Design Weekend – Anchorage

Posted August 30, 2016

September 16-18, 2016: Join the Anchorage Museum for Design Weekend, a celebration of the region’s distinct design through lectures, exhibitions, workshops, tours, and more.

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Northern artists and designers will create, share, learn, and inspire each other in September at the Anchorage Museum during Design Weekend, a series of workshops, lectures, and events that explore Alaska and the North’s visual identity.

Design Weekend encourages a new definition of what Alaska is visually by highlighting distinct local materials, voices, images, and ideas. Guest speakers include Eames Demetrios, director of the Eames Office, who spearheaded the successful rediscovery of the Charles and Ray Eames design heritage; Blair Lauren Brown, whose socially conscious jewelry and advocacy speak to her vision of connectivity in all things; and Ben Uyeda, who is the creative director of HomeMade Modern and co-founder of ZeroEnergy Design, a multi-disciplinary firm specializing in ecologically conscious housing.

Program highlights include Design Networking Speed Dating among design professionals and enthusiasts, lectures by designers making an impact on the global stage, a workshop on making a pendant light with driftwood, a sketchbook challenge, a product fair, art activities on reflective wearables in Spark!Lab Smithsonian, and a design tour of museum exhibitions.

“We celebrate the creative process, including how art and design enhance contemporary life and ways of viewing the world,” said Anchorage Museum Director and CEO Julie Decker. “Design constructs a distinct North for the collective imagination. Feelings, memories, emotions, and collective values contribute to placehood. We champion a sense of sense of place in the North through design.”

The exhibition 61° Studio: Northern Design, on view September 2 through January 7, serves as a backdrop for the Design Weekend activities. With posters by more than 30 designers from countries around the international North, this exhibition looks at graphic design throughout Northern countries—from Alaska in the United States to Iceland, Greenland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Canada, and Russia.

The exhibition connects these places and hints at a global northern identity. Large posters highlight language, visual images, and culture of the Circumpolar North. The works represent the activity of northern communities, images and type that reflect place and people, and an interest in design excellence at the top of the world.

Tickets to Design Weekend, September 16 to 18, are $20 for a one-day pass, $50 for a three-day pass, and $400 for an institutional pass for up to 10 people. Scholarship opportunities are available. See for details.

Design Weekend is supported by Davis Constructors & Engineers Inc., McCool Carlson Green, RSA Engineering Inc., RIM Design, RIM Architects, RIM First People, and R&M Consultants.

Anchorage Museum
The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum’s mission is to connect people, expand perspectives and encourage global dialogue about the North and its distinct environment. Learn more at

Event Details
Design Weekend
September 16-18, 2016

Anchorage Museum
625 C Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

One-day pass: $20
Three-day pass: $50
Institutional pass (for up to 10 people): $400
Scholarship opportunities available.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Lecture with Eames Demetrios
September 17 at 7pm
Book signing to follow
Included with Design Week Admission