October 22 – 24, 2020

Sparking new conversations and collaborations, Bend Design 2020 will explore how creative thinking can shape our shared future. Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll keep you in the loop.

Scroll down for highlights from our 2019 lineup of talks, workshops, discussions, performances, hands-on exhibits, films, and more in beautiful Bend, Oregon.


2019 Highlights


Join us for a screening of Obey Giant: The Art and Dissent of Shepard Fairey. Meet & mingle with the local Bend community in this free event, co-presented by BendFilm.


Thought-provoking, in-depth talks from Debbie Millman, Martin Venezky, Tré Seals, Liz Jackson, Peter Burr, and more—a full slate of creative luminaries and visionaries. At the Tower Theatre, all day, with emcee Jason Graham/MOWO.


Break out for workshops, meet-ups, film screenings, and collaborations in venues around downtown Bend. New public art funding models? Making zines? Changing real people’s real lives through the built environment? Crash course in type design? It’s all here.


Design for Good in this special session. In our Design Equity Tournament Workshop, Bend Design participants bring their branding and design chops to help a Central Oregon nonprofit serving historically marginalized communities.

Our Crisis of Unhelpfulness / Joel Pilger

October 24 / 9:00 am

Peace by Design / Deanna Van Buren

October 24 / 1:30 pm

Pattern Language / Peter Burr

October 24 / 1:30 pm

Being Vocal / Tré Seals

October 24 / 1:30 pm

Why We Brand, Why We Buy / Debbie Millman

October 24 / 1:30 pm

Making Brands Heroic / Heidi Hackemer

October 25 / 8:30 am

The Gamer’s Way / Aaron LeMay

October 25 / 8:30 am

The Architecture of Light / Stacey Stemach

October 25 / 8:30 am

Making Brands Heroic / Heidi Hackemer

October 25 / 10:30 am

A Closer Look / Martin Venezky

October 25 / 3:30 pm
Liz Jackson headshot

Designing to Reach Disabled People / Liz Jackson

October 26 / Noon - 2:00pm

Design Equity Tournament

On Bend Design’s third day, we’re partnering with Visible, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing equitable access to the work of the creative industry. In a tournament format with judges, workshop participants will provide new branding to an organization that serves an underrepresented community. 

We’re thrilled to announce our Design Equity Design nonprofit, OUT Central Oregon, whose mission is to promote advocacy, education, and visibility for LGBTQ+ people by enabling and fostering community engagement. For more information click here.


Celebrate #CoritaDay with 2 films @Reed_College_ Chapel 6 pm today

Primary Colors, the Story of Corita, narrated by Eva Marie Saint & directed by Jeffrey Hayden & Thomas Conrad’s Alleluia, which follows Corita in the studio as she creates and discusses her printmaking process.

Anyone else take up Eric Heiman’s challenge from his 2019 BND DSGN challenge? We’d love to see your work!!!

Nice work Crahmanti!

Delightful illustrations by Humaria Tasneem of BND DSGN keynote talks of @JBellaGraphics @RevThink @debbiemillman @elizejackson & @deannavanburen