiring action through design. Schedule at a Glance can be found here. Full details and descriptions in the online calendar here.

  • Key Dates

    March 24, April 25, May 7 Design Jams

    June 22 Proposals Due 

    June 29 Notification of Festival acceptance

    July 5 Final experience descriptions due

    July 30 Festival Sneak Peek

    August 15-23 2020 Seattle Design Festival!

     

  • FAQ

    WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP IF I HAVE AN IDEA FOR AN EXPERIENCE OR PROGRAM?

    Proposals were due June 15, 2020 5pm PST.  Anyone can propose an experience or program. You do not need to be a professional designer or design firm to participate.

    Our Call for Proposals had been revised to reflect changes related to the decision that the festival will be virtual. 

    HOW ARE PROPOSALS SELECTED?

    It’s simple! We are looking for proposals that directly relate to the theme and demonstrate the relevance of design thinking, empower communities to leverage design, and promote a culture of collaboration. We evaluate the quality and feasibility of each proposal: is it thorough or vague? Do you have specific speakers or key participants confirmed? Is it design-focused and accessible to all? Is the proposed format engaging and participatory? The Festival committee reviews all proposals and provides feedback when sending out acceptance letters.

    HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER?

    To be added to our volunteer list for shorter-term opportunities during the festival, sign up on our volunteer page.

    HOW ELSE CAN I HELP?

    The Festival is only possible through generous support from local partners.
    Sponsorship Opportunities can be found online.

    I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS.

    Contact info@designinpublic.org with any questions.