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

Allyson Marrs

Portland-based Chad Brown is an adventure photographer and creative director with an eye on the world. His work connects viewers to endangered areas, wild spaces, and the human spirit, documenting a visceral sense of place and being.

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Get a Tax Credit for Supporting the Arts!

Did you know that if you donated money to any of these arts nonprofits in 2020, you can send the same amount of money to the Cultural Trust for free if you file taxes in Oregon? The Cultural Trust then supports those same non-profits, so you're doubling the impact on the arts ecosystem in our state for free!

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The Death of the Artist

Read an excerpt from William Deresiewicz's new book, The Death of the Artist.

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The African American Footwear Forum

Allyson Marrs

The second African American Footwear Forum (AAFF) will be held in Portland on Saturday, August 10, and Stephen Green, Director of Operations of Pensole Footwear Design Academy, shared the inspiration and intention of the semi-annual event and why they’re bringing it here to Portland.

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Fresh: Spring 2019 Portfolio Show

Allyson Marrs

We spoke with four of the upcoming graduates of the PSU Graphic Design Program—Bingbing Zhang, Ben Child, DJ McKnight, and Yebin Ha—about how their design expectations evolved with their formal education and what they hope to do with all of those fresh skills.

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PNCA + DWP

This year, we partnered with PNCA's senior Graphic Design class to create a vibrant visual installation based on our itineraries. Their activation serves as a hub for attendees to explore DWP programming.

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The Native Perspective Missing from Design

Amber Materna

It’s easy to see the issue with Native symbols being used for profit, but there’s less discussion around the systems that made this appropriation possible. Join OPB’s “State of Wonder,” in conjunction with the PSU Native American Student and Community Center, in unpacking these structures in The Native Perspective Missing from Design.

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Open House: OMFGCo

Alicia Navarrette

OMFGCO is throwing a super amazing yard sale! There will be a ton of great stuff––even some handcrafted wares made by their own team members.

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Open House: Pacific Coast Sign Supply

Alicia Navarrette

Create and communicate your own graphics, artwork, and messaging with Pacific Coast Sign Supply. During this Open House, you’ll be able to create artwork from your pet’s portrait and view live demos of printing and engraving processes, plus see some new tech in action.

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Open House: Holst

Alicia Navarrette

Holst Architecture is sure to delight with a VR station, an interactive display of their Portland Winter Lights Festival installation, and a coloring station. There will also be tasty tacos, drinks, and ice cream!

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Open House: Seizure Palace

Harris Newman

Seizure Palace’s old-school screen printing produces vibrant and tactile prints and posters. Visit this iconic shop to enjoy some art and beverages while learning the magic behind their process.

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Fuckup Nights: Failure by Design

Harris Newman

Your blueprint to avoiding mediocrity.