AIGA Portland, a professional organization for design, is hosting a brand-new, week-long celebration of design Monday, October 3-Saturday, October 8 at venues both online and in-person throughout Portland. The PDX Design Festival (PDXDF) aims to bring together designers of all disciplines, design enthusiasts and friends of the design community to celebrate and advance the community’s collective crafts. The inaugural festival is organized around the theme of connection in recognition of the design community’s need to come together, reengage and rekindle ties with one another.
“As we work toward bringing PDXDF to life, we recognize that we’re following in the footsteps of beloved events like Design Week Portland and Portland Architecture and Design Festival,” says Jordan Hall, Partnership Director and Festival Lead for AIGA Portland. “PDXDF cannot continue their legacies. We can only try our best to answer the needs of our community in the moment we find ourselves in. The message from our community has been loud and clear: we’re ready to connect again. Our hope is that PDXDF can be a space for designers of all disciplines to reconnect with each other, to share knowledge and to reignite our passion.”
PDXDF will feature a series of community-driven events including keynote speakers, exhibitions, community art, hands-on workshops, performances, markets and more, all hosted by Portland’s thriving design community. In addition, AIGA Portland will host the opening night and closing night parties for all festival attendees.
All-access passes are $25 for AIGA members and students, $45 general admission, available at pdxdesignfestival.org. Some events require masks and/or proof of vaccination.