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Department of Design to hold virtual Design Days event May 25-29 

by Colton Rasanen
Office of University Communications intern
  • Design Days switches to virtual format for 2020

Design is a profession that, at its heart, is all about problem solving, and that is just what Western’s Department has done with their annual Design Days event. They have taken an event that is usually held in person and built it into an interactive virtual event to showcase the work and accomplishments of Design students.  

Design Days will be held May 25-29 at  

“We have diligently tried to compile a mix of self-paced workshops and challenges, with asynchronous pre-recorded interviews and presentations, with a few live, synchronous Zoom events sprinkled in for good measure,” said assistant professor of Design John Gialanella.  

Gialanella said Western’s network of designers, and the design community around the world, will be able to participate in Design Days.  

“We’ve reached out to over 1,100 alumni, regional high school students, the 200+ majors in the design program, and to our network of industry professionals,” said Gialanella.  

This event has been important to hold because it allows the community of designers a space to celebrate their discipline. This is even more important now, since Spring quarter has been online, it gives students who have made their homes away from Bellingham into their personal classrooms a way to participate as well.  

“Designers at all stages of their careers are going to be important contributors to evolving the way we create, learn, and educate under the arduous situation of the day, and we’re proud to be involved in that challenge,” Gialanella said.  

Find out more about Design Days at as well as on the design department’s Instagram feed 

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