VISUAL THINKING

XPlane Tranforms Global Companies with the Power of Doodling

Using drawings, skits, role-playing, and the power of "show, don't tell," one local design consultancy generates some seriously smart thinking.

10/10/2014 By Kelly Clarke

THE STATE OF CRAFT

6 Design Stars Shaping Portland’s Craft Scene

It's no secret that our city is a hotbed of impressive stuff. Meet the makers behind the magic.

10/01/2014 By Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Aaron Scott, Benjamin Tepler, and Marty Patail

PANDORA'S BOX

How I Built My Home

An architecture critic tries his hand at designing and building. And thus begins the adventure.

10/01/2014 By Randy Gragg

DESIGN ANNUAL

Buy the Portland Monthly Design Annual: A Deep Dive Into A City of Brilliant Design

From amazing new homes to the best local makers to a pair of lavish houseboats, our debut Design Annual reveals Portland's sharpest work.

09/30/2014 By Zach Dundas

HOME DESIGN

Rummer Revival

During the ’60s and ’70s, Robert Rummer built nearly 1,000 iconic post-and-beam style homes in Oregon. This is the story of one.

08/01/2014

HOME DECOR

18 Gorgeous Vintage Wallpapers from a Portland Company's Treasure Trove

Bolling & Co.'s stash of early 20th Century wallpapers reveals the depth, beauty, and intricacy of a long-ignored medium.

07/29/2014 By Sarah Richards

CUSTOM CRAFT SPOTLIGHT

The Story Behind Holiday Custom's Badass Made-From-Scratch Motorcycles

The handcrafted Portland rides enjoy a broad (even famous) following.

07/08/2014 By Caleb Diehl

HIGH CRAFT SPOTLIGHT

Skulls, Spines, Whorls, and Wings: The Creepy/Beautiful World of Woodworker Laura Buchan

A Portland sculptor carves her own eerie menagerie.

07/07/2014 By Sarah Richards

NEWS

Portland Monthly: The One-Page Edition | May 2014

We distilled a magazine's worth of stories onto a single page. See the condensed awesomeness!

05/01/2014 With Randy Gragg, Caitlin Feldman, Maya Seaman, and Peter Holmstrom

DESIGN MEDIA

10 Things You Didn't Know About Kinfolk Magazine

The scrappy backstory and bold strategies behind the Portland-based entertaining magazine's global triumph.

04/22/2014 By Zach Dundas and Benjamin Tepler

ARCHITECTURE

Fieldwork Builds a Design Portfolio by Hand

A new player among Portland architecture firms emphasizes rapid prototyping, in-house making, and wide-ranging scale.

04/01/2014 By Zach Dundas

Slideshow

Fieldwork Design's Handcrafted Architecture, Furniture, and Interiors

A new Portland firm gets off to a fast start with an aesthetic that emphasizes hands-on production.

03/31/2014

HOME

House of Castellon Designs the Perfect Portland Blanket

House of Castellon creates a new brand dedicated to Oregon-sourced materials and design.

03/27/2014 By Caitlin Feldman Photography by Lauren Lark

Storytelling & Design

Local Video Project Takes the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Path

Portland designer dreams up a video character Frank Aberdean to celebrate retro cool—and user interactivity.

03/07/2014 By Caitlin Feldman

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

How Ziba Reinvented the Low-Budget Speaker

When an international brand wanted a new look (and higher quality) for its entry-level audio gear, Portland's signature industrial design firm stepped in.

02/03/2014 By Zach Dundas

SPACES

Schoolhouse Electric's Founder Escapes From the Digital World

Brian Faherty creates a warm, off-the-grid workspace.

01/21/2014 By Nathan Tucker

HOME DESIGN

An Eco-Chic Passive House

After years of designing elaborate energy-efficiency systems, architect Jeff Stern turned to a simpler concept for his own home: the thermos.

01/02/2014 By Randy Gragg Photography by Bruce Wolf

HIT LIST

14 Creative Calendars for 2014

Organize your new year with a creative calendar hand-crafted by Portland artists.

12/18/2013 By Molly Woodstock

RETAIL SCOUT

Introducing: Budd & Finn

A cute new Old Town shop expresses its owner's love of home, eclectic design, rescue animals, and birds. Lots of birds.

12/16/2013 By Ally Bordas

DESIGN

Q&A with Rand Miller, Designer of Digital Worlds

The Spokane-based creator of classic adventure videogames Myst and Riven talks about his company’s return to the genre.

12/12/2013 By Marty Patail