May 7-13, 2018
We’re back with a full week of design programming for 2018.
This Year’s Theme: IMPACT
VDW’s third edition is the first to have a theme. Setting a theme creates the opportunity to look at design through a different lens each year, deepening our understanding of design and its presence. After all, design is the means through which we shape and create the world we live in.
Almost every object, service, and built environment that we interact with has been designed by someone. Everything that has been designed has had a lot of thought put into it - from analysing problems and developing solutions, to conceptualization, production, usability, and ultimately, the resulting effects on people, society and the environment.
This year, VDW will focus on the impact that design has on our lives and how it can be a powerful tool to make the world a better place. Participating studios will be able to showcase how their designs impact their environment, their industry and people. This will give VDW visitors a better understanding of the extent to which design impacts their world - from the images they see to the clothes they wear and the objects they use.We invite you to not just notice design, but to ask questions, uncover hidden layers, and consider the change that a design makes, lest it be taken for granted until it eventually “disappears”.
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From volunteering to hosting an event to showing leadership in your sector with a sponsorshipthere are many ways you can bring your ingenuity and passion to Vancouver Design Week.
Each year designers of all stripes step out with a wide range of offerings to create the showcase of the city’s talent. In 2018, there are even more ways to participate. If you don’t see a category that fits your idea, get in touch and we will work with you to make it happen.
Event host registrations close at 6pm March 23.
1 / Design Studios
A unique opportunity to discover the "behind the scenes" of local design studios as they open up their doors to share their work, perspectives and practices.
2 / Design Tastings
Learn (and taste) what shaped and inspired some of Vancouver's most distinctive tastings rooms (restaurants, cafes, bars, breweries) from the design teams that created them.
3 / Design Talks, Workshops, and Tours
Design discussions that open your mind, stimulate your creativity and learn first hand from our city's design leaders and innovators.
4 / Design Spaces
Be guided through cutting edge designed buildings, urban spaces and normally private spaces led by architects and industry experts.
5 / Design Landmarks
Voted by Vancouverites as our city’s best “Design Landmarks”, join the tour and learn about the original design intent and how they came to be from the designer that created them.
6 / Design Editions
Popular public events produced by our city's design influencers with a special VDW twist!
Show Your Support
1 / Volunteer with VDW
Teamwork makes the dream work! Grow your network and lend a helping hand to this community-raised festival. We strive to create a great volunteer experience, but spaces are often limited to jump in early.
2 / Become a Sponsor
Vancouver Design Week cannot happen without local businesses and organizations that lend their support through financial sponsorship. With various levels to fit a range of budgets, we have seats at the table for firms of all sizes. If a sponsorship isn&rsquol;t for you, consider chipping in with a modest donation, becaue every bit helps.
3 / Become a Vancouver Design Foundation Member
As we build the platform to not only sustain Vancouver Design Week, but to incubate and foster other initatives. Learn about our new membership program, and consider joining to grow your involvement in our unique design community.