FAQ

What is Bend Design?

Bend Design gathers the people, inspiration, and tools we need to shape the future together—thoughtfully and passionately. Every October, we convene creative thinkers from a diverse range of practices and professions for talks, shows, workshops, screenings, and problem-solving sessions. And let’s not forget the parties, meetups, and roadtrips.

This year, we’ll delve into conversations that conjure a future of greater imagination, equity, and sustainability. Together we’ll explore how creative thinking and practices can improve our lives, our communities, and the wider world.

 

Who makes it all happen?

Celebrating its fifth year, Bend Design is is presented by Scalehouse, a nonprofit organization now accepting new memberships.

 

Who should attend?

People with warm hearts, creative souls, and curious minds. It’s not just about designers. Our presenters and participants include architects, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, trades professionals, educators, students, researchers, writers, executives, activists, engineers, musicians, civic leaders, city planners, and everyday citizens.

 

What will we do?

Pre-Event Evening, WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24 / Obey Giant film screening.

Day 1: THURSDAY OCTOBER 25 / Talks at the Tower Theatre. Creative leaders share their work and wisdom at the historic Tower Theatre stage. During breaks, we pursue ideas, conversations, and refreshments in the At Liberty Arts Collaborative space two doors down.

Day 2: FRIDAY OCTOBER 26 / Workshop Day. Dive deeper during interactive workshops, hosted conversations, meetups, collaborative projects, intimate panels, and more. These take place at multiple venues around beautiful downtown Bend, Oregon. “NOTE: We’re still finalizing the Workshop schedule. After you register for Bend Design, we’ll email you when Workshop signups begin.”

Day 3: SATURDAY OCTOBER 27 / Bend Design For Good Day. Join the Design for Good team to help solve pressing challenges in our region. Design thinkers unite with civic and nonprofit leaders to take meaningful action in just half a day.

 

What does Bend Design offer people like me?

Participants leave Bend Design armed with new perspectives from innovative optimists who use creativity to tackle complex problems. Every year we make new connections, collaborate on new projects, and learn new skills. Gathering with so many creative minds gives us the energy to pursue solutions to problems in our lives, our community, and the world.

Bend Design’s intimate, welcoming atmosphere enables the leaders of tomorrow to engage with exceptional, experienced creatives. And everyone goes home with some very nice swag.

 

What is Bend Design’s accessibility policy?

Bend Design’s goal is to be inclusive and accessible to all. Please let us know if you have specific accessibility needs and we will do everything in our power to accommodate you. Please  contact us with any special accessibility requests thirty days in advance of prior to the event.

 

Who are this year’s speakers?

Learn more about our speakers here.

 

How much does it cost?

$200 for Thursday and Friday (Students: $90)
Saturday: al a carte ($25.00 each session)

Price includes Wednesday evening’s pre-event activities, Thursday Talks, and Friday Workshops. “Bend Design for Good” Community Workshops on Saturday are in addition and a la carte.

Group Pricing:
3-pack $190 per pass, 5 -pack $180 per pass and 10-pack $170 per pass.

 

How do I register?

Visit: www.benddesign.org/register

Price includes Wednesday evening’s pre-event activities, Thursday Talks, and Friday Workshops. “Bend Design for Good” Community Workshops on Saturday are in addition and a la carte.

When you register, you’ll create a Bend Design login account for yourself.

PLEASE NOTE: Thursday Talks are included in your Pass and don’t require additional signup. You do, however, need to sign-up for Friday and Saturday Workshops.

You’ll have the opportunity to select Workshops during registration. If you do not have time to sign up for Workshops right now, be sure to come back and sign up later. Signups are required for Workshops.

 

How do the Workshops work? Do I need to sign up?

Yes! There are over 20 available Workshops on Friday, ranging from interactive workshops to lectures and films.

Workshops happen during four time slots:

  1. 8:30am to 10:00am
  2. 10:30am to 12:00pm
  3. 1:30pm to 3:00pm
  4. 3:30pm to 5:00pm

You must sign up for each Workshop you’d like to attend. If you didn’t sign up during registration, you can sign up later. See “How do I sign up for Workshops?” below.

NOTE: We’re still finalizing the Workshop schedule. After you register for Bend Design, we’ll email you when Workshop signups begin.”

 

How do I change my Workshop signups?

Each Workshop signup is saved as a “ticket”; in your Bend Design account. You must cancel an existing workshop signup before you can sign up for another workshop in the same time slot.

> First, log into your Bend Design account (the one you created when you bought your Pass)
> Go to Menu
> Click on My Tickets
> Click on the Gear to the right of the Barcode
> Click Cancel Ticket
>Cancel Ticket
Now you can register for another Workshop. To do so, go to Menu, click Schedule, and make your new selection.

NOTE: We’re still finalizing the Workshop schedule. After you register for Bend Design, we’ll email you when Workshop signups begin.”

 

I already bought my pass. How do I sign up for Workshops?

Each Workshop signup is saved as a “ticket”; in your Bend Design account.

> Log into your Bend Design account (the one you created when you bought your Pass).
> Click on My Tickets to view any workshops you are currently signed up for.
> To sign up for a Workshop, go to Menu, click Schedule, and make your new selection.

NOTE: We’re still finalizing the Workshop schedule. After you register for Bend Design, we’ll email you when Workshop signups begin.”

 

Where does Bend Design happen?

Bend Design takes place in beautiful Bend, Oregon, a small town with big ideas. With its sunshine, wilderness, and frontier mentality, Bend attracts diverse creative talent, fostering a culture of inspired possibility.

Registration takes place at the At Liberty Arts Collaborative, located at 849 NW Wall Street, just two doors down from the Tower Theatre. Thursday Talks take place at the historic Tower Theatre. Workshops and other gatherings take place at various locations throughout downtown Bend.

 

Where should I stay?

Bend has many lodging options available, from luxury resorts and lodges to boutique hotels and vacation homes. Our lodging partners are Oxford Hotel and DoubleTree by Hilton. Visit benddesign.org/visit for lodging deals.

 

Is there good food in Bend?

Yes indeed. We have great coffee houses, taco shops, fine dining, food carts and bars all over town. Some of our favorites are BellaTazza Coffee, Barrio, Joolz, 900 Wall, Jackson’s Corner, Zydeco, Velvet, Mother’s Juice Cafe, Crow’s Feet, Looney Bean, and Stihl Whiskey Bar … yes, we like to eat and drink.

What else can I do in the Bend area?

A lot! Here are a few resources:

High Desert Museum
Visit Bend Instagram
Visit Bend
Bend Art Center
Bend Whitewater Park
Mt. Bachelor LiveCAM
Bike Rental / Biking and Running Trails
Mountain Bike Tours
Heli Tours
SUP & Boat Rentals on the Deschutes

Plus, we have two great outlets that keep the pulse on events in town:

The Source Weekly
The Bend Bulletin, Go Magazine

 

Where can I keep up with Bend Design?

Bend Design Twitter
Bend Design Instagram
Bend Design Facebook

 

Can I transfer my Pass?

Yes, you can.

Log into your Bend Design account (the one you created when you bought your Pass).

> Go to Menu
> Click on My Passes; a list of all your Passes will show up
> Click on the Gear to the right of the Barcode, click Transfer Pass
> Complete the form with the email address of the person you want to transfer the Pass to

 

I have more questions.

Let us know if you have any questions on how we can help with your Bend Design experience.

Give us a call at 541-390-4025 or email us at hello@benddesign.org.