It’s comin’ up quick! Design Week Portland is “a week-long, city-wide series of programs exploring the process, craft, and practice of design across all disciplines.” April 15-21, all four corners of Portland will see a flurry of design-related talks, events, workshops, studio tours, and shows. This is a huge week for designers, but also offers a ton of interesting content to non-designers. And many of the events are low-cost, or even free.

Taking a new format this year, there will be a main stage with interesting talks and presentations from a variety of creatives. Aside from purely design-related talks, check out talks around public space, even food culture:

Who has the right to the city?
Design, Justice, and Public Space
By Reiko Hillyer, Lewis and Clark

How does food shape place?
The Renaissance that Remade Portland and America
By Mike Thelin, Feast Portland

Maybe you’re curious about the letterpress craze? Check out the Letterpress Printers Fair (free admission, family friendly!) Learn about Digital Storytelling with the Oregonian, or gawk at some beautifully designed homes on the AIA Portland Homes Tour.

I haven’t decided what I’ll sneak away from my desk for, but a few of the events have already sold out, so we’d all better hop to it.

See you there!