Explore what makes design in the Bay Area so unique. From tech inventions to culture changing products, human centered design, emerging fashion to international architecture, San Francisco Design Week is an opportunity to experience the regions unique design talents, impact and innovations. From household products you use in your home and car to tech you wear or carry in your pocket, San Francisco is a hub of innovation like no other. We’ll discuss, debate, explore, celebrate and showcase San Francisco’s broad influence on the design world and beyond.
SF Design Week spans the entire Bay Area from Silicon Valley to the city of San Francisco. With more than 60 studio tours and 200 events throughout the week featuring world-renowned designers, entrepreneurs and innovative thought leaders.
SF Design Week is a community event led by a team of advisors and a core committee which represents the diversity of design disciplines in the Bay Area. The event is produced by AIGA SF, the professional association for design, a 501(3)c and the oldest and largest membership association for professionals engaged in the discipline, practice and culture of designing.
The San Francisco chapter of AIGA is one of the biggest and most active in the country. Run by Executive Director, Dawn Zidonis and a volunteer board of directors including President Lily Shen, the organization celebrates design and provides unparalleled opportunities for networking within the local design community and a variety of resources to advance professionalism and broaden knowledge. AIGA SF’s events stimulate discourse and enrich the collective experience of design.
The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution based in San Francisco.
The Academy recently opened a new facility in Golden Gate State Park, a 400,000 square foot structure that houses an aquarium, a planetarium a natural history museum and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof.
The Center for Architecture + Design enhances public appreciation for architecture and design, both locally and internationally, through exhibitions, lectures, tours, films, and other programs that reveal the richness of the design arts.
Founded in 2005, the Center for Architecture + Design is a collaborative environment where design organizations and affiliates share not only space, but ideas.
The CJM has distinguished itself as a welcoming place where visitors can connect with one another through dialogue and shared experiences with the arts.
Ever changing, the CJM is a non-collecting institution that partners with national and international cultural institutions to present exhibitions that are both timely and relevant and represent the highest level of artistic achievement and scholarship.
Cort. Italia promotes Italian language, culture, and the best of Italy in its assigned consular area by disseminating information about Italy, offering scholarships, and presenting cultural events.
Including art exhibits, film screenings, concerts, lectures, book presentations, poetry readings and round table discussions. Its goal is to foster mutual understanding and cultural cooperation between Italy and the United States.
The IxDA is a global network dedicated to the professional practice of Interaction Design.
With the help of more than 50,000 members since 2003, the IxDA network provides an online forum for the discussion of interaction design issues and other opportunities and platforms for people who are passionate about interaction design to gather and advance the discipline.
The SEGD is an association of people who create content-rich, emotionally compelling, experiential spaces for a wide range of environments, from hospitals and transit hubs to museums and educational campuses.
Our work creates a sense of place, helps people find their way, communicates important information, and fuels a dialogue between users and the spaces they inhabit.
San Francisco Fashion and Merchants Alliance, Inc.
SFFAMA is a 501(c)3 education and economic development non-profit corporation and the largest fashion industry organization in California.
RENAISSANCE BY THE BAY – San Francisco is working on rebalancing the tech economy by leveraging our world-leading technology and innovation assets to redevelop other strategic cultural and economic sectors – SFFAMA implements this development strategy by combining technology, innovation and entrepreneurship with creative communities in fashion, wearables, retail, design, and the arts.
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of designers, industry representatives, educators and students committed to interior design.
Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, we strive to advance the interior design profession, demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. More than 24,000 nationwide members participate in a network of 48 chapters throughout the USA and Canada. The California North Chapter, chartered in November 1931, is one of the longest-serving chapters in the country. We helped to found the ASID National Society in 1975. Our chapter has 400+ professional designers and students and 170+ industry partner members. We gather at networking and holiday parties, Continuing Education Credit courses and Lunch & Learn seminars with local and national design companies and product reps, and sometimes just for fun! Visit us online at asidcalnorth.com.
The Book Club of California is a non-profit, membership-supported organization founded in 1912. The Club supports book making, fine printing, design, typography, illustration, literature, and scholarship through a dynamic series of publications, public programs, and exhibitions related to the history of the book in California and the West.
Lily Shen President, AIGA SF
Lily is an executive director in marketing at IDEO who is passionate about building brands and experiences that people love.
Ti Chang Advisor
Co-Founder & VP of Design at Crave. Specialties: Industrial design, product, brand development,consumer research; Overseas manufacturing
Max Batt Interactive Lead
A Bay Area product designer focused on emerging experiences, Max brings his passion for interface and systems design to SF Design Week. Max leads strategy and design efforts related to sfdw.org.
Joe Miller Events Chair, South Bay
Joe Miller is a designer and design educator. His work has been widely published and exhibited, and is included in the AIGA Design Archives.
He is principal of joe miller’s company, a design office specializing in identity and brand development through graphic, typographic, and environmental design for clients ranging from regional cultural institutions to global technology corporations. Joe helps facilitate events for SF Design Week in Silicon Valley.
Priti returns to San Francisco Design Week in 2017.
Robin Juan Events/ Studio Tours Lead
New to San Francisco Design Week in 2017.
Aly Holmes Events/ Studio Tours Lead
New to San Francisco Design Week in 2017.
Mary Banas Studio Tours Lead
Mary Banas is a strategic designer and dedicated design educator currently teaching at California College of the Arts. Mary brings her passion for connecting people to SF Design week with the studio crawl.
Christine Liao Publications Lead // Interactive
UX Designer at Autodesk who loves creating beautiful and impactful experiences. Christine is passionate about design as a platform for outreach and education.
Jonna Constantine PR/ Marketing Lead
Media and agency veteran. Excited to champion SFDW’s breadth of opportunities in 2017.