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Design in the time of a Pandemic

Virtual Edition: June 15th - 25th, 2020

Top San Francisco Bay Area design firms come together through virtual talks, tours and workshops to demonstrate high levels of thought leadership during the pandemic era.

"Above: Spotlight With Zahid Sardar": Palo Alto private residence. Architecture by Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney. Photo credit: Matthew Millman.

The 14th Annual SAN FRANCISCO DESIGN WEEK(SFDW), which attracts annually 60,000 visitors from around the world, is returning this year as the first regional virtual design festival. The all-online program kicks off June 15-25, celebrating with the provocative theme “Intentional Distortions” which is now more relevant than ever. Over 150 participating Bay Area and West Coast design firms inspire with original ideas and creative solutions to help businesses survive in a post-pandemic world.

Highlights include talks, webinars, web-conferences, and virtual tours with leading designers in multi-disciplines, from user experience, interactive design, and branding, to architecture, interior design, and fashion. The2020 Design Awardsare juried by top industrial professionals, including architect Takashi Yanai, FAIA; interior designer Catherine Kwong; and Google Product Design Lead Irina Blok.

"The challenges of the pandemic affords us an opportunity to reimagine how we celebrate design at a time of uncertainty and unprecedented restrictions,” says SFDW Executive Director Dawn Zidonis. “We as designers will rise to the challenge by transitioning our design festival to a virtual experience, giving access internationally to powerful ideas shaping the future, born in our region. San Francisco Design Week is a call to action to work together using design to solve global issues." 


Most events require an All-Access Pass, $39, unless otherwise stated:

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