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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 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 2019: BALANCE

    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.

    Call For Proposals

     

    KEY DATES

    May 22, 5pm PT – Deadline to submit program proposals
    June 7 – Notification of Festival acceptance
    July 1 – Final program/installation info due
    August 16–25 – Seattle Design Festival!

  • 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?

    Attend one of our 2019 Design Jam events to meet other design-minded individuals, network, and find potential collaborators.

    April 20 – Design Jam
    May 8 – Design Jam
    May 5 – Design Jam

    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.