2020 Featured Programs

Bay Area Made: Making a Sustainable Future

Digital Exhibition

Digital Gallery
Sustainability is no longer a choice – it’s an imperative! If pollution and the symptoms of global warming such as drought, flooding, wildfires, sea level rise, and species extinction aren’t enough of a warning the coronavirus pandemic Mother Nature has made it abundantly clear and increased the level of urgency. Our future depends on it.

Sustainability is a big, broad term, and knowing where to start can be challenging for us all. The exhibitors in Bay Area Made: Making a Sustainable Future hope the exhibit will provide education and inspiration – important ingredients in creating positive change.


Imagination Space

Virtual Experience

Imagine a place where designers from all over the world can come together to meet, collaborate, and connect. The Roblox Design team has partnered with SF Design Week to create an immersive experience specifically for San Francisco Design Week. This virtual environment is a destination where attendees can come together, celebrate and discuss the newest work, ideas, and people that make SFDW so special.

Experience Imagination Space: Go ahead, you know you want to!


Art on Market Street Poster Series Highlights and Explore Queer Culture for San Francisco’s 50th Anniversary of Gay Pride

Market Street Poster Exhibition

Win Mixter Continues the San Francisco Arts Commission’s ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Gay Pride’ themed Art on Market Street Poster Series with work that honors People, Places, and Protests From SF’s Vibrant Queer Past

Posters will be installed on June 5th and be visible during San Francisco Design Week and SF Pride 2020.

For its 2020 Art on Market Street Poster Series, the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) invited artists to explore and honor the diverse people, places and events of San Francisco’s rich queer culture. Win Mixter is the second artist in the 2020 series, presenting his project “Pride is a Protest,” a series of 36 unique black-and-white posters on 18 different subjects that aims to re-center the narrative around our annual Pride celebrations away from rainbow capitalism to its original principles of resistance and rebellion.


Reification.io VR Tours

VR Tours

ReVision, created by Reification.io, is a multi-user immersive design visualization system for designers to produce a compelling visual representation of their designs that can be experienced by multiple users in person or remotely, using a Desktop or a Virtual Reality headset.

We will be showcasing VR experiences created by the Bay Area community including Nonfiction, Kuth Ranieri, One Hat One Hand, and Studio12.

  • Nonfiction’s VR Tour on Monday, June 22nd, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Kuth Ranieri VR Tour on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
  • One Hat One Hand VR Tour Wednesday, June 24th, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Studio12 VR Tour on Thursday, June 25th, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
  • This experience has limited spots available. Be sure to register!


    Diane Dorrans Saeks Virtual Designer Tours

    Virtual Tours

    This event requires purchasing and additional ticket. Please pre-register on June 8th to receive automatic reminders.

    June 19 Friday, 11am: The World of Ken Fulk

    June 20 Saturday, 11am: Andrew Skurman, Skurman Architects
    June 23 Tuesday, 11am: Suzanne Tucker, Tucker & Marks

    June 24 Wednesday, 11am: Benjamin Dhong, Benjamin Dhong Interiors

    June 26 Friday, 11am: Designer Paul Wiseman of The Wiseman Group



    Learning from eachother

    During San Francisco Design Week you want to meet interesting people, learn about new things and exchange idea. But how do you spark those meaningful conversations? It all starts with a braindate.

    Virtual braindates are knowledge-sharing conversations that you book with others to have one-on-one or in small groups, right here on Braindate. They’re the best way to connect with, learn from, and have terrific conversations with new people—all virtually.

    Attendees with and All-Access pass will have the opportunity to register with the SF Design Week Braindate platform, submit topics or join existing topic session!

    STEP 1: Get your all-access pass to attend San Francisco Design Week (Braindate is included in this pass!) On June 8th we’ll email you your unique login to our events platform where you’ll be able to register for individual events!

