Bend Design is three days of keynote talks, workshops, exhibits, and more, designed to energize all of us to improve the quality of life in our communities through creative thinking and action. This year’s topics touch on themes of how design thinking can address larger societal problems and ultimately shape our future.

Bend design is not only for designers, but also for architects, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, trades professionals, educators, students, researchers, executives, musicians, writers, civic leaders, city planners, activists and citizens.

Day 1: OCTOBER 25 / Talk Blocks. Creative hot shots will share their work and wisdom at Tower Theatre. At breaks, pursue ideas, conversations, and refreshments at Liberty Theater next door.

Day 2: OCTOBER 26 / Workshop Day. Dive deeper during interactive workshops, hosted conversations, un-hosted meet-ups, collaborative projects, intimate panels, and more, at multiple venues around beautiful Bend, Oregon.

Day 3: OCTOBER 27 / Bend Design For Good Day. Bend Design For Good will unite design thinkers with organizations confronting the most pressing challenges in our region.

You’ll leave Bend Design armed with new perspectives from innovative optimists tackling complex problems with creative solutions. New connections with like-minded, like-inspired creative thinkers and potential co-collaborators. You’ll have new energy to pursue creative solutions to the world’s most urgent problems, and the everyday.You’ll also get a pretty red journal.

$160 for both days (Early Bird until August 1); $185 after August 1
($75 for students). Price is for both Thursday’s Talk Blocks and Friday’s Workshop Day.


  • You will then be asked to to select FOUR workshops for Friday, October 26.
  • There are over 20 available workshops, including: interactive workshops, lectures, or films.  
  • There are four time slots: (8:30 – 10:00, 10:30 to noon, 1:30 to 3:00, and 3:30 to 5:00)
  • Please select one from from each time slot.
  • If you don’t want to attend a workshop, please select NO WORKSHOP

You will receive a confirmation email and code. Please keep your code handy in case you want to change your workshop schedule.

Please note: you will experience all TALK BLOCKS on Thursday; no need to sign-up for them separately.

Please visit Bold Ticket, our ticketing partner.

  1. Find the confirmation email you received when you purchased your Bend Design Pass. Now, find your 6-digit Order Number. Can’t find that confirmation email? Email us at [email protected]. We can help!
  2. Go to Bend Design > Register, scroll down a bit, and select “Passholder Workshop Registration.”
  3. Click “Add to Cart.”
  4. Enter your 6-digit Order Number in the “Passcode” field.
  5. Select the number of tickets you’ve ordered, and then click “Add.”
  6. Click “Checkout”, and when prompted, select your workshops.
  7. Continue the checkout process until your order has been finalized and you see a confirmation screen. Voila! You’re all set.

Bend Design takes place in Bend, Oregon, a small town with big ideas. With its sunshine, wilderness, and frontier mentality, Bend attracts diverse creative talent, fostering a culture of inspired possibility.

Bend has many lodging options available from luxury resorts and lodges to boutique hotels and vacation homes. Our lodging partners are Oxford Hotel and DoubleTree by Hilton. Visit for lodging deals.

We have great coffee houses, taco shops, fine dining, food carts and bars all over town. Some of our favorites are BellaTazza Coffee, Barrio, 900 Wall, Jackson’s Corner, Zydeco, Velvet, and … yes, we like to eat and drink.

A lot. Some resources here:

Plus, we have two great outlets that keep the pulse on events in town:

Give us a call at 541-390-4025 or email us at [email protected]