We unleash the design thinker in everyone to illuminate Seattle’s challenges and ignite action.
We envision a culture of design that fosters equitable, resilient, and thriving communities.
The Seattle Design Festival is a platform for bold design conversations. We believe that design is for everyone and that inclusive co-design practices are essential to shaping an equitable Seattle. We are multidisciplinary, socially engaged and civic minded.
The Seattle Design Festival was founded in 2011 as a strategic initiative of AIA Seattle to promote public dialogue and community engagement about the role and impact of design in urban life.
- Demonstrate the relevance of design thinking
+ Propose design solutions to urgent community problems
+ Create a vision for our urban future, elicited from everyone
+ Inspire action
- Empower communities to leverage design
+ Engage youth in design thinking
+ Involve underrepresented communities in the design process
+ Improve co-design and community engagement processes
+ Model design as a career option for youth from diverse backgrounds
- Promote a culture of collaboration
+ Encourage multidisciplinary problem-solving
+ Create lasting connections and collaborations among design disciplines
+ Celebrate design and our greater design community