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

Sustaining Greatness: July 20-24

Everyone in this curation exudes excellence in their own way and we encourage you to take time to immerse yourself in appreciating their talents and entrepreneurship in addition to all the folx that exist within the Mercatus ecosystem.

  • Cookie Z., Mercatus PDX Social Media Manager
Itinerary

Radical Creativity: July 13-17

"Showing up to work with Black and Brown bodies, unique gender identities, and the experiences of living a life of oppression is radical and revolutionary in and of itself." – JOOP JOOP Creative Curator Fran Bittakis

Itinerary

Grassroots: July 6-10

"As we continue to navigate society amidst the current revolution, we seek the work of makers who have long incorporated equity and advocacy into their art, and continue to build upon generations-long traditions of action." – Portland in Color curators Celeste Noche and Emilly Prado

Interview

Pop Up Magazine's Maureen Towey

Maureen Towey, an artist working across many mediums, is the on-set director for the beloved Pop-Up Magazine. With their most recent iteration, "At Home," Towey and her team was faced with new challenges. She spoke with us about how they pivoted.

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Black Lives Matter.

As a design organization, we recognize that the system is working exactly as it was designed. We recognize our part in the system and our shared responsibility to dismantle white supremacy.

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2020 Festival FAQs

This year, we're shifting to a virtual format with a tighter focus. Here's what you need to know about programming, timing, and ticketing.

Interview

Kate Widdows

Allyson Marrs

Neon has a following. And Kate Widdows is a loyalist. She’s an independent letterer and typographer who designs everything from typefaces and record covers to GIFs and, you guessed it, neon signs. She’s also found a way to merge the two, having pioneered animated neon lettering for the web, work which has been exhibited internationally at design festivals and art galleries. We asked Kate a few questions about reaching peak neon fan status, and how that appreciation transitioned into her own bright work.

Interview

Natasha Jen

Allyson Marrs

Design thinking is bullshit. It’s an opinion and a talk notable designer Natasha Jen is well-known for. And, sure, it’s a phrase that entices, piques curiosity. But it’s the experience behind the opinion—the years of exploring cultural intersections and divergence, design systems, philosophies, failures—that has made Natasha Jen a Name in the design world. Or rather, she has earned that reputation for herself.

Recap

Kristin Rogers Brown and Kate Bingaman Burt

Educators Kristin Rogers Brown and Kate Bingaman-Burt blessed us with a sunshine-filled chat on our Instagram Live about connection and showing your work. Here's an excellent resource guide on how to be confident with your portfolio, website, and outreach techniques.

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Mentorship in a Turbulent Time

Think back to your beginnings as a designer. Do you remember someone who took the time to review your work or offered a tip that helped you navigate your first steps into the field? You could be that person to someone else.

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2020 Festival Postponed

Based on our current research and understanding, we have made the hard decision to postpone Design Week Portland. The festival is now slated to run August 1-8, 2020.

Interview

Fabi Reyna

Allyson Marrs

Mexican-born and Portland-based Fabi Reyna is a guitarist and the magazine’s founder and editor-in-chief—the result of being fed up with women’s roles in music magazines (you know the types: wearing clothes as thin as the guitar strings they’re not playing). She Shreds was started in 2012 as the world’s only print publication dedicated to women guitarists and bassists, a platform where “people can listen, see and experience what it means to be a woman who shreds.”