What could the future look like? Bend Design gathers the people, inspiration, and tools we need to shape it together. Every October, we convene creative thinkers from a diverse range of practices and professions for talks, shows, workshops, screenings, and problem-solving sessions. And let’s not forget the parties, meetups, and dinner conversations.
Bend Design’s intimate, welcoming atmosphere enables the leaders of tomorrow to engage with the exceptional, experienced creatives of today. Our participants make new connections, collaborate on new projects, and learn new skills. Together we explore how creative thinking and practices can lift up our lives, our communities, and the wider world.
TOWER THEATRE | Wednesday, October 23
Join us for a screening of Obey Giant: The Art and Dissent of Shepard Fairey. Meet & mingle with the local Bend community in this free event, co-presented by BendFilm.
TOWER THEATRE | Thursday, October 24
Thought-provoking, in-depth talks from Debbie Millman, Martin Venezky, Tré Seals, Liz Jackson, Peter Burr, and more—a full slate of creative luminaries and visionaries. At the Tower Theatre, all day, with emcee Jason Graham/MOWO.
WORKSHOPS | Friday, October 25
Break out for workshops, meet-ups, film screenings, and collaborations in venues around downtown Bend. New public art funding models? Making zines? Changing real people’s real lives through the built environment? Crash course in type design? It’s all here.
DESIGN FOR GOOD | Saturday, October 26
Design for Good in this special session. In our Design Equity Tournament Workshop, Bend Design participants bring their branding and design chops to help a Central Oregon nonprofit serving historically marginalized communities.
Multiple venues, including Tower Theatre
$175 full access pass ($200 after August 1)
$90 student pass