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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Spotlight

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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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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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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Itinerary

Sensory

Consider the role of taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound in design with this selection of sensory-based experiences.

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Business of Design

Pick up some new skills to grow your business with this curated selection of events. You'll learn from experts on a variety of topics including emotional intelligence, finance, copyright, time management, culture, branding, and inclusion.

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Industrial Design

A selection of events related to industrial and product design. Get inspired by a variety of topics including sustainability, inclusion, materials exploration, and technology.

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Graphic Design & Illustration

A curated list of festival events related to graphic design and illustration. A wide variety of experiences including panel talks, art and poster shows, workshops, games, a talk show, and opportunities to design for good.