No debate: San Francisco is the place when you are looking for progressive, out of the box design ideas and initiatives – from excellent product design to latest toilet technologies and designs, it is all there in the Bay Area. This year’s San Francisco Design Week from 7 to 15 June 2018, organized by AIGA SF, a professional association for design, took the reputation to heart and put on quite a spectacle for the design community. With over 200 events and 60 house tours, the city-wide festival spiraled out from Pier 27 across the whole city including Silicon Valley. The events in shops, restaurants, museums, warehouses etc. ranged from art installations to pop-up restaurants, exhibitions, conversations with design icons, architects, fashion heroes, to product designers, and digital wizards. The festival was once again an intersection of ideas, business, design, and entrepreneurialism that is so inherent in the Bay Area. Organizers, delegates, and attendees bathed in the free-spirited imaginative visions, the ultra-high-tech innovations, and contemporary design. A new addition to the San Francisco Design Week was the first edition of the design awards under the theme ‘Where Innovation meets social responsibility’. The very active design community submitted lots of interesting projects that addressed the following criteria: impact, singularity, inclusiveness, social responsibility, ease of use, visual appeal, and feasibility. From all the excellent submissions that were coming in from all over the world including USA, Italy, China, United Arab Emirates, and Japan, the jury picked 18 projects as the top favorites. The diversity of the designs showed the spectrum of the entries: clubhouses, apps, interior design, furniture, homes, UX designs, technologies, etc. Although the San Francisco Design Week only lasted a week, SF has an air about it for year-around design explorations with pop-up cafes, experiential retail, smart homes, award-winning branding and product design. And of course, not to mention a friendly coffee culture and good food to enjoy it all.
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