Design Week 2018: Editor's Picks

Portland Monthly's Top Picks for Design Week 2018

Here are nine of the events we're most excited to check out.

By Marty Patail March 27, 2018 Published in the April 2018 issue of Portland Monthly

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Design Week 2017

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Voice of the Future: Gen Z Speaks

6–7:30 p.m. Mon, April 16, eROI, 505 NW Couch St, #300, SOLD OUT
Generation Z (read: kids aged 2 to 19) is upon us: hear from designers and Gen Z-ers about their role in shaping tech, marketing, and design.

The Fattest Gap in Design: Smart, Size-Inclusive Product Design

9–10:30 a.m. Tue, April 17, Room & Board, 380 NW 13th Ave, $10
A body-positive, interactive exploration of an oft-neglected subject in the design world: products and experiences for fat bodies

From Cubicles to Campuses: Architecture for Modern Businesses

3–4:30 p.m. Tue, April 17, Field Office, 2035 NW 17th Ave, FREE
Take a tour of the innovative Field Office—a 300,000-square-foot urban campus in Northwest Portland that might represent the future of creative spaces.

The Aesthetics of Album Artwork

6–8 p.m. Tue, April 17, WeWork Custom House, 220 NW Eighth Ave, SOLD OUT
A panel discussion with producers, designers, and label managers on how and why album art matters in the age of Spotify

Buildings Full of Women: Feminist Design

6–8 p.m. Tue, April 17, The Nightwood Society, FREE
OPB will record a special edition of State of Wonder at this live discussion on why women are so rarely included in design discussion, and how many new buildings are geared toward the needs of young, professional men.

How to Drink at a Bar

6:30–7:30 p.m. Tue, April 17, The Cleaners, 403 SW 10th Ave, FREE
Can design principles make you a better bar patron? Pépé le Moko head bartender Jamie Socci thinks so. He teaches you how to “design” your bar experience.

The Art of Making Monsters with Dan Katcher

5–8 p.m. Wed, April 18, Wacom Experience Center, 1455 NW Irving St, SOLD OUT
The award-winning 3-D artist behind the dragons on HBO’s Game of Thrones reveals his secrets for filling digital worlds with abominations.

Empathy, Bots, and the Future of AI

5:30–8 p.m. Wed, April 18, Particle Design, 1001 SE Water Ave, $10
Skynet hasn’t become self-aware yet, so you can still enjoy this low-stakes discussion of how machine learning helps Portland tech companies. 

FTW: For the Women

April 18, 6–9 p.m., Swift. 1250 NW 17th Ave, SOLD OUT
16 organizations—including ChickTech, Ladies Get Paid, and League of Women Designers—kick off a 6-month mentorship program pairing women with community experts to create personal action plans.

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