April 15-16, 2016
Revolution Hall, Portland, OR
Two days of core programming before the festival kicks into independently organized Events and Open Houses.Register
Friday April 15
Early Adopters / Press / Patrons
Did you register before Jan 31? Arrive early to pick out your favorite one-of-a-kind, hand illustrated bag before heading out on your tour.
Did you register Feb 1 or after? Bring your ID and your ticket for smooth processing. If you forget your ticket, we can look you up by name.
What do we lose when it’s easy to use?
In Defense of Inefficiency
By Andy Pressman, Rumors
Good UX is commonly associated with clarity and ease of use in the pursuit of business goals. An alternate approach to user experience treats design as a way to communicate ideas through form, rather than as merely a tool for conversion.
Why is Best Practice Not Good Enough?
Inhabiting vs. Consuming Place
By Ethan Seltzer, Portland State University
As Portland increasingly becomes a brand, consumption of our “best practices” is on the rise. What can and can’t be exported? Are “brand” and “place” an unholy alliance or a useful device? Moving from comparison and consumption to context and inhabitation can offer some answers.
How does food shape place?
The Renaissance that Remade Portland and America
By Mike Thelin, Feast Portland
It can be argued that food is now the single most dynamic and influential element of culture within the urban landscape. Amid the movement, what does our emerging food culture say about us, and how can we make sure the progress we’re making on how we eat will leave us with lasting results?
Saturday April 16
Can we connect design to higher purpose?
Chasing Ghosts on the River
By Chad Brown, Soul River Runs Deep
Many designers search for the most meaningful way to apply their skills. If your capabilities are aligned with service and your true self, your work can have greater impact. Design is a toolkit for your life’s work.
How can you make your best work?
The Business of Design
By Joe Stewart, Work & Co
Doing your best work means working your own way on your own terms. That sounds great, but what do you need in your toolbox besides good design to do it? Get a pragmatic, honest look at the formation of a new company that allows its senior people to actually do their work. Hear about what worked, what didn’t, and the not-so-sexy skills you can work on now to set yourself up to run your own show.
Who has the right to the city?
Design, Justice, and Public Space
By Reiko Hillyer, Lewis and Clark
One of the most persistent ways by which people exert power over other people is to control their access to space. This talk will examine how the design of our urban landscape includes and excludes, and how it reveals who constitutes “the public.”
Can we re-wire the consumption code?
The Desire and Sustainability Nexus
By Leyla Acaroglu, Disrupt Design
Consumption is one of the biggest drivers of unsustainability. If we know that there are many social and environmental issues that are born out of this, then how can we re-code the desire to consume?
How do we win the war against seeing?
Dancing About Ruins
By Rob Walker, Writer
There’s a war out there for your attention. And with so much to look at, it’s easy to forget how to truly see. But there are ways to appreciate the overlooked and underrated, and good reasons to do so. Here, then, are some lessons in “dancing about ruins.”
Inside Washington High's historic hallways, over a dozen participating spaces will open their doors for unique activations. From agencies to startups, some of Portland's most creative minds are concocting memorable experiences that will bring this restored building to life.
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.
The talks are just the beginning. We’re bringing together the best projects, food, and people Portland has to offer.
Take in designer-driven, participatory projects, right outside the theater doors.
Shared experiences with kindred spirits, facilitating reflection and meaningful conversations.
Portland’s famed street food, collected from all four quadrants and delivered right to you.
Intimate happy hours and a blow out party bringing the city’s creative community together.
$395 General Admission
Stay right near the venue!
The Jupiter Hotel is a mid-century, renovated motor inn-turned-boutique hotel blocks away from Revolution Hall. Use the code save to book a room for a special rate.BOOK NOW