Sunday: Start your week right with a brisk and informative Portland Design and History Walking Tour. Later that evening, celebrate the bright, vibrant history of neon at a showing of the 2015 film NEON.

Monday: Local animators come together to uncover their interpretation of “curiosity” at AEPDX Presents Curiosity. Each creator begins with a circle in the middle of the screen and goes from there. Anyone who enjoys animation or the unpredictability of creativity will leave inspired and entertained.

Tuesday: Get expert advice on how to turn your message into a vibrant, moving tale with Telling Your Story in a Visual World, then bump elbows and share doodles with your illustrator pals at SketchXchange with Jordan Metcalf.

Wednesday: Winter is almost over, but the Father of Dragons will make an appearance at Wacom for The Art of Making Monsters with Dan Katcher. Get a sneak peek of the hit docu-reality show Drawing Inspiration, and learn what’s in store for the future.

Thursday: Using only black, gold, and WeMake orange, a show-stopping team of illustrators have created a unique and memorable set of 9x9 prints at 26: A Lettering Show. Get weird with the Corpse Gallery, a cumulative, collaborative game hosted by OMFGCO and DevelopmentNow. Feeling thirsty? Try your hand at beer label design at 99 Bottles of Art on the Wall.

Friday: Streamline your process at the Graphic Recording and Applied Design Thinking Workshop, with listening and illustration exercises for all skill levels. Then get your game on at the PIGSquad Drink-n-Draw, where indie games and doodling collide.

Saturday: Printmaking, guided meditation, collaborative painting—the Creativity Workshop has it all—come with a passion for creativity and experience creative problem-solving in this engaging workshop at Magnetic North. Join We the Dreamers for Exploring the Undocumented Narrative Through Art, an installation and panel conversation around art and activism, amplifying the voices of undocumented immigrants.


For more suggested events and open houses, check out the full illustration itinerary, or sign up for a Design Week account to create your own personalized itinerary.