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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Interview

Evan James Benally Atwood

Allyson Marrs

[The greatest influences on my work are] queer Indigenous critiques on our modern society, the recovering of an Indian perspective on history, and the need to document some of our most marginalized community members fighting for what most of us take for granted. Read about Evan's incredible photographic and artistic endeavors, aimed at elevating those very communities.

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Interview

RaShaunda Brooks

Allyson Marrs
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Interview

Allison Jacks

Allyson Marrs

Allison is an investor in art, from dancing to film to installations. She believes in creating an aesthetic that breathes life into an environment through a balance of function and flair, where an experience is equally seen and felt. She shares more about how her passion leads her teaching philosophy.

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News

DWP Design Fellowship: Call for Applicants

The newly launched DWP Design Fellowship is an opportunity to engage with our team over a 7-month period to support the design efforts required to bring the festival to life across various channels. The selected designer will drive the look and feel of the festival in 2020 across all print and digital touch points, and will promote their work through all of DWP's channels.

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Interview

Fran Bittakis

Allyson Marrs

Fran Bittakis is amplifying those that too often struggle to even get made. She’s the Founder & Creative Director of JOOP JOOP Creative, a studio that takes pride in being a platform for the voices it works with.

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Interview

The Unity Project: Color Outside the Lines

Allyson Marrs

For three months, 24 Portland artists and 24 foster youth—most of whom are up for adoption—have been working together on a collaborative public art project to design and redesign art panels that will be displayed on an East Burnside building.

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Interview

Salimatu Amabebe

Allyson Marrs

Salimatu Amabebe is a Nigerian-American chef and the creator of vegan-based food and event company Bliss House, which hosts cooking classes, food activism talks, and vegan Nigerian pop-up dinners. Through Bliss House, Salimatu founded Black Feast, a monthly vegan pop-up dinner that celebrates black artists and writers through food.

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Interview

Kelly Sue DeConnick

Allyson Marrs

Two-time Eisner Award-nominated comics writer Kelly Sue DeConnick creates plights and quests for characters spanning universes—like Marvel and DC universes. She is known as an industry veteran and a master of dialogue.

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Interview

Analise Smith

Allyson Marrs

Analise has never spent more than one night outdoors. But before this summer’s over, she’ll have not only spent 10 nights outdoors, but she’ll have also backpacked 325 miles from Bend to Roseburg. As winners of the Outdoor Adventure Film Grant, Analise will film the bold adventure across Oregon to creatively explore the barriers of accessing the wilderness when one isn’t raised with a close relationship to it.

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Spotlight

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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Recap

Dungeons & Dragons & Design

Colby Nichols

In 2019, Design Week held it’s first live D&D event with host and Dungeon Master Colby Nichols (Jolby & Friends) as he led Adam Garcia (The Pressure), Tammi Heneveld, and Ian Whitmore through a dangerous adventure filled with laughs, smiles, and gasps as the audience even got to participate.

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Spotlight

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.