Design Museum Portland Launches Design Museum Mornings

Design Museum Portland Launches Design Museum Mornings Blog  Design Museum Portland

May 1, 2017—PORTLAND, OR—Design Museum Portland is proud to bring the city of Portland Design Museum Mornings, a new monthly morning lecture series addressing the extensive and variable range of impact that design has on communities.

These events are created to inspire you before your day begins and bring you closer to the Design Museum Portland community. Each event will include a short presentation by a local thought-leader, free breakfast, and great people to wake up with. Design Museum Mornings events are hosted and sponsored by various generous businesses of the Greater Portland area. Each Design Museum Mornings will focus on a topic within one of our twelve impact areas: Business, Diversity, Data Visualization, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, Education, Play, Social Impact, Sustainability, Vibrant Cities, and Workplace Innovation.

“Bringing Design Museum Mornings to Portland has been a dream of ours for a long time. The city’s design community is ripe with innovation, creativity, and an eagerness to learn, and we want to be able to showcase that energy to the public. Design Museum Mornings isn’t about design for designers – it’s about design for everyone.” – Sam Aquillano, Executive Director of Design Museum Portland.


Kicking off this monthly series is Designers Taking Action, May 5th at the AIA Center for Architecture, featuring Portland native Natalie Sundeleaf Sept, who has found her passion at the intersection of activism, design, engagement, and art.


Design has an extensive impact on how social movements are activated. Designers are engaging in campaigns and social issues at increasing levels, and non-traditional designers are learning and implementing design practices for a more effective movement. Natalie will discuss how designers, makers, and artists react to times of change through both resistance and forward thinking. Natalie calls herself a meeter and a maker, and turned her energy into activism when she worked on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Post-election, Natalie returned to PDX and organized What Now, a powerful event at Revolution Hall discussing the future of the Portland community with 1500 passionate attendees.

This public event takes place the morning of May 5th at the AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 and is open to all!

The Design Museum Mornings program continues to fulfill the Museum’s mission to bring the transformative power of design to the world with its next event on June 9th at Hand-Eye Supply on NW Broadway. The second program in the series will tackle Invoking Change Through Modular Design with Todd Ferry, Research Associate and Faculty Fellow at the Center for Public Interest Design within PSU’s School of Architecture. Todd will share how creating socially-conscious mobile spaces can address community concerns, from education, to homes, to opera-on-wheels.

Portlanders can expect impactful topics each month across the city. Design Museum members can attend each event for free, and not-yet-member tickets are sold for $10 each. Doors open at 8:30am and the event will wrap up at 10:00am. Breakfast and coffee will be provided. If you are interested in hosting one of these events, please contact us directly.


About Design Museum Portland
At Design Museum Portland, we believe design can change the world. Done well, it can elevate our quality of life, make businesses more competitive, and protect our environment. Design awareness, education, and expertise are more important now than ever before as design continues to impact communities, organizations, and markets around the world. Design Museum Portland is redefining what it means to be a museum in the 21st century — we’re online, nomadic, and accessible to all through a network of exhibitions, events, and content. Our mission: Bring the transformative power of design everywhere, to inspire a world full of creative problem solvers.


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