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Event Recap: Exploring the Undocumented Narrative Through Art

Organized by We the Dreamers, this art and design installation and panel focused on exploring and highlighting the voices of undocumented immigrants. If you missed it, read on for actionable steps you can take to support immigrant rights groups.

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Interview with Oren Haskins from Google Daydream

Oren Haskins from Google Daydream on parallels between the 20th century and today's technological revolution, and designing for VR/AR.

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Southeast Open Houses: Friday, 4/20

Friday will be your last night to check out Portland's agencies, studios, shops and workspaces. Have your pick of forty-five locations for the Southeast Open Houses on 4/20 from 4:00–7:00pm!

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Event Spotlight: Closing Party

At Marmoset Music HQ, we'll have one last chance to gather together, unwind, and celebrate this full week of design and engagement.

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North/Northeast Open Houses: Thursday, 4/19

Don’t miss the North/Northeast Open Houses on Thursday, 4/19 from 4:00–7:00pm! This is just a sampling of the activities the 46 agencies, studios, shops and workspaces are offering!

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Event: Comfortable? Fabric and the Threshold of Shelter

Come engage with a fabric structure, wearables, and each other to continue the conversation about where we live, how we dress, and what it means to have shelter in an urbanizing, globalizing world.

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Studio Spotlight: Nelson Cash

Meet Nelson Cash, a strategic design studio with an impressive list of contributions to the 2018 Design Week schedule. Join them at The Future of Tools for Creators on Thursday, or their Open House on Friday!

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Southwest Open Houses: Wednesday, 4/18

Join thirty-five agencies, studios, shops and workspaces for the Southwest Open Houses on Wednesday, 4/18 from 4:00–7:00pm! This is just a sampling of the activities on offer!

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Event: Displaced Workshop: Explore Design Through Empathy

An opportunity to experience, empathize, and explore design-based solutions to the real-world refugee crisis.

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Itinerary: Carrie Taylor

Some photo-focused picks from the Community Engagement Coordinator at Pro Photo Supply, a NW Portland photography store with a focus on community.

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Event Spotlight: Disruptive Design Thinking

In this Q&A, Britta Cabanos, Chief Design Director of Creative Capital Design provides insight on Wednesday’s Disruption panel, encouraging product innovation through new methods of design thinking.

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Northwest Open Houses: Tuesday, 4/17

Don’t miss the Northwest Open Houses on Tuesday, 4/17 from 4:00–7:00pm! This is just a sampling of the activities the 34 agencies, studios, shops and workspaces are offering!

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Event Spotlight: The Future of Tools for Creators

At this panel hosted by Nelson Cash, an impressive lineup of experts from VSCO, FiftyThree, Figma, Scribble Tone, WILDSPACE, and InVision will leave you armed with new knowledge about the current and future state of digital tools.

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Itinerary: Fashion

This selection of events and open houses highlights Design Week experiences available for those with an interest in fashion, with a couple of fun additions to help you build your own itinerary.

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Event Spotlight: Analog Type in a Digital World

Join Briar Levit, the director-producer of “Graphic Means,” for a pop-up workshop where you can play with the very same techniques she discusses in her film, used by generations of designers who worked by hand.

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Itinerary: Nishat Akhtar

Nishat Akhtar is an associate creative director at Instrument, an adjunct professor at Portland State University, and illustrator. She is a multidisciplinary creative with a heart for arts and culture, plus a stomach for ice cream.

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Event Spotlight: Momo Pixel

Can pixels be used as social commentary? Momo Pixel — Art Director, Pixel Designer, Singer and the brains behind Hair Nah — says yes.

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The Last Minute Guide to Design Week Portland

Design Week Portland is ON! If you're only just now hearing about Design Week, or are the type who likes to let things slide a bit, this guide has everything you need to know to get the most out of the week.

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Open House Spotlight: Plastic Sunshine

On Thursday, April 19th, meet our lead Opening Party design partners, Plastic Sunshine, at their Open House on the top floor of the Fair-Haired Dumbbell.

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Event Spotlight: Paradigm Shifts in the Human-Centric Workplace

This experiential workplace pop-up and living-lab focused on human-centric design in the work environment will appeal to culture officers, architects, designers, and HR professionals.

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Itinerary: Rebecca Gates

A curated list of Design Week happenings from the independent musician, designer, and artist/curator behind the From a Whisper to Machines event about voice and sound.

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Event Spotlight: Opening Party

Connect with fellow attendees at the Custom Blocks, for this legendary party that launches hundreds of events across the city. This is a kickoff you won't want to miss, with design activations, food trucks, and our famous live photo booth!

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Event Spotlight: Cre8path

An event exploring creative careers and studies for high school students, with an afternoon of speakers, followed by a mini college fair.

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Event Spotlight: What's This?

For the competitive types, a graphic design themed trivia game from This at The Wayback. Create or join a team and enjoy an evening of drinks, dancing, and music while you show off what you know.

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Itinerary: Non-Designers

There's an event for everyone at Design Week. If you're curious about topics like how our city is shaped, what goes into making a beer label, or design's role in social justice, you'll find a variety of happenings to enjoy here.

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Event Spotlight: PDX Airport Bench Re-Design Open House and Party

Almost lost to time, the airport's discontinued benches are being brought back to life. These recovered modular leather benches will be unveiled during the DWP Opening Party.

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Core Track Events

In partnership with hosts and venues across the city, DWP offers the Core Track of events. Discussions and activities draw from a wide range of disciplines and interests, with a little something for everyone.

