For all the Creative Problem Solvers: Join Austin Design Week 2021

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Co-creating a Collective Future for the Benefit of Community at Austin Design Week

Mark your calendar for November 8-12, 2021: It’s Austin Design Week! This year, it will be all about “Futuring” = co-creating a collective future for the benefit of the community. We will tackle this by working together as creative problem-solvers to identify upcoming challenges and work through them.

The Call for Proposals

Each year, the mission of Austin Design Week (ADW) is to build an inclusive community that empowers and inspires Austin’s creative problem solvers. And to do that, ADW calls upon the Austin creative and design community!

From workshops to panels to studio tours, all of the ADW events are hosted by members of the community and curated by the advisory board. No matter what your background, design discipline, or experience is, we encourage all members of the community to bring forward their ideas, showcase their work, and share their expertise as long as it aligns with the ADW21 theme.

What’s ‘Futuring’?

This year’s theme is all about co-creating a collective future: working together as creative problem-solvers to identify upcoming challenges and work through them. It’s called “Futuring” and everyone is invited to take part — not just the futurists and visionaries among us. You can learn more about this year’s theme in the theme announcement.

With safety as a priority, and understanding that we still may not be back to 100% normal from the pandemic, we plan to have both in-person and virtual events this year. So, consider how your proposal could be formatted for either or both.

Here is How to Apply!

Before you begin your proposal, please read the full FAQs. Also, you are welcome to join Austin Design Week for an online information session. You can join on either of these two dates:

  • May 27th, 12pm CDT | RSVP
  • June 22nd, 12 pm CDT | RSVP

The call for proposals will close on Monday, June 28th at 11:59pm CT.

Learn more about hosting and apply! We’re excited to see what futures your proposals will bring!

Austin Design Week 2021 in a Nutshell

WHO: The talented design community in Austin. From graphic designers and architects to fashion designers and urban planners and other creative problem solvers.

WHERE: Various venues in Austin, Texas including designers’ studios and work spaces as well as virtual, interactive events.

WHEN: November 8-12, 2021

WHAT: The 6th Annual Austin Design Week will feature virtual and in-person events in Austin, Texas.

WHY: In collaboration with the design community, ADW aims to co-create a collective future by identifying upcoming challenges and working through them. 

To learn more about past Austin Design Week themes and sessions, visit

About Austin Design Week

Founded in 2016, Austin Design Week’s (ADW) mission is to build an inclusive community that is a source of empowerment and inspiration for Austin’s creative problem solvers. Every year, ADW invites designers, organizations, agencies, and companies to host free workshops, studio tours, panels, talks, installations, and interactive events. These events are centered around a theme that challenges us to consider the role of design in improving our communities and ourselves. From graphic design to architecture, digital design to fashion, and more, ADW brings together creatives across disciplines and across Austin. The goal is for them to share their talents, projects, ideas, and workspaces while inviting in the larger community (in Austin and beyond). Learn more via and follow along on Instagram @austindesignweek and Facebook at

Austin Design Week was founded by proponents of all things design: Danielle Barnes (formerly of General Assembly), Amber Atkins (IBM) and Candice Digby (General Assembly). The 2021 Advisory Board includes key players in the Austin design world: including Alisha Moore (IBM), Calvin Mays (Qubicle Design), Chris McCray (McCray&Co), Christian Helms (Helms Workshop), Elizabeth Gibson (Eliza Page), Erin Pitts (The Label Collective), Gerardo Gandy (Gensler), Joie Chung (, Julie Schell (UT Austin), Kistin Waddington (The Label Collective), Michael Hsu (Michael Hsu Office of Architecture), and  Michele L. Van Hyfte (Downtown Austin Alliance).

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