April 21-22, 2017
Revolution Hall, Portland, OR
Twenty four visionaries at the forefront of every design discipline. Two days of core programming before the festival kicks into independently organized Events and Open Houses.Register
We are in uncharted territory.
What’s our role in the changing political, social, economic and environmental landscape, as designers? Some of today’s most compelling thinkers consider the current climate and its impact on how and what we design.
Friday April 21
10am at The Redd
We will be holding registration at our Headquarters. Come check in and interact with designer-led exhibits and activations before programming begins at Rev Hall.
You want a talk?
Talkin' LOUD and Sayin' NOTHIN
By Amos Kennedy
This will be a great talk. It will be a fantastic talk. It will be a talk that they will talk about forever. It will be the greatest talk ever talked. This talk will enlight all who are fortunate to hear. It will have the largest audience of all the other talks during Design Week Portland. Oh, those talks will be okay but not GREAT, FANTASTIC like this talk.
Is sustainable food scaleable?
Rethinking the Meat Industry
By Anya Fernald, Belcampo
Anya Fernald, Belcampo CEO & Co-Founder and author of Home Cooked, will address the future of sustainable meat - can quality meat production be scaled? How can consumers find sustainable options in the current market or influence the direction of the industry?
How can designers make positive global impact?
Breaking Down Cultural Divides: Diplomacy as a Design Tool
By Marcelino J. Alvarez and James Keller, Uncorked Studios
As designers, our goal is to understand and harness the human emotive. So the question is how, in the current global landscape, can universal design principles be applied by entrepreneurs to tackle a diverse set of social, cultural, and business challenges? From Portland to Havana to Beirut, diplomacy can be used as a local design tool for global impact. We can overcome these divides to build community here, and around the world.
Did my design do that?
Recognizing the responsibility and impact of our work.
By Eileen Tjan, OTHER Studio
As designers, we constantly create and release content to our public, directly affecting the way people perceive information, objects, and each other. Sometimes our projects yield unexpected results, which can be both a pleasant and unpleasant surprise. It’s our responsibility to interpret these interactions and consequences to make thoughtful adjustments to our approach. Through the lens of projects like Grand Circus Magazine and community events hosted by OTHER, we’ll explore the responsibility of community organizing through design: how to reflect fair and diverse views of a community, observe the effect we’re having, and tailor our work to be socially responsible and therefore more impactful.
What will we do after the protest?
Build the movement together
By Charlie Brown, Context Partners
We're in a movement moment, that much is clear. But can anyone tell me what the movement is about? We've got to have a clear answer to make impact. Let's be real and let's get organized. Protesting and RT'ing doesn't change complex, long-entrenched systems. Instead of amplifying our differences, and all the bad behavior in the world, let's capitalize on what we have in common and design our way forward. Let's work through the three must-haves in all movements, and learn the unique role each of us is most needed to play.
Saturday April 22
How will technology transform cities?
Designing for Uncharted Territory
By Hsinming Fung and Craig Hodgetts, Hodgetts+Fung
Profound changes in technology, communication, and lifestyle demand that the design disciplines incorporate these shifts for a sustainable future. The rapid overhaul of every transaction, diversion, and habit over the last two decades pushes us forward and closer to the wholesale restructuring of our cities. The architecture and design studio Hodgetts+Fung has been looking ahead, tracking trends and hypotheses, responding with speculative designs and built projects, striving to answer: how will technology transform cities?
How do we locate ourselves in new realities?
Where we live
Increasingly our living reality is on multiple levels, places and timescales. We can be "in" our phones on social media, we can be "in" VR transported to fantastic fabricated realities. At the same time we also live on a planet 4 billion years old. The speed at which we can fabricate "real" feeling realities is accelerating. As designers we need to think more and more about how "what we design" influences all these places, timescales and levels of permanence. What it means to create realities for our clients, audiences and how this impacts our culture.
Has your misery ever been a sight to see?
On Designing MyTransHealth
By Robyn Kanner, MyTransHealth
Most designers start with root questions when working towards a solution. Why is there a problem? Who is the audience? What are the goals? But what if the problem you were solving was tied directly to your identity? This is a talk about handling the responsibility of objectively making important design decisions for your own community knowing damn well that the stakes are high.
What's Your Superpower?
By Aniyia Williams, Tinsel
Everyone has a unique strength that can be harnessed to do great things. Through the story of creating Tinsel, a consumer electronics fashion brand, Aniyia speaks about to finding your individual superpower, connecting the dots, and being resourceful in executing your vision.
What does intergenerational collaboration look like?
Forging Pathways for Future Apsáalooke Feminists
As a mother / daughter artist collaborative duo working in the realm of Native history, identity politics, cultural subversion, and reclamation, Wendy Red Star and her nine-year-old daughter Beatrice Red Star Fletcher probe the colonial thought bubble with intergenerational collaboration and institutional critique. Working with museums like the Denver Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, and Seattle Art Museum Beatrice and Wendy engage the public to decolonize thinking around Native American art and collections through performative tours, interactive activities, and interventionist installations. Intergenerational collaborative work is integral and a means to creating a forum for the expression of Native women’s voices in contemporary art.
Who gets to build our world?
Re-orienting public education around creative projects
By Emily Pilloton, Project H
Young people, equipped with hearts, hands, and hammers, are a hugely untapped source of potential energy in our communities. Having taught design and building to young people for nearly 10 years, and built full-scale architecture alongside high school students and you girls, Emily Pilloton believes that public education can be re-oriented around audacious, creative projects. As the voices of our young people are more important and louder than ever, it is vital that we give them the (literal and metaphorical tools) to transform our communities and become formidable creative leaders in school and into their own futures.
Can we afford a functional life?
By Adele Naude Santos, Santos Prescott and Associates
Decent shelter, providing sanitation and security, is necessary for productive life. Globally, in contexts surrounded by squatter-settlements with immeasurable human costs, these remain beyond economic probability. Financial and social commitments from Governments are essential. Ours, the richest, has failed to build adequately for the poorest through lack of civic will; un-affordability has reached the middle-class; and urban squatting, as in Oakland's Ghost-Ship fire, provides a wake-up call demanding vigorous new thought.
Head back to The Redd as our Headquarters comes alive with nighttime activations, music, and good vibes. The Main Stage may be over, but we’re kicking off the festival’s hundreds of independent programs with a bang! The entire Portland creative community will be there.
Kate Bingaman-Burt is an illustrator, educator, and collector. Via illustrations, daily documentation, publications, events, large-scale participatory projects, client work, and a full-time role as educator, she invites a dialogue about contemporary forms of exchange. She sits on the Board of Directors for Design Week Portland.
$395 General Admission
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