Indy Design Week is a week-long, city-wide festival with independently and collaboratively organized events celebrating and exploring the practice of design across all disciplines. Our mission is to strengthen our network and increase awareness and appreciation of design and its potential impact on business, culture, society, and people. Through a celebration of local and regional talent, we are connecting the Indianapolis Design community.



May 13th 2019
@Tubefactory artspace
Dribbble Meetup

Help us kickoff Indy Design Week by exploring design, igniting relationships, and push boundaries of a more creative Indy.


All Indianapolis area creatives are welcome!

On the docket:

  • Tour of the Bauhaus Exhibit
  • Meet the Chickens!
  • Outdoor Games
  • Good Old Fashioned Networking
  • Swagggg

Plenty of parking is available around the space.

7:00pm - 9:00pm
Bauhaus Opening Party

Join us in celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Bauhaus AND kicking off Indy Design Week 2019. Hosted by Big Car Collaborative and the Tubefactory artspace. Supported in part by the Indiana Industrial Designers of America (IDSA).

  • Peruse the exhibit halls
  • Meet fellow rad designers
  • Meet the Big Car chickens
  • Play outdoor games
  • Grab a bite to eat from the food trucks
  • Enjoy a playlist of all local musicians

“Bauhaus Imaginista” is a major international project that marks the German art school’s 100th anniversary. Operational from 1919 to 1933, Bauhaus is famous for the approach to design that combined high art and industry. This exhibition rethinks the school from a global perspective, and reads its entanglements against a century of geopolitical change.


May 14th, 2019
6:00 - 8:00pm
Circle City Industrial Complex
Showing & Discussion of "Inclusive: The Film"

Join us in this up and coming artist complex. In addition to watching the film, We'll get a private tour of the space.

Hosted by Experience Makers & the Indianapolis Interaction Design Association (IxDA). 

Inclusive: The film is a view into how Microsoft designs for human motivations and needs, expanding interactions to become more inclusive and seeing diversity differently: as a dynamic inspiration for creatives.

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Discussion: Indianapolis' Hostile Architecture

Learn about Hostile Architecture and provide your feedback to the greater Indianapolis community of action with this discussion facilitated by Jordan Ryan in part with Strong Indy 



May 15th, 2019
8:30am - 10:00am
AIGA Indianapolis Freelance & Small Biz Exchange

This will be an opportunity for Freelancers and Small Business Owners to talk with each other and hear from a fireside chat about the challenges of running their business while making creative output.

6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Tubefactory artspace
The Women of Bauhaus Discussion

Hosted by Big Car Collaborative & Tubefactory artspace. Full event details here.

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus art school, join curator Shelley Selim and learn more about the trailblazing women of this famously influential academy. While often overshadowed by their male counterparts, recent renewed interest has brought to light the female students and teachers of the Bauhaus and their incredible contributions to the Modernist movement.

Shelley Selim is Associate Curator of Design and Decorative Arts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. She provides curatorial oversight of the museum’s design and decorative art collections, as well as its two historic homes—the Lilly House and the Miller House and Garden. Her recent projects include Meadow, an interactive installation by artists Studio Drift now on display at the IMA’s Efroymson Entrance Pavillion, and a reinstallation of the IMA’s Design Gallery—the largest permanent collection gallery devoted to modern and contemporary design of any museum in the country.

Project partners:
Goethe-Institut, Bauhaus Kooperation, Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

Funded by:
Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Auswärtiges Amt, Kulturstiftung des Bundes.

On the occasion of 100 Jahre bauhaus (100 Years of Bauhaus).



May 16th, 2019
Various Times
*additional tickets required
Hands-on Design Workshops

Stay tuned for the release of our workshops presented by various design leaders around town. We'll have workshops on podcasting, sketchnoting, user research, and more.

9:00am - 1:30pm
SEP Product Design Studio
*additional ticket required
Design Leadership Intensive

Are you invested in Indianapolis' long term future for design opportunities and community? Join us in understanding the present and imagining the future of how our different disciplines can support one another in growing design's presence in Indianapolis. Tickets available here.

