Seattle's annual design festival will take place virtually this summer

May 15 2020, 8:25 pm

Get ready to envision Seattle in a whole new way at the tenth annual Seattle Design Festival.

The festival — the largest design event in the Pacific Northwest — has decided to go virtual this year and will take place from August 15 to 23.

Rather than the traditional physical experiences, the festival will feature digital programming, virtual installations, and exhibitions as well as remote experiences.

Although this year’s event is still in its planning stages, this year’s theme is set: About Time.

The theme “presently confronts the reality of a global public health crisis and its profound impact on our daily lives. Containment has become a necessity. Social distancing has become a best practice. Collaboration strains amid the inability to work together. We cannot ignore these challenges. It calls for a response,” states the festival’s website.

Those interested in participating can use this prompt to come up with their design ideas for an installation or program. They can then propose the idea through the festival’s Call for Proposals which closes on June 15.


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What’s cool about this event is that just about anybody can pitch an idea; you don’t have to be a professional designer or someone working for a top design firm.

Additional information will be released as we get closer to the event.

Seattle Design Festival

When: August 15 to 23
Where: Online

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