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Release Date: 08/28/2014

Seattle Design Festival at The Seattle Public Library Sept. 13-14

2014 Seattle Design Festival: Design in Motion

The Seattle Public Library will host the 2014 Seattle Design Festival, featuring 20 free programs over two days that explore the theme "Design in Motion."


The fourth annual festival is free and open to the public. Registration is not required for most presentations; check the Library's calendar for details. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $7.


Engage with Seattle designers and community leaders in this unique mixing of disciplines and intersecting fields as they gather to unpack the festival's "Design in Motion" theme. Choose from 20 programs throughout the two-day weekend event, which includes panel discussions, lectures, workshops and a film screening.


See below for the workshop schedule and descriptions or visit the Seattle Design Festival page.


Saturday, Sept. 13

Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1


  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Public Space in Motion: Perspectives on Change
    Hear from Seattle leaders on the ways public space in Seattle has changed and where we go from here.


  • 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. - Seattle: A City in Motion
    Seattle is a fast growing city. Get up to speed on the latest city planning projects, including Seattle 2035. Hosted by City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, City Planning Division.


  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Cornish Students Visualize the History of Motion Design
    Cornish design students share their historical research of early 2D animation, role playing games and the evolution of styles in science-fiction TV shows using ChronoZoom. Hosted by Cornish College of the Arts.


  • 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - When Tactical Urbanism Grows Up: Managing Public Space in Seattle
    City staff embracing "tactical urbanism"? How did that happen? And where does design fit today? Presented by SDOT and SvR Design Company.


  • 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. - Designing for Flight
    Panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities for incorporating design into environments that are constantly in motion, and how design may be better utilized to create healthy and moving user experiences.


  • 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Design in Motion: Design for Positive Change
    How can we as a society use design to influence and encourage human behaviors that will positively impact our future? Presented by Masuma Henry, Arefact.


Level 4, Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room 2


  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Frames in Motion
    This program examines how frame rates in film and video impact us physiologically. Presented by Tiffany Laine De Mott, Cornish College of the Arts.


  • 11:30 a.m. to noon - Freeboards: Analog Interaction and Public Messaging
    Designer, artist and educator Dan Shafer will present his project "freeboards" and other work.


  • Noon to 1 p.m. - Digital Objects in Motion
    Discussion of our need and adaptation for digital objects (phones, tablets, etc.) in environments. Moderated by Julie Meyers, Cornish College of the Arts.


  • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Trajectories, Cycles, Data and Narratives
    Information aesthetics in landscape architecture as a means of navigating time and scale. Presented by Ann Marie Schneider, Mithun.


  • 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - Design for Social Mobility: Architects Without Borders
    How can design(ers) advance social mobility? Join Architects Without Borders-Seattle to learn from their local projects.


  • 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. - Design for Social Mobility: Architects Without Borders
    How can design(ers) advance social mobility? Join Architects Without Borders-Seattle to learn from their international projects.


  • 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Shoreline Street Ends: Recapturing Small Spaces
    Shoreline street ends are special sites that present unique design opportunities and challenges. Learn how SDOT is approaching these sites and identifying the opportunities they hold.


Level 4, PACCAR Inc. Meeting Room 6



Sunday, Sept. 14

Level 1, SirsiDynix Gallery


  • Noon to 6 p.m.  - Little Free Library Exhibition
    View the entries to the "Libraries on the Loose Design/Build Competition" in which teams were asked to design, build and steward a Little Free Library prototype in neighborhoods around Seattle.


Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium


  • 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Film Screening: 'Drawing on Life'
    Focusing on drawing as thinking, the international premier of "Drawing on Life" follows eight Irish architects into their sketchbooks.


  • 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. - PKN SEA vol. 57: Designing Leadership
    The afternoon will bring together presenters from across the design community to explore the ways in which design can uniquely lead, the ways in which design leadership has evolved, the ways in which we foster a culture of leadership within our community, and the rich set of opportunities ahead, focusing on members of our community that are leading design in unique, powerful, wonderful ways.


Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1


  • 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Community Mobility & Universal Design
    Explore mobility challenges and design that are appealing, equitable, flexible and intuitive for all. Quite literally, this program explores the intersection of design and motion-how the network of transportation services can be designed to enhance travel from origin to destination.


Level 4, Howard S. Wright Family & Janet W. Ketcham Meeting Room 2


  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Architecture Infrastructure for Social Mobility
    A lecture and discussion challenging design to facilitate and advance the social mobility of a community. Panel members are local and national designers who explore new models and approaches to advance empowerment and social change within historically underserved or overlooked communities.


  • 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Critical Collaboration: Working Better Together
    A rapid-fire charette (intense design session) where designers will experiment with working together on solving Aurora Avenue design issues before the clock runs out!


The festival is presented in partnership with Design in Public.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636, visit Seattle Design Festival or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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