Design Week Fort Wayne


Our region is one of contrast. On the surface, it may appear rural, conservative, and monocultural. Yet when you look past that surface, you see an exuberant, multicultural, and creative population. It is a population of urban-dwelling, highly educated, global, and connected individuals with the resources to chase big ideas.

With this knowledge, Wunderkammer Company is proud to host Fort Wayne’s second Design Week (DWFW). Events will run May 8 through May 12, with shows and speaking engagements open to both design professionals and the general public. This year, each day of DWFW will highlight one of five industries of design: advertising / graphic design, R&D/innovation, city design / urbanism, architecture / interior design, and fashion/style.

Why Fort Wayne?

Our design industries drive economic growth through creative businesses, places, talent, and their convergence with one another. These industries provide goods and services; these places contribute to the quality of life; and these talents produce creative content. Each brings wealth to the region and helps our economy thrive and flourish.

A vibrant creative economy is essential for the continued economic growth of northeast Indiana.

In northeast Indiana, there are over 9,500 creative professionals. A Creative Census research project, conducted in 2015 with the support of the Knight Foundation, found that over 30 percent of northeast Indiana’s creative economy is within the design fields—the clear majority, producing over $100 million per year in economic impact.

The DWFW mission is to:

  • Attract and retain talent
  • Highlight the city of Fort Wayne as a creative hub in the Midwest
  • Strengthen our marketing, art, and design communities
  • Establish connections between designers, institutions, and businesses
  • Improve the quality of life and bring in revenue through tourism
  • Integrate design and aesthetic values into everyday economic decisions