The annual Seattle Design Festival (SDF) is the largest design event in the Pacific Northwest. We gather designers, architects, community members, civic partners, business innovators, and a diverse public to unleash the design thinker in everyone to illuminate Seattle’s challenges and ignite action.
The purpose of the Festival is to celebrate and explore how design improves the quality of our lives and our shared city. Since 2011, Design in Public and AIA Seattle have presented the Seattle Design Festival in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations.
The 2018 Seattle Design Festival gathered 21,000+ attendees, 145 partners, 90+ programs and installations, and 20+ design disciplines that explored design and TRUST.
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Please review the full Call for Proposals brief before applying:
Balance: a state of dynamic equilibrium
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?
11am – 1pm @ the Center for Architecture & Design
6pm – 8pm @ the Center for Architecture & Design
6pm – 8pm @ TBD
Proposals for the Seattle Design Festival are dy (5pm PT). Apply here!
Notification of Festival acceptance
Final program/installation descrptions due for website and print program
Evening | International District
More info coming soon!
Are businesses required to pay an entry fee to participate in the Festival?
Yes. For-profit businesses are required to pay an entry fee to propose an installation or event. One of the most amazing things about Design in Public and the Seattle Design Festival is that we are able to produce our region’s largest Design event, on a mostly free or sliding-scale basis for over 21,000+ attendees and counting, while still being truly community-driven and crowd-sourced.
Am I guaranteed one of the dates/times/locations I submit in my proposal?
We will work with all partners to find a time, date, and location that works for them and the Festival as a whole. We cannot guarantee that you will be scheduled during your top choice time, but we will do our best to accommodate.
May I change my date/time/ location once my event proposal is submitted?
Final program descriptions due for website and print program by July 1, 2019.
How are proposals selected?
It’s pretty simple! We are looking for proposals that directly relate to the theme of balance and fit with Design in Public’s mission—unleashing the design thinker in everyone to illuminate Seattle’s challenges and ignite action.
We evaluate the quality and feasibility of each proposal: is it thorough or vague? Do you have specific speakers or key participants confirmed and a venue in mind? Is it design-focused and accessible to all? The Festival committee reviews all proposals and provides feedback when sending out acceptance letters.
Still have questions? Please review the full Call for Proposals brief.
If you still have questions, please reach out to:
Director, Design in Public
AIA Seattle + Design in Public
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