Development

How an Elite Group Shapes Portland’s Building Boom, Behind the Scenes

The city's changing skyline is shaped in part by a city process called Design Review.

10/16/2019 By Zach Dundas Illustrations by Matthew Billington

Design

How This Icelandic Designer Is Bringing World History to a New Portland Hotel

Designer Halfdan Pedersen travelled the world to fill the new Portland expansion of Reyjavik-based KEX.

10/16/2019 By Marty Patail

Editor's Note

Okay, What Exactly Is Design?

We have a running joke at the magazine: If it’s pretty to look at, it most likely counts as design.

10/16/2019 By Marty Patail

Fashion Event

Sneaker Week 2019 Is Here!

Returning for the third year the programming includes a forum for African-American footwear designers, the Blazers playing 3 on 3 in Chinatown, and so many sneaker lovers.

08/09/2019 By Conner Reed

Design

These Tiny Home-Inspired “Sleeping Pods” Provide Shelter for Portland’s Homeless Women

The Kenton Women’s Village relocated in April with brand-new units designed by local architects.

08/09/2019 By Conner Reed

Summer Beer: Design

Can You Judge a Beer By Its Label?

Portland Monthly's deputy art director says yes, you can.

06/25/2019 By Brian Breneman

Lube News

This Portland Company Wants to Make Sex Look Like More Fun

Out with the bondage vibes—unless that's your thing, which is totally cool.

06/25/2019 By Eden Dawn

Arts & Crafts

Just Look at These Awesome, Metalhead Teapots

The Oregon College of Art and Craft will stop handing out degrees in May, but its amazing craft works live on.

02/22/2019 By Wriik Maui

Cars

Oregonians Can Now Get Sexy Gray Whales on Their License Plates

Bonus: Funds raised from the new plates will support Oregon State’s Marine Mammal Institute.

01/31/2019 By Ryan Ashby

Events

Disrupt Wants to Show Portland It's Not Your Average Design Conference

WeMake's fourth annual event features Y La Bamba's Luz Elena Mendoza, Broccoli's Anja Charbonneau, and illustrator Loveis Wise.

10/09/2018 By Eden Dawn

Editor's Note

Why One Portland Monthly Editor Left Old-School Web Design Behind

And now prefers to write about design in all its many forms.

09/18/2018 By Marty Patail

Pedal Power

A Portlander Sets Out to Remake the Mountain Bike

Can Viral Bikes design away many of cycling's maintenance woes?

09/18/2018 By Sydney Dauphinais

Letter Man

How One Portland Designer Creates Entrancing Typography

Recently transplanted from Cape Town, Jordan Metcalf rewrites the alphabet.

09/18/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Hot Wheels

Portland's One Moto Show Celebrates the Motorcycle in All Its Glorious Forms

The annual show, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019, features more than 180 bikes from around the world.

09/18/2018 By Sam Pape

Design

Can This Portland Company Revolutionize the Mountain Bike?

Viral Bikes founder Steve Domahidy breaks down his innovative design.

07/11/2018 By Sydney Dauphinais

Design

Vero Watch Company Releases New Series in Collaboration with Wildwood

This Friday, party down and behold the brand's newest timepiece.

06/21/2018 By Talullah Plummer-Blanco

Architecture

A New Housing Concept on N Williams Aims to Change How Some Portlanders Age

The 70-unit Canyons building is all about aging in place—and staying out of the nursing home.

06/14/2018 By Emily Davis

Design

The 5 Biketown Design Winners Are Here

The quintet of winning designs—one for each of the city's quadrants—are now rolling through Portland streets.

05/22/2018 By Catherine Johnson

Design

Paul Bunyan vs. Polka Dots: The 15 Biketown Design Finalists Are Here

You have until May 3 to vote on your favorite for each Portland quadrant.

04/27/2018 By Marty Patail

City of Design

The Essential Guide to Design Week Portland 2018

The city’s annual celebration of deep thoughts and sharp looks is back. Here’s your ultimate preview.

03/27/2018 Edited by Marty Patail