Every September, the Seattle Design Festival (SDF) brings together designers, community members, experts, and city officials to celebrate and explore how design improves the quality of our lives and our community. Every year the Festival grows, and it is now the largest design-related event in the Pacific Northwest.

SDF 2018’s theme, explored how we design for TRUST. TRUST is a foundational principle of a thriving society. Relationships and systems built on trust enable the exchange of commerce and innovation, provide safety and dignity to all, and encourage vigorous civic participation. We trust our systems and institutions to be consistent, transparent, and strong.  We trust that the news we hear is accurate and unbiased; that the schools, bridges, and buildings we use everyday are sound; and that our leaders make decisions based on the best interests of our entire community.

SDF is truly a community-powered effort, so Thank You to everyone who attended, partnered, volunteered, and otherwise joined us in making the 2018 Seattle Design Festival a success!

#SDF2-18 at a Glance:

  • + 16 days
  • + 145 Festival partners
  • + 53 Festival Sponsors
  • + 90 programs & installations
  • + 20+ design disciplines
  • + 3+ countries represented
  • + Block Party: outdoor installations, tours, and activities
  • + Design Discussions: 2 nights of interactive panel discussions
  • + Community Programs: citywide tours, lectures, exhibits, workshops, family programming, charrettes, and more!
  • + Covered by all major Seattle publications, including Parent MapThe EvergreyThe Stranger, and The Urbanist.

To see images from this year and past Festivals, visit our SDF Flickr page.

More info can be found on the Design in Public website.