Block Party
Saturday, September 12 - Sunday September 13, 10am - 6pm
Occidental Park, 300 Occidental Ave S. 98104

PARK(ing) Day
Friday, September 18, 10am - 7pm

Saturday, September 19, 930am - 6pm
Seattle Central Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Partner Programs

Closing Party
Friday, September 25
Surface Theory, 536 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104 

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Saturday, September 12

6:00pm PDT

PARTY - Hot Spot at Waterfront Park: Sunsets on the Pier DJ dance party (with Reflect Seattle)
Friends of Waterfront Seattle invites you to Hot Spot in Waterfront Park for Sunsets on the Pier DJ dance party, free and open to the public. Featured DJs include: Gene Lee, Sean Majors, Joe Bellingham, and live visuals by Pazan. 

Hot Spot is a three-year park activation pilot presented by Friends of Waterfront Seattle preceding our central waterfront’s transformation into a 26-block park and cultural destination, with a stage designed by students from the University of Washington Master of Architecture program. Hot Spot is a place of constant change and a fresh, dynamic addition to our central waterfront that provides a preview of our urban shoreline’s future as a vibrant, dynamic park for all.

Program Partners
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Friends of Waterfront Seattle

Friends of Waterfront Seattle
Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the 501(c)(3) organization established to ensure Waterfront Seattle’s success as a beloved park. In collaboration with the City of Seattle, partner organizations, and the community at large, Friends of Waterfront Seattle is responsible for: Building... Read More →

Saturday September 12, 2015 6:00pm - 10:00pm PDT
Hot Spot at Waterfront Park 1401 Alaskan Way, Seattle WA 98101
Wednesday, September 16

6:00pm PDT

PRESENTATION + PARTY - Deepening Human Connection

Deepening Human Connection shows how design, across all disciplines, can be utilized to deepen human connection. In a day and age where new and emerging technologies and social habits lead to the fragmentation of physical and emotional connections, SDF sees the importance of a design driven critical inquiry. How can we utilize design strategies to forge and maintain the essence of human relationships when the digital world is vying for our attention?
Event highlights include:

Human Connection Reading Room - Art journals read by local artist under the theme of human connection in an intimate reading space. Hosted by the New Foundation

Human Connection Photobooth - Connect with other people in real life and have if documented!

Gallery displaying this year’s grant proposals with opportunity to add votes to the 'popular vote grant' for $500

Announcing this year’s design grant winners with comments from our judges (Jennifer Nava Milliken, curator of design at Bellevue Arts Museum; Stefani Bartz, past SDF grant winner graphic and UX designer; Rob Girling, Co-founder and Principal of Artefact Group; Tyler Engle, principal at Tyler Engle Architects and President of On The Boards; Dave Mikula, Founder and Creative Director of Friends. Nicholas Kamuda, Creative Director for Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Holographic at Microsoft, and Seattle Design Foundation board member)

Tell us what social issue the design grant theme should address in 2016.

Snack and refreshments.


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Seattle Design Foundation

Seattle Design Foundation
The Seattle Design Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established to create a platform for local creatives, in both social and financial capacities. Each year we give out theme-based grants, align mentorships and host connective events. The design field, in our mind, encompasses... Read More →

Wednesday September 16, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
New Foundation 312 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Thursday, September 17

6:00pm PDT

EXHIBITION / PARTY - General Intellect Opening Reception
Aktionsart presents General Intellect, an exhibition of new work from James Coupe. Featuring a generative database of 3,000 videos produced by workers hired through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (mTurk) service, this exhibition displays single and multi-channel video installations throughout an entire decaying school building in South Lake Union. Coupe makes the individuals behind mTurk visible by instructing workers to record a one minute video each hour from 9AM and 5PM, thus creating an archive of their regular daily routine.

General Intellect questions the value of digital and cultural labor, the shifting conditions of exploitation and the new forms of social alienation that we face today, alone and together. Curated by Julia Fryett (Founder, Aktionsart).

The opening reception takes place on Friday, September 17, from 6-8pm. 

The exhibition runs from Friday, September ​18 - Saturday, October 3, and is open Thu​rsday - Saturday, 12:00pm - 5:00PM.

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Director, Aktionsart
Cultural entrepreneur focused on art, film and tech. I work to cultivate engaged communities who think creatively and critically about technology and digital culture. Talk to me about new ways of fusing the arts, emerging technologies and entrepreneurial business methodologies to... Read More →

Thursday September 17, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
General Intellect 201 Westlake Ave N, Seattle WA​ 98109
Sunday, September 20

11:30am PDT

STREET FAIR - Mount Baker Town Center Street Festival 2015

Celebrating the 2015 Seattle Design Festival, this free family-friendly event will include music, entertainment, food trucks, and art exhibits on the Sound Transit Plaza and inside the Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts Community Room. Through partnerships with the City of Seattle, local residents, and local business owners we have organized the street festival to bring together members of the Mt Baker community for a free and fun afternoon event. We hope attendees will enjoy meeting local artists and musicians as well as learning more about the history of the neighborhood and future improvements to transit and infrastructure. 

The event runs from 11:30am to 6:00pm and includes: 

  • Entertainment by Ian Siadak, Seattle Capoeira, Isidasidis, and Karim Koumbassa 
  • Food by Chopstix and Neema’s Comfort 
  • Special exhibits by The Lighthouse for the Blind, Seattle Design Nerds, Friends of Cheasty Greenspace/MtView, and Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts 
  • Art sale and exhibition at Artspace Mt Baker Lofts 
  • Sidewalk chalk gallery and other activities 

For this festival day only, Seattle's Bicycle Sunday route will be extended from Lake Washington Boulevard all the way to Cheasty Boulevard, bringing the community to the heart of the Town Center. Ride your bike and follow the signs to this fun-filled afternoon! 

