Most design weeks are hosted in cities. Why Montclair?
I’m not from Montclair. Why should I attend?
I'm not a designer. Why should I care?
Design is all around us. Everything we encounter - every chair, passport, highway, paint color and voting booth - is the outcome of many decisions that we don't usually make. But we do know what good design looks and feels like. Maybe more importantly, we know what good design does. It inspires our curiosity, it shifts our perspective and, when it's really good, it transforms the world around us for the better.
What is Montclair Design Week?
Where is MDW happening?
Events will be happening all over Montclair. In pocket parks. Along our creeks. In downtown storefronts. At train stations and bus stops, too. In ways that ignite our imagination about what public spaces can be.
Do you charge for events?
We strive to offer a mix of free, low-cost and ticketed events. Attendance to most events will require registration where space is limited. Stay in the know about upcoming events and open registration by signing up for our newsletter so you don’t miss any early bird announcements!
What did your inaugural year of programming look like?
We had over 60 events, and over 4,000 attendees! Download our 2018 Schedule of Events and Young Mavericks program for a full listing.
What's in store for this year?
We end with a bang at our closing festival, saluting our participants, sponsors, partners and volunteers under October skies - with food, music, laughter and even bigger dreams for year 2!
What is a design force for good?
What is your mission?
What is this year's theme?
UNWRITTEN is everything we do and make without pausing to give or receive explanation--all the systems and rituals that we participate and move within, but rarely see. It’s those unspoken gestures and actions between us that make and break our community.
UNWRITTEN is about working together to uncover what’s been hidden or forgotten. It calls us to lay it bare, unearth, get naked, be curious. To encounter each other.
UNWRITTEN means that nothing is set in stone--that when we connect, we can discover things we never could have imagined. It means we can rewrite the story and our futures for the better.
The big idea, the people, and the goals.
Three years ago, I took the leap of a lifetime and founded Montclair Design Week (MDW) in the place I was born. In this short time, we've grown into DesignShed, a year-round organization with five programs offered as tools to celebrate our community's creative capacities, and mobilize them into action for a more resilient and equitable future. MDW remains our crown jewel each year, held in the third week of October.
For Montclair Design Week, design is the act of making things, with close attention to the story about how it’s made, who it’s made for, and why it matters.
Design starts with being curious about those stories. The chair you’re sitting on has a story — but so do our homes, parks, roadways, cities, school systems, health care, and even our social interactions.
Montclair Design Week is inspired by the stories of design that we have yet to write — how things are being made, who it’s being made for and by, and why it matters. MDW explores these questions through playful, inclusive, and thought-provoking programming that sparks our curiosity into action.
What are the stories of design that you want to write? Let’s design the future we want, and the stories we want to tell. Come discover the designer that’s been in you all along.
Have more questions? Check out our FAQs to learn more about this year's theme, our mission, and why you should attend.
Kindness in our community is important to us. That's why we hold all MDW participants - organizers, representatives, volunteers, event hosts, sponsors, and attendees - to our Code of Conduct.