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  • The Seattle Design Festival is a volunteer-powered organization and we appreciate your help to make the festival a success!  We will have 70+ volunteer opportunities to help produce and document all of the amazing events and installations our community partners bring forward to the Festival.

    There are several different ways to get engaged as a volunteer. To find the right fit for you, consider how much time you want to commit to SDF, the impact you hope to have, and what strengths you think you can bring to the team!

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    We are gearing up for our Volunteer Orientation! Please register above.


    SDF Mixer Support:
    (August 19-21, 3 hour commitment)

    – Support with greeting guests and check in. Other assistance as needed
    – You can select your shift(s) during the onboarding process

    SDF Closing Party Event Support:
    (4 hour commitment on August 22nd 5:00-9:00pm, location TBD)

    – Support with event with set-up/take down. Manage check-in and check-out area, other event assistance as needed. Remain after for clean-up.

    Block Party Volunteer:
    Commitment: August 16,17, or 18, 4-20 hours, depending on your availability)

    Block Party Volunteers provide day-of-festival support. Depending on your interests/preferences some examples of festival roles/duties include: Production Support, Evaluation Support, Social Media Support, Screen Printer, and Partner/Guest Support. You will be able to select your specific role(s) and shift availability during the orientation period.




    Design in Community Volunteer:
    (Flexible hours + commitment)

    Design in Community volunteers enable the Seattle Design Festival to further its content strategy by delivering subject-centered, design-focused stories for publication through the festival’s digital channels. Responsibilities may include (depending on your interests):

    – Sourcing: Assist in identifying and developing story leads.

    – Audio: Collect audio through subject interviews.

    – Stills: Photograph designers during the interviews and in their design environments.

    – Audio production: Enhance and edit collected audio for use in the final multimedia story.

    – Multimedia production: Produce the final multimedia piece by pairing stills to the final audio story.

    – Writing: Author articles to accompany the final multimedia pieces for publication on the website.


    Since Design in Community offers a flexible volunteer opportunity, contributors may work on a single component of a project within a team. Or volunteers may work on all elements of a project, depending on context or interest. 

  • SDF Council

    The SDF Council guides SDF activities to deploy design to make a difference, to unleash the power of design for all and inspire action. The Council provides interdisciplinary leadership informing the annual theme and Festival elements, supports the SDF individual giving campaign, and facilitates connections with community groups and design partners. The Council should reflect the disciplinary diversity of the festival. Check out our amazing Council leaders!

  • SDF Board of Directors


    The SDF Board of Directors advances our mission through strategic planning and fiduciary oversight – planning for sustainable growth and resource development. Directors are ambassadors for SDF, championing our mission, fostering transparency, and ensuring responsible conduct as we work together to positively impact our community. Read the complete board role description to learn more about how our board functions, and our strategic partnership with AIA Seattle.

    Review the full list of our Board of Directors.

    The 2024 nomination cycle is now closed. We look forward to introducing our new board of directors this September!

  • Volunteer Benefits


    – Connect with professionals, leaders and students in our community

    – Contribute to and influence events that support innovative design

    – Build a stronger and more cohesive Seattle design community

    – Educate the public about how design directly affects their lives and communities

    – Demonstrate your values, and fuel your passion!


    The best reason to volunteer is to have fun and know that you’ve had a positive and influential effect on the city you love to live in and on the design movement!


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