Design Week Registration Opens!


It’s happening. Tuesday (tomorrow, Sept. 18) is the official day you can register for Design Week Portland. And you really should register! October 9 is coming sooner than you think. So, now that you’re planning on registering tomorrow, get excited. Ryan Bush and I (together you may address us as TAIGA) have put together a little teaser featuring Steve Sandstrom from... Read More

Edits Quarterly


Ian Coyle starts Chapter 2 this way: “The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.” – A. Earhart The quote on it’s own is stirring but coupling that with the realization that Earhart presumably died while pursuing... Read More

Poler Camp Vibes

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Portland has a reputation (or stereotype) of being a town full of artisan crafted goods for very specific types of consumers. It’s rare to find a company offering a very Portland-style set of products that also have the potential to be offered to a much wider audience. It would be easy at first glance to lump Poler into one of those niche shops I just mentioned. But it’s... Read More

GOOD + PSU + Your Ideas

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You know that problem. The one that drives you crazy. The one that always ends with the sentence or thought “why don’t they fix that?” Well now you can be the they and the fixer. And present your solutions in a public place with some serious support behind you. This is your chance! Want to see more public art? Want to pitch solar-powered driverless cabs? Want a... Read More

Ellen McFadden

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My graphic design education effectively began on Flickr. Class critiques were conducted there, and it was the first place that I really started to explore all the ways that people were communicating visually. It was on Flickr that I also began to explore design history, and started to connect the dots between the graphic trends of the moment and the masters that these trends were... Read More

40,000-piece textile archive

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It was an accident really that led me to Andrea Aranow. I was working in the Goldsmith Building in Chinatown when Caleb Sayan poked his head into the studio. He was looking for Jelly Helm. In his stead I followed Caleb up to to the fourth floor and caught my breath when I walked into what is the largest private textile archive in the world. Caleb mentioned that his mother, Andrea... Read More

Invisible Creature with Don Clark


Two cities, two houses of design, one community. The Spit Swap has happened, and not only was it informative/inspiring/radical, it was engaging. Here’s the thing with being engaged, it leaves you better prepared to create things worth sharing than passive involvement. I never feel like I just attend a Designspeaks talk. They actively engage, so in fact I’m paying a... Read More

Will Bryant, Please!

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William Bryant just moved to Portland via Austin and just killed the New York Times Magazine front cover with the illustrated question of the year “What if the Secret to Success is Failure?” This man can draw, and he draws everyday. Plus he’s humble and nice and hard working. So that’s amazing. Mr. Bryant has been generous enough to share some process sketches... Read More

The Spit Swap – Aaron Draplin & Invisible Creature

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Design community oriented events usually satisfy our urges to see our kind in a condensed time & space, almost an excuse to see each other away from our screens, drink in hand, and in our socks, so-to-speak. There are very few occasions however where this is accompanied by the ability to see great work, hear magnetic speakers, and get stuffed with inspiration. This phenomenon... Read More

UnFailed Fail show

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This is the invitation for Wieden+Kennedy 12.7’s art show that opened yesterday on First Thursday. This is how much I love it (arms open). I accidentally stumbled upon some of the 12’ers late one evening in the studio putting together some elements for this piece, I had no idea they were going to pull off something this beautiful. I almost feel like I could just end... Read More