Chicago Design Week 2017: Call for Proposals

Chicago Design Week 2017
October 16–20


This October, Chicago Design Week is focusing on Intersections in Design. We are excited to announce a call for event proposals to shape our Chicago Design Week event schedule. If your proposal is accepted, the Chicago Design Week committee will promote the event you organize. This is a unique opportunity to engage with Chicago design and the community to create relationships, explore ideas, and challenge the status quo.

Applications due: August 21
Selections made: September 4–8
Chicago Design Week: October 16–20


The definition of design and its role in society is evolving at a rapid pace. A deepening overlap between disciplines, skills, roles, perspectives, industries, communities and more has never been more apparent or more integral to how the design community defines itself. Collaboration and debate, synchronicity and tension—these forces are driving the evolution of our profession, the world around us, and role we play within it.

This year’s Design Week is 7 days worth of programming and events dedicating to the topic at hand—a deep examination of the various intersections impacting the design world and our broader communities.

What intersections impact or interest you? How can you bring that dialog to the city-wide platform that is Chicago Design Week? Let’s create this year together!


We encourage all members of the design community to submit proposals for Chicago Design Week programming that explores this year’s Intersections in Design theme. Interpretation in regards to topic and format is entirely up to you.

This call is open to all—Chicago-based or beyond. However a local representative is recommended since Chicago Design Week events should take place on Chicago turf, and you will be responsible for executing your idea.

The Chicago Design Week programming committee—a joint partnership between members of AIGA Chicago, Chicago Design Museum, and the Society of Typographic Arts—will review all proposals for inclusion in the official Chicago Design Week programming slate.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Event approval and selection will be made by the Chicago Design Week programming committee the week of September 4th.

Applicants will be responsible for: planning their event hosting their event and securing an event location creating registration for their event marketing their own event finding/paying for speakers (if needed) for their event catering their own event securing own event insurance if necessary securing sponsorship or other partnerships if required

Chicago Design Week will be responsible for: posting all Chicago Design Week approved events on the CDW website and social channels promoting all Chicago Design Week events providing a Chicago Design Week logo for event hosts to use on marketing materials


Please contact AIGA Chicago Director of Communications, Kelly Knaga at with any questions.


Fill out an application now!

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Design Director David Sieren’s experience encompasses user-research and brand strategy as well as interactive design. At One Design, he’s at the forefront of brand and communication strategy for our client portfolio. Formally trained as a designer, throughout his career he’s been involved in design and branding initiatives for clients large and small, including Caterpillar, Jones Lang LaSalle, Nike, Herman Miller Healthcare and others. David is part of the Post Family, President of AIGA Chicago, and adjunct faculty at DePaul University.

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