Design Week

April 24–28, 2018


How many designers do you know? How often do you see them? When was the last time you had a good design conversation? Virginia is home to thousands and thousands of designers, but this is the Commonwealth’s first design festival.

Charlottesville is an art town, a University town, and a festival town—and now it’s a design town.

Join hundreds of other local designers for a humble series of free public events, each created to teach valuable skills, expose innovative ideas, and introduce new friends.



Our city’s designers find themselves isolated from each other—freelancers, firm employees, and in-house creatives rarely meet.

Through a small series of public and private events, Charlottesville Design Week aims to elevate the public perception and value of design while fostering community among the area’s designers.




Opening Meetup

Tuesday, April 24
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Common House

Kick off the festivities with Tuesday Design Society’s weekly meetup. Introduce yourself, bring a design to show off, and get to know the people behind the Charlottesville Design Week.


Firm Crawl

Wednesday, April 25
1:30pm – 4:30pm
Meet at Central Place (fountain at center of Downtown)

Take a guided tour through Charlottesville’s Downtown design firms. Visit the agencies’ offices, hear about their work, and see the creative opportunities available.


Portfolio Review

Wednesday, April 25
5:30pm – 7:30pm
CitySpace, Conference Room

Sit down with local professionals and get feedback on your design portfolio. Who knows? You might walk away with a job.


Design in 20

Thursday, April 26
7:00pm – 8:45pm
CitySpace, Meeting Room

Short talks by local designers give a cross-section of the year’s design ideas, work, and collaborations.


Creative Mixer

Friday, April 27
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Common House, Terrace

Mix and mingle with the area’s creative class. Meet other freelancers, explore job opportunities,or just make some friends.



Saturday, April 28
Common House, Vinegar Hall North

Learn valuable skills from a variety of local designers and storytellers.


Sign Painters Screening

Saturday, April 28
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Light House Studio Theater

Watch and discuss the award-winning documentary, Sign Painters—completely free! Spaces are limited.



Submit a talk

We’re looking for Virginia’s best design ideas, work, and collaborations from 2017 & 2018. If you have something to share, submit your idea–if selected, you’ll give a quick and casual 20 minute talk to a room of supportive and inquisitive designers.


Lead a workshop

Have a talent or skill to share? Of course you do! Maybe you’re a maestro illustrator, or a gifted color-picker—whatever the skill, other local designs want to learn it. Teach them during a Charlottesville Design Week workshop.


Join the Firm Crawl

If you’re a design firm on the mall, we want to see your office! More specifically, we want to lead a guided tour to all the Downtown’s design destinations. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet potential new employees, engage the community, and show off everything you do.


Sponsor the festival

If you or your organization want to support the Charlottesville Design Week, we have many sponsorship opportunities for you. Get in front of Virginia’s thriving design community.

Learn more


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