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

NEWS

A Peek at PDX Airport’s New Carpet

We reveal the new carpet design to replace the Portland International Airport's 25-year-old rug next year

12/12/2013 By Cari Johnson

DESIGN NEWS

Reinventing the Ball

Adidas unveils the Brazuca, the official match ball of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

12/03/2013 By Marty Patail

NIGHTSTAND

Sasquatch Books' New Kiddie Imprint Showcases Northwest Art & Design

Seattle's Sasquatch Books kicks off its new children's imprint with a Portland-centric ABC and other titles.

12/03/2013 By Kristin Leigh

HOME & GARDEN

Backyard Agriculture Meets Legos? Yes!

Portland start-up Together Farm turns recycled plastic into snap-together raised garden beds.

12/03/2013 By Zach Dundas

DESIGN FINDS

Grant Michael's House of Vintage Oddities

A warehouse-like wonderland in the Central Eastside holds a menagerie of rusty, dusty, weird treasures.

11/26/2013 By Alexandria Bordas

WORKSHOP

The Good Mod's Cool, Hands-On Approach to Modern Furniture

The treasure hunts, rebuilds, and curatorial whimsy behind a budding mid-century empire.

11/26/2013 By Cari Johnson

DESIGN

Adidas Enters the 2014 World Cup

With the world's biggest sporting event less than a year away, Adidas' North American headquarters in Portland is abuzz with activity.

11/15/2013 By Marty Patail

Article

Our Fall Favorites From Schoolhouse Electric

The Northwest Portland-based indie homegoods dynamo reveals the inspirations behind five great designs.

11/15/2013 By Haley Martin

Article

Stephan Alexandr Makes It Home

The local artist and designer's show at Gallery Zero reflects on a decade of creating in Portland before a big move south to LA.

11/15/2013 By Nathan Tucker

DIY

Map-Making 101

Mapstack’s groovy new database lets you unleash your inner cartographer and create beautiful, unique maps for free.

08/22/2013 By Kristin Belz

DESIGN

Pattern People's Prints Take Over Portland Design

How a local studio crafts fashion-forward patterns for walls, clothes, and beyond.

08/01/2013 By Alisha Gorder

GARDEN EVENTS

Designers Garden Tour 2013

Visit seven gardens on Portland’s west side for DIY design inspiration—or to find the perfect designer for your own garden.

06/17/2013 By Kate Bryant

DESIGN NEWS

Portland ParkScore #7 in National Tests!

Take that, #10 Seattle! For us in Portland, appreciating our parks is second nature.

06/12/2013 By Kristin Belz