It’s not lost on us that the year San Diego Design Week is making its debut is...different.

So much has changed in the past six months, but a global pandemic can’t stop creative thinking and culture. In fact, we think it should propel it to new heights. To adapt to the new normal, San Diego Design Week in 2020 will look and feel different than it will in the future. With no crowds or gatherings, we are redefining what it means to come together while remaining steadfast in our mission to unite the design community in our region. The good news is: you can see San Diego through the eyes of the most influential and knowledgeable creatives without leaving your sofa!

As we’ve all likely experienced in recent months, technology has become an even bigger driver of connection both personally and professionally. You’ll find that there is a dominant virtual theme to our programming this year, and perhaps even in years to come. As some of us begin to leave our homes a bit more, while following guidelines to do so safely, we felt it appropriate to incorporate a small number of events that allow for social distancing while experiencing design in our community. That said: we hope everyone will wear their mask and be respectful of others if they venture out.

Pro tip: On Saturday, September 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there is a face mask distribution event that showcases the work of local fashion designers from the City Heights. Bonus: masks are free for City Heights residents, but for sale to all. Here’s a breakdown of this years programming:

Virtually, you can experience:

  • Design Talks
  • Film Screenings
  • Podcasts + Music
  • Project Tours
  • Studio Tours
  • Exhibitions
  • Workshops
  • Working Design Sessions

In-person, you can experience:

  • Self-Guided Tours
  • Some Studio Tours
  • Exterior Installations

You can browse all events here. Remember, all pre-recorded virtual content will be available starting Wednesday, September 9 for participants to engage with at their convenience and comfort level. If you are heading out, we do encourage participants to support local businesses, artists and designers as much as possible during SDDW to boost our local economy and showcase community support across industries. We’re all in this together!