6:00pm - 8:00pm
6219 Guilford Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46220
*additional ticket required
Broad Ripple Scavenger Hunt: Exploring Neighborhood Inclusion

Explore Broad Ripple, connect with others, and dive into an immersive research experiment, also known as … a scavenger hunt. Participants will break into teams and receive challenge cards that will explore key topics of inclusive design — accessibility, diversity, and cultural history. As we consider whether or not Broad Ripple was designed with inclusivity in mind, the challenges will encourage participants to think beyond typical research tactics.  Get tickets here

Example tasks on the challenge may include:

  • Find someone who has worked in Broad Ripple for 20 years; ask them how the village has evolved.
  • Find a free parking spot and take a picture that captures the condition of the space.
  • Take the #26 bus from Brothers to the College Parking Garage.
  • Take a picture of a local storefront welcome sign.

Teams will be given 1 hours to complete the hunt. Each task will be worth a certain amount of points and the team will the most points accumulated will be showered with congratulatory cheers. After the scavenger hunt, we’ll gather for light conversation, takeaways, and good eats.

About SmallBox:  We are a creative agency focused on building cohesive brand experiences for mission-driven organizations. Our human-centered approach and passion for community impact helps us create relevant solutions for you and those you serve.

Creative Mornings Cocktail Hour

We love our mornings together, but let's be honest 8:30am is EARLY. So every once and a while we gather in the evening for a special cocktail hour get together as a part of Indy Design Week. 

CreativeMornings was started by SwissMiss with the concept of a monthly free event with coffee and a talk. To Learn more about our chapter, visit.

Mid-Century Modern Talk: A Celebration of Midwest Modernism

On May 16, Indiana Landmarks’ Indiana Modern affinity group hosts an illustrated talk by Lee Bey, “A Celebration of Midwest Modernism,” at Newfields’ Toby Theater in Indianapolis. A Chicago native, Bey served as architecture critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1996 to 2001 and is currently a lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago, focusing on buildings and communities and the forces that shape the built environment. His highly anticipated book, Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side, is due out this fall.

RSVP here.



May 17th, 2019
450 W Ohio Street Indianapolis, IN 46220
Breakfast & Networking Sponsored by Design on Tap

Join us for coffee, breakfast, and networking as we get ready to start the day. 

Breakfast sponsored in part by Design on Tap.

Design on Tap collaborates with B2B SaaS product teams to deliver customer insights and help teams focus and launch product experiences that charm buyers and users. Learn more about them here.

9:00am - 12:00pm
Indiana Historical Society
Morning Talks

We'll release our speaker line up soon!

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Indiana Historical Society
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Indiana Historical Society
Afternoon Talks

We'll wrap up the afternoon with another round of talks. Stay tuned for our speaker lineup!

Speaker Dinners

We will have limited seats available for various fireside chats with select speakers from the conference. We'll post more information leading up to the event.

6:30pm - 11:00pm
235 North Delaware St.
Closing Party with Double Negative Design

Let's celebrate the week of festivities with our closing party. We'll have art on display, projection mapping light displays, and a live DJ to be announced.



May 18th, 2019
1:00 - 6:00pm
*additional ticket required
Back to the Future Home Tour 2019

The annual Back to the Future tour presents five Mid-Century Modern homes in Columbus, dating from the 1950s and 1960s, with cars of the same vintage at each home. The houses exhibit signature mid-century features—use of natural materials and large expanses of glass to merge with the outdoors, massive stone fireplace walls, and built-in conveniences. This year, there is an additional sixth site: the Dan Kiley-designed garden of the Hamilton House.

Visit Indiana Landmarks for more information and tickets.



May 19th, 2019
Downtown, Indianapolis
*additional ticket required
Blueprints, Buildings, & Brews Tour

This BBB tour - Facelifts & Facades - looks at urban revitalization changes to downtown post UNIGOV. Learn more about Indy's changing skyline, skyscrapers, sports stadiums, parks and more.

Hosted by Jordan Ryan, and the Indiana Historical Society. More information and ticket links coming soon.