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Interview with Gaby Tirta Jenkins and Precious Bugarin

Meet the designers behind the 2018 Design Week Portland brand refresh

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Career Days with DWP & Portland Workforce Alliance

In it's second year, DWP + PWA Career Days will connect high school students to creative professionals working across design disciplines, providing a behind-the-scenes look at working at Portland’s creative firms.

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Open Houses at New New Crusher Court

If you're looking for ways to maximize your time, visiting New New Crusher Court is one of your best bets. You'll find a dense cluster of six open houses in one location on NE Sandy Blvd.

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Interview with Shiela Laufer

Shiela Laufer is an illustrator, painter and printmaker hailing from Pennsylvania, now living in Portland. We spoke about curiosity as a gateway to inspiration and the importance of being involved in your local design scene.

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Itinerary: Architecture

This selection of events and open houses highlights Design Week experiences available for those with an interest in architecture, urban design and the built environment, with a couple of fun additions to help you build your own itinerary.

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Interview with Travis Kochel and Lizy Gershenzon of Future Fonts

We catch up with longtime friends of Design Week, who recently launched a new platform for type designers to sell their works in progress. We also find out what they'll be up to during the festival this year.

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Event Spotlight: sketchXchange with Jordan Metcalf, Moderated by Erik Marinovich

Designer and illustrator Jordan Metcalf explains his creative process and shares the magic of his imagination during this inspiring talk, hosted by WeMake.

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Event Spotlight: Rough Draught, A Live Beer Design Brouhaha

Moderated by freelance designer Ryan Wheaton, host of the Branding Brews podcast, and beer branding instructor for the OSU Craft Brewery Startup Workshop, you'll watch as four designers and four different breweries create a new beer label design.

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Itinerary: Alissa Del Toro

A UX/UI designer new to the Portland area shares her experience of breaking into the design field, and her plans for making the most of Design Week.

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Event Spotlight: Creativity Workshop! Joy of Creating Something By Hand

Rediscover the joy of creating something with your hands through a workshop of engaging exercises across different mediums. Activities include printmaking, guided meditation, building challenge, and collaborative painting.

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Fresh Event Listings

Has it been a couple of weeks since you checked out the events schedule? We've put together a roundup of newly listed events you won't want to miss!

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Event Spotlight: Creating a Sustainable Culture of Inclusion in Your Agency

A diversity, equity and inclusion workshop for studios and agencies, organized by w(HERE), a new collective of designers, illustrators and creatives who are POC and LGBTQ+.

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Interview with Lindsey Cuenca Walker

An interdisciplinary artist, with a practice focuses primarily in the areas of painting and printmaking. A lover of many mediums, she also works in publications, textiles, and functional wood and ceramic object-making.

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Itinerary: Cheap Seats

Whether you’re a student on a budget, or just want to explore what’s possible without spending a dime, this selection of events highlights free Design Week experiences available across multiple disciplines. All open houses are free as well!

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Itinerary: Jordan Hoagbin

Jordan is a first-generation Vietnamese-American designer working at Nike North America Brand Design. He shares his personal Design Week itinerary favorites with us in this Q&A.

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Event Spotlight: Ontologically Oriented Objects with Parsons & Charlesworth

Can an existing, mass-produced object be transformed in a week into a mysterious new thing? Find out by participating in this week-long design competition starting April 20.

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Open House Spotlight: Owen Jones

You might need a little rest and relaxation in the midst of rushing around the city, soaking up all that Design Week has to offer. Owen Jones has you covered, with an evening full of soft things.

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Itinerary: Illustration

For those who love to draw and sketch, this collection of events highlights Design Week experiences within the illustration discipline, with some fun surprises to help you round out your own itinerary.

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Open House Spotlight: KinStitch

Telling stories by the yard at their custom, small-batch textile production shop, KinStitch prints digitally on rolls of natural fabric. Learn more about their collaborations, and what you can expect from their open house.

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Event Spotlight: One City, Many Futures

Want to get the inside track with an early start to Design Week? Join us in collaboration with Bright Lights for an epic four-event series about the future of Portland, kicking off on March 12. Hosted by Portland journalist, Randy Gragg.

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Call for Submissions!

Looking for more ways to get involved? Here are four events seeking participants to be in a design competition, create mini-parklets out of public spaces, redesign original PDX Airport benches, or to share the craft of letterpress.

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Itinerary: Andy Baio

Catch up with Andy Baio, co-organizer of XOXO, founder of Upcoming.org, author of the Waxy.org blog, and a Kickstarter Fellow for Drip, as he shares his personal itinerary with us in this Q&A!

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Itinerary: Hungry/Thirsty

Love design, but also need to get your snack on? We’ve pored over the event and open house listings for the best food and drink opportunities. Check out our top picks for staying refreshed during Design Week!

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Interview with Adam R. Garcia

Chances are if you've been to Design Week, you've seen Adam around. This year should be no different, so read on to find out about all that he's involved in at the festival.

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Event Spotlight, FTW: For the Women

A six-month mentorship program open to women and female-identifying folk that kicks off during Design Week with a night of inspiring programming showcasing the value of accountability groups and focused mentorship.

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Itinerary: Digital Design

This selection of events and open houses highlights a breadth of Design Week experiences within the digital design discipline, with a couple of fun additions to help kickstart your planning.

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The Planner's Guide to Design Week Portland

Did you love reading the syllabus on the first day of class? Do you enjoy crafting the perfect organizational system? You might be an over-planner. This is the official guide to creating your perfect Design Week experience.

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Design Week Portland Releases Festival Details

Design Week Portland, now in its sixth year, launches its line-up of more than 275 events and open studios. Discussions and demonstrations of the importance and impact of design will be taking place in every corner of the city from April 14-21.

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