Stories

Highlighting the region’s most interesting people, places, and projects, and the inspiring stories that shape our unique design landscape.
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Mohanad Elshieky

Allyson Marrs
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Laura Allcorn

Allyson Marrs
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Celeste Noche and Emilly Prado

Allyson Marrs

Portland In Color seeks to disrupt the homogeneity of representation in Portland arts and media by highlighting the voices and experiences of people of color. Their work is to promote the work of others, to ensure visibility into diverse creativity.

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Jen Thomas

Allyson Marrs

Jen Thomas, of Visible Design and The Beauty Shop, believes that design should be less a privilege for a few and more an equal opportunity for all.

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Akasha Lawrence-Spence

Allyson Marrs

As the built environment inevitably changes, sometimes aggressively, Akasha’s first question is always the same: who gets to decide?

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Where Portland Design Lives

Allyson Marrs

As Design Portland evolves into a year-round organization, the people who made it happen reflect on the past seven years getting here.

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Q&A with Brittany Sierra, producer of Sustainable Fashion Forum

Eden Dawn

Eden Dawn’s conversation with the curator of the 2017 Sustainable Fashion Forum

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Humans Have the Final Say

A conversation with Josh Lovejoy, the UX lead for People + AI Research (PAIR) at Google.

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An Interview with Crystal Rutland

Carl Alviani

A conversation with the curator of "Empathy, Bots & the Future of AI"

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Design As Detente?

Rick Turoczy

The need for more inclusive design has become vital, particularly in times like these. Rick Turoczy calls on two leaders in the field to hash out whether or not design itself can serve as a form of diplomacy.

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Exploring the Undocumented Narrative Through Art

Design Week Portland

Organized by We the Dreamers, this art and design installation and panel focused on exploring and highlighting the voices of undocumented immigrants. If you missed it, read on for actionable steps you can take to support immigrant rights groups.

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Interview with Oren Haskins from Google Daydream

Design Week Portland

Oren Haskins from Google Daydream on parallels between the 20th century and today's technological revolution, and designing for VR/AR.