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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

    Dates have been announced for the 2020 Seattle Design Festival, a thought-provoking week-long city-wide festival exploring all the ways that design makes life better for Seattle.  SDF will be celebrating our 10th year as the largest design-related event in the Pacific Northwest!

  • Key Dates

    August 14-23, 2020
    Block Party August 15-16 @ Lake Union Park

  • FAQ

    I HAVE AN IDEA FOR AN INSTALLATION OR PROGRAM.

    Our Call for Proposals will be released in February, and proposals are due May 15, 2020.  Anyone can propose an installation or program! You do not need to be a professional designer or design firm to participate.

     

    I WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER.

    We are currently accepting volunteers for our Core Team, a small but dedicated group of volunteers that sees the festival through from start to finish.  If you are looking for a fun challenge and are ready to commit some serious time and energy to the Festival, contact info@designinpublic.org.

    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.