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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Open House: Pensole Footwear Design Academy

Harris Newman

Pensole Footwear Design Academy has placed hundreds of graduates with the most iconic sneaker brands in the world. Visit the launching pad for the next generation of footwear design.

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Opening Party

Kick off the week with visual installations, great drinks, snacks, and your favorite people.

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Better Together: Better Talk

Alicia Navarrette

A panel of designers and do-gooders that will discuss the trials, tribulations, and success stories of working together.

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Next UI

Meredith James

Understanding the business case for Augmented Reality.

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Designing for the Ear

Podcasts? We all love 'em. This event, brought to you by a panel of thoughtful podcast producers and audio storytellers, will share the craft of conducting audio interviews, scriptwriting for the ear, and sound design.

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Portland Fashion Institute: Open House

Meredith James

For anyone interested in fashion, from foundations in sewing and pattern making, to advanced classes in design and couture.

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Breaking Borders: From Mexico to the World

Harris Newman

Three Mexican-born artists will share inspiring stories and presentations, followed by a panel discussion.

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Work & Co Open House

Meredith James
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A Nod to Mod

Amber Materna
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+&> Open House

Alicia Navarrette

Chill out in an industrial studio, and take a peek behind the scenes of +&<.

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Democratizing VR for More Livable Cities

Alicia Navarette

Open Signal invites us to explore the history and possible futures of city planning through virtual reality demos and exhibitions.

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Accessible Design: Empathy in a World with No Averages

Harris Newman

Learn the power of designing for the universal through interactive, empathy-building exercises and by solving real-world accessibility issues