Draw up plans for KC Design Week 2023

We’ll paint you a picture so you can conceptualize this annual celebration.

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Come for the design, leave with a skill (like screen printing).

Photo via KCDW

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Unless you live in the woods without access to technology or humankind (in which case, how would you be reading this?), you’re surrounded by design. Think of it as the intentional artwork that provides inspiration, direction, and framing for all aspects of society — ie: your shirt, your phone, your home... you get the picture.

KC Design Week is where local professionals, students, and anyone with curiosity (read: us) get together to explore, learn, and celebrate local design. The week runs Friday, April 14-Saturday, April 22 and features architecture, graphics, interiors, products, fashion, landscape architecture, planning, and urban environments.

Design Week Events

There are a lots of ways to participate this year, but here are five of our favorites:

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Picture this: a drink in your hand + design in your heart.

Photo by Jeff Evrard via KCDW

Open Studio Night | Friday, April 14 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Multiple locations | Free | Think of it like First Fridays but more niche. Head to the Crossroads to explore behind-the-scenes looks at local firms.

Homes By Architects Tour | Saturday, April 15 | 1-4 p.m. | Multiple locations | $45-$55 | Tour five homes across the metro built by local architects — from Beacon Hill to Leawood.

Through Brave Actions | Tuesday, April 18 | 12 p.m. | Dimensional Innovations, 3421 Merriam Dr., Overland Park, KS | $18-$25 | Enjoy lunch and hear from a panel of women with major involvement in the new and innovative KC Current stadium.

What’s On Draft | Tuesday, April 18 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 2000 Vine St., KCMO | $30-$45 | Sample a flight by Vine Street Brewing and hear about the brand’s connection with music and flavor.

Up & Away | Thursday, April 20 | 8-10 a.m. | VMLY&R, 250 Richards Rd., KCMO | $12-$15 | Treat yourself to coffee, pastries, and a panel of the designers behind the new KCI terminal.

Check out all the other events.