Vancouver Design Week announces dates and theme for 2018 event

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      Vancouver Design Week, the city’s official interdisciplinary design festival, has announced that it will return for a full week-long program from May 7 to 13. This third edition will follow the theme of “impact” to highlight how the work of local designers influences our society and environment on a regional and international level.

      Once again, the event will offer Vancouverites the chance to tour a number of design studios and buildings; engage with food and drink as part of the Design Tastings series; and hear from architects, branding experts, and others working in the design industries at one of many talks and workshops. New to 2018’s lineup is Design Landmarks, which will offer attendees the opportunity to explore and learn about spaces that have been voted by Vancouverites as among the city’s “most impactful”, and Design Editions, which will see the “impact” subject extended to existing design-centric events such as Creative Mornings and PechaKucha.

      “We’re all impacted by design every day and its impacts are never neutral—design either improves quality of life or hinders it for one or more,” said Jennifer Cutbill, board member of the Vancouver Design Foundation, the non-profit that operates VDW, in a media release. “By engaging and supporting local design talent, and by involving more people in articulating challenges and informing potentials, we can amplify the capacity of Vancouver design for even greater positive impact, locally and globally.”

      VDW is now calling on design studios, architecture firms, and other design-related companies and projects to participate in this year’s edition of VDW. Interested parties should register online before March 29.

      Founded in 2014 and run entirely by volunteers from the local design community, VDW champions creative minds in industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, and everything in between. Although the festival took place over 14 days in its inaugural year, it failed to return in 2016 due to a lack of funding. VDW ran an abridged three-day format titled Vancouver Design Week(end) last year, during which over 60 events took place around the city showcasing local design collectives like Willow & Stump and Hapa Collective.

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