Seattle Design Festival 2018: TRUST

Seattle Design Festival 2018 was September 6 - 21

Every year, the Seattle Design Festival brings together designers, community members, experts, city officials, and business leaders to celebrate and explore how design improves the quality of our lives and our community.

2018 was the year of TRUST. From September 6-21, the Seattle Design Festival brought together groups, organizations, and individuals from our region and across the globe to explore the role of TRUST in design. The Seattle Design Festival 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 resounding success!

The Seattle Design Festival is a program of Design in Public, a multidisciplinary nonprofit organization that promotes the role of design in improving our city.  Design in Public is a strategic initiative of AIA Seattle, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, founded in 2011 to celebrate and explore the role and impact of design on urban life in Seattle.

#SDF2018 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 the SDF Flickr page. Share your photos with us on social media by making sure to use the hashtags #SDF2018 and #DesignTRUST!

Questions? Contact Debra Webb, Public Programs Manager, Design in Public.

Get Involved

Learn more about SDF 2018 on the Design in Public website & be sure to connect with Design in Public on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


The Seattle Design Festival celebrates the ways design makes life better. Community members, city officials, citizen-experts, and designers all come together at workshops, performances, tours, exhibitions, talks, films, gatherings and more to exchange ideas. SDF is presented by AIA Seattle and Design in Public in partnership with dozens of partner organizations.



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Seattle Design Festival 2018: TRUST

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