This event is organized by Friends of Mount Baker Town Center with partial funding by the Seattle Department of Transportation and the City of Seattle. Sponsors include Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts, Seattle Parks Foundation, and Sound Transit. 

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Friends of Mount Baker Town Center

Friends of Mount Baker Town Center is a community organization working to achieve the vision and promise of a vibrant transit-oriented urban village in Seattle's North Rainier Valley.

Sunday September 20, 2015 11:30am - 6:00pm PDT
Mount Baker Station Rainier Ave S. between S. Winthrop St. and S. Forest St., Seattle

12:00pm PDT

STREET FAIR - 1940s Street Games: The Street is Open to People!
1940s Street Games: The Street is Open to People!
The First Hill Improvement Association invites you to join us as we transform the recently installed pilot pavement-to-parks project at University St.,Union St., and Boylston Ave., into an afternoon throwback festival of street games, motown music, swing dancing, food and art-making. This event is appropriate for all ages and abilities, is free and open to the public. 

This park is the first of its kind in Seattle, and brings publicly accessible open space to a neighborhood where dense development and rapidly rising land values prohibit tradition park land acquisition. Appropriating the public realm to provide community gathering space meets a critical community need in a low-cost, creative, and flexible way. 
Come celebrate our neighborhood's history and our future!

More info at www.universitystreet.org

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Sunday September 20, 2015 12:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
UUB Pavement Park Intersection of University St., Union St., and Boyslton Ave., Seattle
Friday, September 25

10:05am PDT


Integrus Architecture and the Alliance for Pioneer Square are bringing PLAY4ALL to The Ninety!  There will be eight playable installations made from repurposed materials from local businesses, including Sounders FC soccer gear. This event is free for all ages.



As designers of schools and educational spaces, we are challenging the common preconceptions of play and learning environments.  In recent years, our understanding of play has undergone a radical shift.  Play was once considered a distracting diversion from "real” learning.  Now it is understood as a fundamental component of cognitive development. The more we learn about play, the more we believe that access to a diversity of quality play experiences is fundamental to support equity in learning. PLAY4ALL is a community-based exploration of how simple moments of play can encourage learning, and by extension, support an improved quality of public life.  Through play, we believe people can find greater connections with each other and with their environment.


In thinking about how to lower barriers to play, we have identified four PLAY4ALL principles:

  1. INCREASE ACCESS. Identify ways to integrate play into everyday life. We challenge the notion that play should occur within the time constraints of recess and the spatial definition of a playground.
  2. DECREASE COST. Explore how to recycle/repurpose everyday materials in a playful and elegant way.
  3. DIVERSIFY MODALITIES. Frequently, play is synonymous with large-motor activities (climbing, jumping, sliding) and visually-oriented games. What about playing with sound or texture?  How about a game in which all players have limited mobility?
  4. OPEN-ENDED SIMPLICITY. No instructions, no right or wrong way to play. Outcomes are unpredictable so play can occur without pretense or competition.

In an age when our communities are divided in multiple dimensions, we believe play has the power to unite. Play is not just for kids – most adults will eagerly play if given an opportunity. Individuals who may not typically interact can connect through play and have fun in the process!  In what other ways can play benefit our lives, both as individuals and as a community?  What are your favorite ways to play? We invite you to play with us in Pioneer Square anytime throughout the Seattle Design Festival and to become part of the #PLAY4ALL conversation!

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Integrus Architecture

Integrus Architecture
Integrus Architecture is a group of architects, structural engineers, interior designers, and business professionals committed to an integrated approach toward meaningful and lasting design. By creating buildings that add significant value to the communities in which they're situated... Read More →

The Ninety

What is THE NINETY? THE NINETY, located at 406 Occidental Avenue S., is a cultural hub of soccer and a gathering place for all soccer fans to celebrate the world’s game.
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Alliance for Pioneer Square

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Pioneer Square through advocacy, programming, marketing, and community action. We work to help preserve what makes Pioneer Square the most authentic, engaging and dynamic neighborhood... Read More →

Friday September 25, 2015 10:05am - 4:00pm PDT
The Ninety 406 Occidental Avenue S, Seattle WA 98104

6:00pm PDT

PARTY - #SDF2015 Celebration
Friday, September 25, 2015
Surface Theory, 536 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
Event Tickets are on sale. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Cash bar. 

Join us for an evening of celebrating Design for Equity and the people who make it possible and worthwhile.  

DJ / Live Performances / Food / Cash Bar / Dancing / Raffle / Design.  Details coming soon.

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CUSTOMS is dedicated to bringing the fringes of electronic music to the forefront. Emerging artists, aesthetics, new trends in sound design. In love with microculture. Sponsors and organizes events both big and small.
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Design In Public

Design in Public
VISION: Design in Public believes in a future Seattle—recognized as a world design capital—where citizens, designers and leaders work together to create their shared best city. MISSION: Design in Public celebrates all the ways that design makes life better for Seattle. We nurture... Read More →
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Nightingale Dance Theatre

Nightingale Dance Theatre
Performance art for your special event! Jennifer Carroll has been performing around the world, from Seattle to LA, NY, Boston, Baltimore, to Macedonia and Bangladesh, spreading starkly compelling whimsy everywhere!

Friday September 25, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Surface Theory 536 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104