Submit your proposal for the 2018 Seattle Design Festival

All proposals must be submitted by 5PM PT on Monday, May 7th

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March 22 Mixer #1 – Idea and resource sharing meet-up

April 10 Mixer #2 – Idea and resource sharing meet-up
(more info at

May 5 – Mixer #3 – Casual social and Q&A
(more info at

May 75pm PTDeadline to submit program proposals

September 8-21 – Seattle Design Festival!

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Call for Proposals

Block Party Organizer Kit

Partner Events Organizer Kit

TRUST Idea Book

Block Party Forum

Partner Events Forum

Images from past Festivals
This year's theme is TRUST.

Trust is a foundational principle of a thriving society. Relationships and systems built on trust enable the exchange of commerce and innovation, provide safety and dignity to all, and encourage vigorous civic participation.

We trust our systems and institutions to be consistent, transparent, and strong. We trust that the news we hear is accurate and unbiased; that the schools, bridges, and buildings we use everyday are sound; and that our leaders make decisions based on the best interests of our entire community. We need to trust each other.

In a world that appears increasingly defined by mistrust, how can design affirm and strengthen critical connections of trust in our community?

Design in Public presents the eighth annual Seattle Design Festival SDF 2018. (September 8-21)

We invite designers and a diverse public to explore how we design for TRUST.

I have reviewed the official Call for Proposals PDF before beginning this application *

The 2018 call for proposals is available at
The 2018 call for proposals is available at
What's your first name? *

Hey {{answer_et3mDbsVLBeI}}, nice to meet you.
What's your last name? *

What is your phone number? *

Who are you submitting on behalf of? *

Please select the category that fits best.

Ok, you're submitting on behalf of yourself. Note that individual submission is reserved for those not representing themselves commercially, meaning you will be recognized in Festival literature as {{answer_et3mDbsVLBeI}} {{answer_Wj1jeQBjQ3MX}}.

If that is correct click continue, otherwise click the back arrow below and select "For-Profit" to enter a business name.

Great! Note that there is a one-time fee of $1,000 for For-Profit businesses to participate in the Seattle Design Festival.

This fee is waived if your business is already a Design in Public sponsor at the $1000+ level
What is the name of the For-Profit Business you are submitting on behalf of? *

Great! What is the name of the Non-Profit Organization or Community Group you represent?

Great! What is the name of the Government Department or Organization you represent?

What are you proposing for this year's Festival? *

Thanks! From now on we'll refer to your proposal as a Partner Event

Please review the Partner Events Organizers Kit at before continuing.

Which of these best describes your Partner Event? *

What would you like to title your Partner Event *

Give us a brief description of what you'd like to do *

300 characters max. (ex. an evening film series centered on trust within our community)
Give us a full description of your Partner Event. *

Treat this as final copy for the printed brochure, website, online calendar, and any other promotional materials for the Festival. Make it clear, descriptive, and compelling so people know why they should attend your program and what to expect. Include information about specific audiences you wish to attend, if any. Be as specific as you can.

Note: You will receive an opportunity to revise this text upon acceptance.
Please provide names and a brief bio on key presenters

if known
Briefly, tell us how your program relates to this year's theme of TRUST. *

300 characters max
Complete this sentence: 'This program exists in order to... *

What are you trying to achieve through hosting your program? Why are you doing this and why is it important to the larger community? 500 characters max
In addition to members of the general public do you have any particular target audience members?

300 characters max
Will {{answer_S6wLLcu0qygN}} be free or ticketed? *

The Seattle Design Festival asks that all partner events not turn away any individuals for lack of funds.

In order to be eligible for the Festival your partner event must take place between September 8th and September 21st. We're going to ask you to choose three preferred dates and times within those two weeks.

Please select your first choice for the Date & Time of your event *

Please select your second choice for date and time *

Please select your third choice for date and time *

What will be the location or venue for {{answer_S6wLLcu0qygN}}

if known
Please select any accessibility feature of your program or venue

if known

Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about your proposal? Do you have any questions for us?

300 characters max
The Seattle Design Festival Block Party is an annual outdoor event that takes place on Occidental Ave S between S Jackson Street and S Washington Street.

The Block Party is a multi-day commitment; all Block Party installations are required to provide staffing on each of the following days:

Build/Assembly Day - Friday, September 7 (while assembling)
Block Party Day 1 - Saturday, September 8 (10AM-7PM)
Block Party Day 2 - Sunday, September 9 (10AM - 5PM)

I have read and agree to the Block Party guidelines *

the Block Party Organizers Kit is located at
the Block Party Organizers Kit is located at
What is the title of your installation? *

120 characters max
Describe your installation? *

Be clear and concise. Describe the actual thing you will be building in broad terms. (ex. "A wooden climbing wall made from a recycled dock & cereal boxes")
500 characters max
Tell us how your installation relates to the theme of TRUST *

300 characters max
Please provide the overall dimensions for your installation in WxDxH format. *

Installations can be no larger than 10ft wide x 10ft deep x 15ft tall.
Proposals beyond this size limit will be rejected without review.
Upload an image (1200px x 800px JPG ONLY) of your installation. Include dimensions if possible. *

Show us a picture, sketch, or rendering of what this installation actually looks like.
Please select all your preferred zones. *

Note that zones A, B, and C are quiet zones. Generators and/or any noise-making installations are not allowed in this area.

Memorandum of Understanding.

I agree that, if accepted, I will provide any requested updates (final dates, access info, etc) no later than July 6th at 5PM PST
I agree that, if accepted, I will provide any requested updates (final dates, access info, etc) no later than July 6th at 5PM PST
Thanks {{answer_et3mDbsVLBeI}} we've logged your proposal: {{answer_S6wLLcu0qygN}}{{answer_hi1sRLmfd9K6}}!

You will receive an email with your responses at {{answer_lrLqnecrXyST}}

Accepted proposals will be notified by the end of May

Don't forget to follow the 2018 Seattle Design Festival on social media at @DiPSeattle and @SeaDesignFest

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