HOT NEW NEXT: Submission deadline March 9th

Want a chance to participate in a Shark Tank-style competition celebrating the innovative ideas moving Pacific Northwest design forward? Contestants will present a rapid-fire pitch of a compelling new design-related concept or product to an expert panel and live audience. Regional winners (Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver B.C.) will be featured in GRAY magazine, receive off-site mentorship by our judges, and advance to the championship round to compete for a cash prize and the designation of truly being the next big thing in Pacific Northwest design. All design disciplines are welcome — from architecture and furniture to interiors, fashion, tech, and beyond.

Submit your idea by March 9 to graymag.com/hot-new-next for the chance to compete.

Visit the event page for more information or to register to attend the event on April 16.


PBOT Park(ing) Day: Applications due April 7th

Park(ing) Day will create opportunities for Portlanders, artists and activists to reinvent public spaces as mini-parklets around the city. Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) invites Portland residents and members of the Portland design community to submit their Park(ing) Day installation proposals to transform and enliven 8‘ x 20’ parking spaces throughout Portland into temporary art and design spaces. Applications, guidelines and requirements can be found here.

Applications (pdf) close on April 7.

Visit the event page for more information or to register to attend the event on April 14.


PDXOriginals

PDX Originals: Applications due March 7th

PDX Originals gives design teams the opportunity to redesign original PDX airport benches. Teams are given one of the airport benches, and are able to repaint, reupholster, modify... totally reimagine these iconic benches. There will be 10 teams chosen, and the final seats will go on display at Design Week's Opening Party and later auctioned off for New Avenues for Youth. Applications can be found here.

Visit the event page for more information or to register to attend the event on April 20.


Design by Mark Nerys, block cut by MC Laser Labs


Letterpress Printers Fair: Vendor registration due April 6th

Now in its 9th year, Portland's annual Letterpress Printers Fair celebrates traditional printing and the community who sustains it. Local printers, book artists, designers, and type lovers will provide an array of goods for visitors to browse! Also on offer will be live book arts demonstrations and interactive printmaking experiments. Drinks will be served alongside the inspiration, as typographers, designers, and hand-craft admirers salute the historical significance of printing!

Vendor registration opens on March 5 at portlandletterpress.org

Visit the event page for more information or to register to attend the event on April 15.



Photo credits: Kai Bates and Gia Goodrich