    STEP 2: Login to the Braindate platform today: https://sfdesignweek.braindate.com/ using the email you used to register for SFDW. You will be prompted to create a password.

    STEP 3: Once you’re in, you’ll see the topic market, where SFDW attendees post topics for one-on-one or small group discussions. It’s your turn to post! Select “New topic” in the navigation bar and post a topic of your own.

    STEP 4: Book a spot in a conversation posted by one of your peers.

    STEP 5: Create your profile so people know who they’ll be meeting with!

    STEP 6: Meet up virtually with the braindates you’ve booked on the platform on June 16th,18th, and 23rd!

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    Virtual Studio Crawls: Variety Show


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    Monday, June 15th
    Tuesday, June 16th
    Thursday, June 18th
    Friday, June 19th

    6:30pm and 9:30pm PST

    With the pandemic and shelter in place cramping our collective need to hop from one studio to the next this year, we’ve had to get a little creative.

    The Studio Crawls will take place in a livestreaming format with each studio having 30 minutes to give attendees a little reprieve from all the daytime panel discussions and workshops. A little bit of a variety show, surprises abound while studios create experiences to entertain: Live designing, virtual product demos mixed with making cocktails, video tours of home workspaces and more.

    Login and participate by socializing with friends (or meeting new ones!) in the chat pod, give your studio hosts hi-fives, send emojis or submit questions to be answered live.

    Plan to login to the livestream during the designated times with your friends, crack open a beer or sip a glass of wine and prepare to have fun!

    You’ll need an all-access pass to attend. Please pre-register for each evening when registration opens on June 8th to receive automatic reminders.


    Spotlight With Zahid Sardar

    Virtual Series

    Spotlight With Zahid Sardar is a dynamic, fun and informal virtual forum, hosted by acclaimed design editor Zahid Sardar. The talks illuminate ideas and creativity where design is engaged to solve everything from global issues affecting billions of people, to rarified, customized design programs. The series features a select group of highly admired architects and designers from a cross-section of the design industry, including architecture, interior design, landscape design, and industrial design.

    Featured guests: Robert Brunner, Industrial Designer | Landscape Architects James A. Lord & Roderick Wyllie/Surface design | Architect Clive Wilkinson, FAIA FIIDA and more!

    Please pre-register for each event in the series when registration opens on June 8th to receive automatic reminders.This experience is included in the all-access pass!


    Design Sights

    The 2020 San Francisco Design Sights showcases some of the best design savvy businesses in the Bay Area! Show your support online during the pandemic by visiting retail shops, getting carry out from local restaurants, or visit websites for digital exhibitions, installations and Public Art that prove that San Francisco is one of the world’s preeminent design-driven cities. Once the shelter in place is lifted, make sure to swing by one of the establishments below and remember to mention you’re a part of the San Francisco Design Week community!

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    Live Performance, Beatboxing and Dance Party

    Live Experience

    JUNE 25, 5pm-6pm

    Join us for a LIVE experience and dance party to close out the week with Scotch who will teach you how to beatbox, create songs on the fly with audience interaction. She will be chatting with attendees throughout the experience!

    Butterscotch, the vocal percussionist virtuosa, uses her powerful voice to defy gender and music social constructs. She began her career in the underground male-dominated beatbox battle scene, where she was crowned the world’s first female beatbox champion.

    When she is not touring the world, she gives back to the community and continues to live her dream of touching the world with her music. She enjoys teaching beatbox workshops at various colleges, high schools and elementary schools. As a prison reformer advocate, one of her favorite experiences has been performing for those incarcerated in San Quentin Prison through The Last Mile accelerator program.

    Butterscotch has a full length compilation album entitled “The Scotch Tapes. Her last single “We Are All We Got,” was in collaboration with Grammy Award Winning Producers Neff-U and Mischke Butler. Her newest release “Scotch,” is a testament to her growth as an artist and human. She is currently finishing up her next full length album with Blackalicious producer Chief Xcel.