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Chicago Design Week 2018



We are excited to announce a call for event proposals to shape the eighth annual Chicago Design Week—seven days worth of programming and events dedicated to a close examination of the fluid and evolving state of design and the role it plays in society. If your proposal is accepted, the Chicago Design Week committee will promote the event you organize. This is a unique opportunity to engage with the Chicago community to create relationships, explore ideas, challenge the status quo, and evolve the profession.

As the world around us evolves at an ever-quickening pace, design is becoming an increasingly fluid pursuit. Regardless of discipline or focus, today’s practitioners are tasked with navigating an increasingly complex, shifting landscape. The definition of design is evolving away from traditional notions of craft towards something much broader—designers craft strategies rather than static artifacts, nimble and evolving systems rather than codified toolkits. Design as an output is viewed by a growing global audience as a critical tool for helping society come to terms with the complexities that surround us.Design and the role it plays—like the world around us—is in a constant state of motion.

So this year, Chicago Design Week is focused on an examination of the evolving definitions, responsibilities, and societal expectations shaping the designer today.



Call for Proposals opens: June 14
Proposals due: July 20
Selections made: August 3
Event information and graphics due: September 3
Chicago Design Week: October 27–November 3



We encourage all members of the design community to submit proposals for Chicago Design Week programming that explores this year’s Intersections in Design theme. Interpretation in regards to topic and format is entirely up to you.

This call is open to all—Chicago-based or beyond. However a local representative is recommended since Chicago Design Week events should take place on Chicago turf, and you will be responsible for executing your idea.

The Chicago Design Week programming committee will review all proposals for inclusion in the official Chicago Design Week programming slate.









For more information about this competition, please contact us or fill in the form.