Baltimore Design Week IS BACK!

This fall, Baltimore’s 6th Annual Design Week is back! Join us in October for another week-­long celebration of design and designers in Baltimore.

From Monday, Oct. 16 through Saturday, Oct. 21, enjoy a series of presentations, workshops, and social events, all curated to inspire, strengthen, and showcase the Baltimore design community.

We’re excited to have you join the amazing events & guests upcoming, so register now below, and check back daily for updates as we get closer to the big week. Share your excitement online with the hashtag #BmoreDW17 on your favorite social media feeds. We can’t wait to see you there!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM


Aesthetic, function and particularity of spatial experiences are crucial to evoke emotional and intellectual responses, as opposed to hyper-connected subjectivity or arrested sociality of rising spectacles. Join us for Design Week, where Udit discusses the role of UX in multi-functional spaces, where new materials, technologies, and media come together to create encounters, build connections, shape behaviors and explore relationships over hours, days and years



Wednesday, October 18, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Join Natasha Jen of Pentagram and six local creatives as they explore the when, why, and how of the rebranding process.

Natasha Jen kicks off the event, sharing insights from her work at Pentagram such as the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream rebrand and the Border City project. She will be joined by David Ashton of Ashton Design, Illiah Manger of C&V Creative Studio, Amber Schleuning and Melissa Chapman of the VA Center for Innovation, and Paul Bianco and Dustin Fritz of ORANGEHAT.



Thursday, October 19, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Join us for a sneak peek at Jack Kirby Unbound! at the Spur Gallery before it opens to the public. Exhibit will feature original art, comics, posters, and enlarged reproductions that celebrate the 100th birthday of the King of Comics! Includes a gallery talk by illustrator, designer, and Kirby enthusiast David Plunkert.



Friday, October 20, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Join AIGA Baltimore and Bowie State University for as they host ex-Minister of Culture for the Black Panthers, Emory Douglass who will discuss the intersection of Design and Activism.

Emory Douglas became politically involved at the age of 24 as Revolutionary Artist and then Minister of Culture for the Black Panther party. Mr. Douglas™s powerful images portrayed through the party™s newspapers, posters and pamphlets spoke to social injustices experienced by black and other oppressed people in the U.S. and around the world. While his works often address issues of race, it also exudes empowerment in the face of poverty, discrimination, and imperialism.



Friday, October 20, 2017
12:00 PM – 4:30 PM


Join us for an exciting day of tours through three of Baltimore’s innovative design and advertising agencies: Kapowza, Early Light Media, and Alexander & Tom.



Saturday, October 21, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Come join us at Indigo Ink to wrap up Design Week with a demonstration by our print sponsor, Indigo Ink! Indigo Ink will be taking us on a studio tour, as well as demonstrating white ink printing. There will be takeaways! Every attendee will receive one free drink ticket to our Design on Tap at Hysteria Brewery, which starts just afterward.



Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM


A conversation and behind-the-scenes look at the rebranding of the Maryland Film Festival and how Baltimore’s grandest movie theater was turned into a 21st-century landmark. Presented by AIA Baltimore & AIGA Baltimore as part of Design Month 2017.



AIGA Baltimore thanks our Design Week 2017 sponsors for their support!

AIGA Baltimore Annual 2017 Print Sponsor

Indigo Ink

AIGA Baltimore Annual 2017 Board Meeting Sponsor

Indigo Ink

Design Week 2017 Sponsors

Design Week 2017
Branding Sponsor


Design Week 2017
Video Sponsor

Design Week 2017 Venue Sponsors

Become a Partner or Sponsor of Design Week

Interested in becoming a Baltimore Design Week 2017 sponsor? We’re looking for partnerships that will help support promotions, swag bags, lite fare, libations, and general frivolity at events during Design Week.

AIGA Baltimore attracts a wide range of creative professionals to design-centric events in and around Baltimore, in addition to our website, email blasts, and social media feeds. Design Week 2017 sponsorship benefits may include:

  • link/logo placement on Design Week 2017 print materials (e.g., posters and signage) and digital materials (i.e., eblasts and the Design Week website and event pages)
  • social media shout outs leading up to, during, and after Design Week
  • free entry to Design Week events, where you can meet and mingle with our members, speakers, and other special guests
  • the ability to briefly address and introduce your business to event attendees
  • a special sponsor feature profile on our blog

Become a sponsor and spread your message to thousands of passionate designers and design enthusiasts in our community. Contact us at to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for writers, photographers, videographers, and set-up/breakdown help. As a volunteer, you’ll have free entry to the event(s) you volunteer for, the opportunity to meet Design Week speakers and AIGA Baltimore board members, plus all the social media love you can stand. Contact to learn more.

Want to help plan Design Week 2017? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch!

Refund Policy: Please note that in order to continue to provide quality programming, our policy is not to issue refunds unless an event has been cancelled.