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

    Stay tuned to designinpublic.org mid-July for our 2019 Festival schedule.

  • SDF 2019: BALANCE

    Achieving and maintaining balance is essential for the well-being of our planet, our society, and ourselves. Our natural world provides the model: vast ecosystems that have evolved over millions of years to create symbiotic relationships that are in
    balance.

    Yet our world right now is fundamentally out of balance. Human needs and desires relentlessly compete with the needs of natural systems. Whether we are weighing the impact of our daily decisions on the future of our planet, working towards greater equity in our cities, or striving for greater balance between our work life and personal life, we are in a constant state of negotiation.

    Balance is needed for our earth, our communities, and our families, but how do we achieve it?

    • – Can design foster greater equilibrium with our natural world to restore balance?
    • – How do we minimize environmental impacts on the planet through design?
    • – What lessons can we learn from nature and how is it translated into design
    • – What role does design have to help us achieve personal balance and live our best lives?

    2019 is the year of Balance. From August 16–25, the Seattle Design Festival will gather together designers, community members and civic leaders to explore how we design for Balance.

    KEY DATES

    August 16–25 – Seattle Design Festival!
    Opening Party, JW Architects in Little Saigon – August 16
    Capitol Hill Design Crawl – August 17
    Georgetown Design Crawl – August 22
    Design Discussions:
    Living in Harmony with the Things We Create – Presented by Microsoft – August 19
    Creating Thriving Cities – Presented by Gensler – August 23
    Partner Events – August 16-25
    and ending this year with our Block Party at Lake Union Park – August 24 & 25

  • FAQ

    WHEN IS THE SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL?

    SDF 2019 will run August 16–25.

    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?

    Submissions for SDF 2019 are now closed. Stay tuned for our Design Jams in Spring 2020 to meet other design-minded individuals, network, and find potential collaborators.

    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.