Design Lecture Series

About the Design Lecture Series

The Design Lecture Series brings world-class designers to the stage to share their knowledge for free. Our aim is to stimulate conversation around design, share its rich history and inspire our communities.

Posters from the series have won multiple print awards and are included in SFMOMA’s permanent collection.

All lectures are free and take place at the Seattle Public Library – Central Branch designed by Rem Koolhaas. The series has 501(c)(3) nonprofit status fiscally sponsored by Allied Arts Foundation.

About Civilization

The Design Lecture Series is produced by Civilization, a design practice that builds identity systems, digital experiences, printed materials, environmental graphics and exhibitions that are engaging, empathetic, sustainable and create meaningful connections. We work on a variety of projects for public, private and non–profit clients that share our commitment to creating positive change and promoting greater insights about our world.

Our practice is a recipient of the National Design Award for Communication Design from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in honor of “excellence, innovation, and enhancement on the quality of daily life.” Our internationally recognized work is included in the permanent collection of SFMOMA and the Milton Glaser Design Archives at SVA, has won numerous awards including a Webby Award for Best Activist Website, and is regularly featured in print publications as well as most major global media outlets such as The Guardian, The New York Times, The Huffington Post and NPR.