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  • History

    The Seattle Design Festival (SDF), formerly known as Design in Public, was founded in 2011 to celebrate all the ways that design makes life better for Seattle, and to nurture relationships among designers, citizens, city leaders, and future-thinking business innovators. SDF is the largest design-related event in the Pacific Northwest, gathering 120+ partners and over 30,000 attendees to 80+ citywide events for the past 11 years. Past Festival themes have included: EMERGE (SDF 2021) About Time (SDF 2020) BALANCE (SDF 2019), TRUST (SDF 2018), POWER (SDF 2017), Design for Equity (SDF 2015), Design in Motion (SDF 2014), and Beneath the Surface (SDF 2011). To learn more about past Festivals, visit our Festival Archive page. 

  • SDF 2021: EMERGE
    This year’s festival theme, EMERGE, sought to inspire action, address the consequences of the pandemic, and nurture new possibilities. Emerging is a process of adaptation, of transforming the way we interact, collaborate, and create. How can community-driven design strategies carry us forward? How will we emerge better?

     

    This year’s festival happened exclusively outside through our Block Party, a two-day street fair, August 21-22 at Lake Union Park. The Seattle Design Festival (SDF) Block Party featured installations, activities, demonstrations, and performances from our community partners.
    This year’s Festival celebrated the potential to re-establish our human connection safely, focusing on the role of community in design, while making it accessible and fun.

     

  • FAQ

     

    DO YOU NEED TO REGISTER OR BUY A TICKET TO ATTEND THE BLOCK PARTY?

    No ticket or registration was required to attend the 2021 SDF Block Party. Visit the Schedule at a Glance to learn more about what EMERGE had to offer!

     

    HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER?

    To be added to our volunteer list for short-and long-term opportunities for next year’s festival, sign up on our volunteer page.

     

    HOW ELSE CAN I HELP?

    The Festival is only possible through generous support from our donors and sponsors. Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities and other ways to give.

     

    HOW DO I SUBMIT A PROPOSAL FOR THE SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL?

    The call for proposals for SDF 2021 is now closed. The Festival planning team has identified over 50 partners who explored their interpretation of EMERGE. These submissions demonstrated the relevance of design thinking, empowered communities to leverage design, and promoted a culture of collaboration. Look for the 2022 SDF Call for Proposals in winter 2022!

     

    I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS.

    Contact info@seadesignfest.org with any questions.