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Join us for the 2022 SEATTLE DESIGN FESTIVAL

When thinking about design, there is something very tangible and physical in how things ‘connect’ – but there is also something very emotional that ‘CONNECTION’ taps into as well.

CONNECTION is a core human need. Our brains are wired to connect. We look and long for social CONNECTIONs. We strive to understand how parts connect to form a larger whole. In a world that is increasingly experiencing disconnection, how can design affirm and strengthen critical connections within our community?


    • How can design connect people to exchange ideas, strengthen community, and design a better world?


    • Does the design process offer tools and strategies allowing us to engage our neighbors to build lasting connection?


    • How can design play a role in connecting people across difference and disagreement?


    • How can the design of our places, objects, and experiences encourage connection across communities?


      • How can design respond to the idea that connection continues to evolve and adapt?


This year’s Festival, August 20-26, will kick off with the SDF Block Party at Lake Union Park and feature in-person and virtual experiences throughout the week.


2022 SDF Festival Elements calendar


Review our call for proposals to learn more about our Festival goals and the different ways to engage as a 2022 SDF program partner!

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Proposals due May 23, 5 pm Pacific Time


Need some inspiration? The Festival planning team has pulled together some examples of programs that inspired our 2022 Call! Read more about the types of programming we hope to see at SDF 2022: CONNECTION and ways to continue to build a more inclusive and accessible Festival.