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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Kelly Sue DeConnick

Allyson Marrs
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Analise Smith

Allyson Marrs
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Mohanad Elshieky

Allyson Marrs

Mohanad Elshieky is a Portland-based, Libyan-born stand-up comic who wants you to think he’s funny, but doesn’t want you getting too chummy. He likes to twist preconceived notions into punchlines, and then you’ll probably feel a little guilty about that first laugh. But don’t worry—it’s what you’re supposed to do.

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Laura Allcorn

Allyson Marrs

Laura Allcorn is laughing with you. She’s the founder and lead researcher for the Institute For Comedic Inquiry (IFCI), where she creates interactive objects and performances that highlight absurdities through a technique she’s coined as Participatory Satire. It’s where humor meets behavioral science, and where the seriousness of current events is explored with a light touch.

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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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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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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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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.