We Design

People. Practice. Progress.

“You can’t be what you can’t see.” Marian Wright Edelman

We Design: People. Practice. Progress. brings together creatives from different backgrounds to examine and celebrate the range of career paths, applications, and impact in design. The exhibition features career stories showcasing how people have forged their unique paths into different creative professions; from graffiti artists and architects to civic designers and research scientists, We Design emphasizes the need for more diversity in the design and innovation fields, and highlights the importance of equity and inclusion in terms of generating ideas.

Clay Creative
240 SE Clay St, Portland, OR

Supported By

What I’m looking forward to about We Design is people getting a chance to see different faces and what design means. There are so many voices involved in this show, and I think what comes out of it is going to be really unbelievably beautiful.”

Jocelyn Rice, Apparel Designer, Columbia Sportswear

Every time Design Museum shows up in a new place, you’re exposing the world to something new…you’re opening doors for people who never thought that it was possible, or didnt even know what exists in the design industry.”

Angela Medlin, Founder FAAS Studio @ Pensole

I think people just have a limited view of what a designer looks like and what a design path even is. Just being able to see different people is really important and helps to inspire. If people can see others that look like them, or have a similar background to them, then they can see themselves in design.”

Hilary Alter, Project Manager, Urban Renaissance Group

Title Address Description
We Design Exhibition
240 SE Clay St, Portland, OR 97214, USA

FEB 13 – APR 24, 2020

Clay Creative
240 SE Clay St., Portland, OR
Hours: T-F:10-6, Sa:12-4

Plan Your Visit

Following the recommendations from Gov. Kate Brown, the State of Oregon, and the Oregon Health Authority regarding the COVID-19 virus, we are working to do our part to slow the immediate threat of infection.

At this time, our We Design exhibition is closed until further notice.

What To Expect

Suenn Ho 
Principal & Urban Designer, RESOLVE Architecture + Planning

Angela Medlin 
Founder, The Functional Apparel & Accessories Studio at Pensole

Apparel & Graphic Designer, Founder, Staple Design

Liz Ogbu
Urban & Social Impact Designer, Studio O

Street Artist

We Design features and celebrates a variety of creative professionals — of differing ages, genders, backgrounds, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities — showcasing their unique career paths within the design industries. You’ll see their stories and their work, as well as learn about the impact design makes in our world.

We Design

People. Practice. Progress.

An exhibition designed to explore careers in creative industries features designers of many backgrounds.

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