After a successful launch in 2011, Seattle Design Festival returns this weekend for its second go. The slate of events is fairly robust, so we trimmed it to our top five picks:
FYI Is a Poster Show
Infographics have become the hot trend in graphic design and data analysis. As part of the festival, local designers such as Killer Infographics (whose awesome work is pictured) come together for a poster show. Learn about Seattle politics, sports, technology, and the difference between Seattle and Silicon Valley geeks while checking out art worthy of your wall. Sept 21–23, Design Block (John St between Ninth and Westlake), free.
International Interior Design Association Speaker Series
Get a crash course on interior design theory from six IIDA pros. Topics include how our left brain tendencies effect design perspective, the innovative and colorful cloth works of Alexander Girard, and how a new generation of workers in the U.S., India, and China are reshaping the workplace. The evening will feature three hour-long sessions (at 6, 7, and 8) so participants can choose which three presentations they most want to see. After all, what would interior design be without mixing and matching? Sept 21 at 6, Cornish College of Arts, free (claim tickets online).
Rethink Reuse: 520 Bridge Competition Jury Discussion
Seattle’s 520 floating bridge will be decommissioned in 2014 and the city will have to do something with its 33 floating concrete pontoons. Thankfully, designers have been brainstorming ideas on how to reuse the bridge, from a simple repurposing to a complete teardown. The jury judging the competition will discuss the top designs and announce winners. Sept 21 at 5:30, 415 Westlake Ave N, $25 (included as part of the Upcycle Seattle events).
The Gruen Effect: Victor Gruen and the Shopping Mall
SIFF Cinema at the Film Center will screen the documentary The Gruen Effect: Victor Gruen and the Shopping Mall, a German film about the utopian designs of architect Victor Gruen. While he's considered the father of the shopping mall, his vision wasn't the suburban sprawl of modern mini-malls. Gruen envisioned sites with a European town center feel, complete with schools, parks, and hospitals, but consumer culture and money-hungry investors derailed his dream. Sept 21 at 9, SIFF Cinema at the Film Center, $10.
Pub Quiz: Design Trivia
Do friends get annoyed when you point out every building’s architect? Are your coffee tables covered with books on graphic design? Get together a four-person team, grab a round of drinks, and show Seattle that you can tell your Frank Mason Robinsons from your Frank Lloyd Wrights. Sept 22 at 4, re:public restaurant & bar, $10.
Seattle Design Festival
Sept 20–23, Design Block (John St between Ninth and Westlake), visit website for prices