2014: Portland Designers in the Mad Men Era

2007: Cut & Paste Digital Design Tournament Judges

2012: Brain Food Lab: Prototown

2013: Our Portland Story Summer Expo: Cabinet of Curiosity

2014: Our Portland Story Volume 2 Launch Party

2014: Brain Food Deck in Production

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Our Portland Story

A story project

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Our Portland Story is a community project that celebrates Portland, Oregon and its people through story and design. Founded in 2008, we have published two books featuring hundreds of local authors and designers. We collect stories about Portland by Portlanders from all walks of life, and pair those stories with local designers to create artful snapshots of the city. In addition to our published books, we host events and experiment with new ways to engage with the community, showcase stories, and create unique connections.

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Brain Food

A project for kids

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As a part of the AIGA Portland Design for Good Committee, I lead a collaborative project with The Right Brain Initiative, a non-profit working to weave the arts back into public schools. The result of our three year partnership is Brain Food, an exploratory activity deck for kids. Brain Food is a tool to help teachers and parents ignite creative thinking. It challenges young minds to be curious, to dig deeply into subjects like visual art, performance, and design right alongside math, science, and social studies. Through crafting a pop-up museum, or inventing a new language, kids are encouraged to engage in exciting and rich whole-brain thinking.

Brain Food is on sale through Buy Olympia. All sales directly benefit The Right Brain Initiative’s arts education programming in Portland area public schools.

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Our Portland Story Summer Expo

An Exhibit Project

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In addition to Our Portland Story’s published works (Volume 1 & Volume 2), I partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Craft in 2013 to create “Our Portland Story Summer Expo,” an exhibition and event series at the museum.

The exposition kicked off with the exhibit, “Cabinet of Curiosity” which featured wild, weird and familiar objects pulled straight from the pages of Our Portland Story Volumes 1 & 2. Follow up events included everything from an improv show based off Our Portland Story narratives to an investigation of stories associated with place. We experimented with new ways to engage with the community, showcase Our Portland Story, and create unique experiences.

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Within 1 Mile

A Walk & Draw Project

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Within 1 Mile is a near-weekly walk and draw project that allows me to explore small and large details of the North Portland Overlook neighborhood I call home. All drawings are done on the spot with my adorable pup, Rawley in tow.

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Portland Designers in the Mad Men Era

A Design History Project

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In an effort to reconnect with the designers of the past, I organized an event as a part of Design Week Portland to showcase the work of three late great Portland designers.

The event and exhibit showcased the work of Byron Ferris, Bennet Norrbo, and Charles Politz, three men whose careers overlapped, who influenced each other and yet left their mark in distinctly different ways. They worked to develop some of Portland’s biggest brands like Jantzen and Pendleton — defining the city’s stake in outdoor and athletic wear.

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Brain Food Lab: Prototown

A Project for Kids

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Together with The Right Brain Initiative and Museum of Contemporary Craft, my AIGA Portland volunteer team inspired kids to build the ultimate prototype for a new city. We asked kids: “What kinds of places do you like to go?” “What place hasn’t been invented yet?” “How will people get from place to place?” Using scrap materials and art supplies, museum visitors made their own creations and added them to our evolving proto-city.

This experiment in city creation resided at the Museum of Contemporary Craft for a three month period.

Cut & Paste

An Event Project

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I initiated and led a team to bring the global design competition, Cut & Paste, to Portland in 2007. We had over 700 creatives turn out at the Wonder Ballroom to watch and celebrate live action design. Competitors illustrated on the spot, within a time limit and under a theme. DJs spun, judges judged and design heroes were crowned.

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Finding Light in Haiti

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“Beyond the mountains, more mountains” Our guide, Eddie, gestures broadly to the horizon. “That’s a Haitian proverb. It reminds you not to think you are that important; there is always someone greater than you.” Looking out at the mountainous landscape surrounding the ruins of the Citadel of Henri Christophe, I…

Portland Design in the 1960s: Marilyn Holsinger

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Marvelous Marilyn. That’s what they called her at Portland’s influential freelancers collective, Studio 1030, where Marilyn Holsinger was the group’s only woman artist in 1960. Marilyn was marvelous by all accounts, but also a serious career woman. She held 11 design positions across 40 years and three states. She worked…

How to Sell Yourself as a Designer in Portland

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Congratulations! You moved to Portland to start your career as a graphic designer. You’ve just joined the ranks of the young, gifted and under-employed. Before you thrown in your organic cotton towel and head to the barista stand, try these foolproof tips to achieving creative success in the weirdest city…

Portland Design in the 1960s: Tom Lincoln

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“I had a crush on the Jantzen smile girl, Dolores Hawkins,” relates Tom Lincoln with a grin. “One of my first assignments was for Pendleton, to help direct the photography for an ad in front of Robinson’s Department Store in Los Angeles,” Tom recalled. “In the ad, we were using…