April 29 - May 5, 2019
The City’s Annual Multi-Disciplinary Design Festival
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This Year’s Theme: Connection
Yearly themes provide the opportunity to consider design through refreshing perspectives - deepening our understanding of its value and presence.
By addressing the theme of connection, VDW encourages participants to consider how design may increase our awareness, shift our perspective, change our actions or provide solutions to challenges from a lack of connection.
If design is the means through which we shape and create the world we live in, how does it influence or respond to the idea of connection?
In 2018, VDW featured 111 programs and events which explored the theme of “Impact.” Over 7 days, more than 380 designers showcased innovative work, convened workshops and talks, and organized activations and exhibitions to connect with the community.
Program Registration Opens Early 2019
From hosting an event, to volunteering, to showcasing leadership in your sector with a sponsorship, there are many ways you can bring your ingenuity and passion to Vancouver Design Week. Designers and creatives from across disciplines are invited to participate in our core programming areas.
If you’re not sure how to participate or you don’t see a category that fits your idea, get in touch.
1 / Design Studios
Newly revised for 2019! Industry curated studios from each design discipline. Announcing early 2019.
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 / Open Call
Host a design talk, workshop or tour.
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
Back in 2019, we will ask the community : “What is your favorite design landmark?” and secure tours for a select few.
6 / Design Editions
Popular public events produced by our city's design influencers, with a special VDW twist! Bring your event’s perspective to a whole new audience with a special VDW edition.
Note: Editions are registration fee-exempt.
Show Your Support
1 / Volunteer with VDW
Teamwork makes the dream work! As a volunteer you will have access to places and people that help grow your network and lend a helping hand to a community-raised festival. We strive to create a great volunteer experience, but spaces are often limited so jump in early.
2 / Become a Sponsor
Vancouver Design Week is 100% community-produced, and cannot happen without financial sponsorship. With various levels to fit a range of budgets, we have a place for firms of all sizes. Or, consider chipping in with a modest donation, because 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.
About Vancouver Design Week
What is Vancouver Design Week?
Vancouver Design Week (VDW) is a collaborative platform, a call to action and an invitation to us all to immerse in design and its transformative potential. VDW’s city-wide festival connects and celebrates our city’s creative capital through a week-long program of design events and experiences.
What we believe
Vancouver Design Week (VDW) is a collaborative platform, a call to action, and an invitation for us all to immerse in design and its transformative potential. We believe in the problem-solving capabilities of designers. Regardless of their specialization, they are essential in shaping a better future. VDW offers a city-wide platform (which extends to satellite communities within Metro Vancouver) to connect, educate, and inspire—empowering individual and collective agency.
Vancouver Design Foundation
Vancouver Design Week is an initiative of Vancouver Design Foundation (VDF). VDF is a non-profit organization which works to further our region’s design value and impact while helping to define our authentic design identity. We reinforce our city’s design ecosystem and focus on four key areas: social innovation, creativity and culture, the built environment, and public engagement. We deliver partner-funded programs and campaign to raise awareness of the value of design.
VDW Organizing Team
Anna Lambert / Programming Director
Anna is a freelance marketing specialist and event manager with a soft spot for details, design and order.Send Email
Jane Cox / VDF Board / Founding Director
Principal of Cause+Affect, a strategic brand and communications consultancy, Jane uncovers and connects the nuances within organizations to shape successful strategy and opportunity. She is a recognized leader in culture building, social entrepreneurship, and civic engagement.
Jennifer Cutbill / VDF Board / Founding Director
Jennifer is an Architect at Local Practice, and Regional Director with the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC). She is passionate about empowering design’s incredible potential for positive change.
Tylor Sherman / VDF Board / Founding Director
Tylor is a creative technologist and co-founder at Denim & Steel. An engineer by training, he designs and builds unique people-focused software for arts, culture, and community minded organizations.
Anna Horváth / Sponsorship Director
As a fundraising strategist, Anna works to foster philanthropic support and partnerships for non-profit organizations.Send Email
Geoff Ravenor / Brand and Design Manager
A once confused young man, lost in business studies; Geoff found his passion for design through the lens of a camera. His working days are now spent developing brand strategy at Cause+Affect.
Natalia Kwasnicki / Editions Coordinator
Natalia is an interior designer with an art history background. She has a passion for using spaces to bring people together and bringing various channels of design together.
Pablo Leppe/ Design Spaces and Landmarks Coordinator
Pablo is inspired by his travels and living abroad to design better local communities. He is a registered architect, holds a master’s degree from the University of Waterloo, and is a member of the Whistler advisory design panel.
Alison Gray / Volunteer Coordinator
Alison has a background in social media and events. She loves bringing people together to work on unique projects like Vancouver Design Week.