37th Annual Pecan Street Festival
The Pecan Street Festival is a free two-day arts festival held twice yearly in downtown Austin’s Sixth Street Historic District. Taking place the last Saturday & Sunday in September, the juried festival attracts hundreds of local and national artisans offering original handcrafted creations in a variety of mediums, from metal, wood, fiber, clay, leather, glass and stone to repurposed materials of all kinds.
2017 Portland Creative Conference
The Portland Creative Conference is an exploration and celebration of the creative process across all creative industries. Bring your team or just bring yourself – either way, you won’t leave the same as you arrived. You’ll be inspired and motivated in new ways, viewing your world with a fresh perspective. Feature presentations from leading creatives who take you inside their creative process and talk about their projects, problems, influences and inspirations.
Discount Code MP20 for 20% off if you book by August 15!
U of O: 9th Annual Get Connected – Pivot Your Career with Networking
The average worker will hold 13 jobs in a lifetime, and 80% of jobs are discovered through networking. Whether you are a graduate student, recent graduate or have decades of experience, you have the most powerful, helpful resource available to land your next job or to advance your career—your network.
Come prepared to challenge your misperceptions about networking: “People are too busy to help” or “You have to be an extrovert to network.” During this interactive session learn to strategically leverage and build your network in unexpected ways.
Fall 2017 RuNT Event – Digging Deep: Finding Creativity in Dark Places
Join us for an evening with Chad Brown: accomplished creative director, founder of Soul River, Inc, and decorated US Navy veteran. He’s found that creativity isn’t just a neat quality to have—it can change your life.
This event is tailored for creative professionals who have, at one time or another, felt stuck. Maybe you were at a job that wasn’t the right fit, bogged down in a period of unemployment, or just going through some darker times in life. Creativity can be a powerful weapon to have on your side.
PAF Extremely Happy Hour: PIA Agency
Join the Portland Ad Federation in welcoming the PIA Agency to Portland for October’s Extremely Happy Hour!
Come see their amazing new space in the historic Newmark Theater and meet the folks that are creating content that helps make the world a better place. They specialize in storytelling through motion, providing creative and strategic development as well as world class production. http://www.thepiaagency.com/
RuNT. Blunt Talk: Cannabis and Design
Join us for a round of Lightning Talks by cannabis product designers, cultural strategists and storytellers, a no holds barred Q&A, and of course, tacos.
Presented by The Creative Party®
RuNT. Priced Out
Portland faces a critical lack of housing inventory, and what’s here is getting more expensive: rents rose 34% between 2010 and 2015 alone. What does this mean for the future of creative work in this city? What will happen if the artists and creative thinkers who make our city vibrant can no longer afford to live or work here? With filmmaker Alain LeTourneau, 1000 Friends of Oregon’s Madeline Kovacs, Neighborhood Partnerships’ Alison McIntosh, and ADX Portland founder Kelley Roy.
RuNT. Alcohol Content
We explored the unique challenges to branding and marketing America’s most popular poison that, critics might say, already sells itself. With R/GA’s Dave Burg, Preacher’s Rob Baird, Hops & Grain founder Josh Hare, Butler Bros’ Jeremy Spencer, and McGarrah Jessee’s Aimee Roberge.
Holiday Party 2016
Winter weather couldn’t stop us from getting together, enjoying seasonal libations, and pointing–lots of and lots of pointing. Welcome back, holidays. Who loves ya baby?
RuNT. Humanizing Technology with Mark Wyner
Don’t look now, but your life depends on user experience design. Smartphones lead us around by the hand, we strap computers to body parts like it’s going out of style, and autonomous cars are already on the road. Thankfully, Mark Wyner is determined to humanize those experiences.
RUNT. The Brewing of a Brand
A good brand sets you apart, tells your story, distinguishes your product, assures your customers…and it better look great while it’s at it. Regardless of brand recipe, in the beer business you need the brew to back it up. We heard the story–both the struggles and successes–of brewers and beer branders as they walked us down the path they’re taking to leave their mark.
Merry Creative Party Party
We gathered the troops at TILT in the Pearl to eat tater tots, drink seasonal cocktails and be merry. Like way, way merry.
RUNT. Be Part of the “Seen”
Four of LA’s most influential creative-industry hiring managers discussed what they love, hate, and ignore about portfolios, and the people who present them. Our panel included Owen Williams—a creative recruiter at advertising agency 72andSunny, Raymond Sanchez—a creative director with BLKBX Creative Group, Bridget Prophet—a freelance creative director whose work includes global campaigns for JetBlue, Mercedes-Benz, American Express, AT&T, Apple, and Starbucks, and Peter Buck—the former creative director at Kastner & Partners and new creative director at Spark 44.
RUNT. Accidentally Awesome with Matthew A. Rhoades
Matt Rhoades is a man on a mission. During his two decades of exceptional creative leadership, no product has been more uniquely crafted than his career itself. Matt is a former global creative director at Nike, an advisor/faculty member at PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy in Portland, and the founder of his own creative agency: Mattelab.com. As a classic overachiever, Matt decided fours years ago to go back to grad school to get his MBA. Not everyone would do it that way, but screw the order of operations!
World Bad LinkedIn Photo Day
Each August, we shock the world by flipping vanity the bird and showing everyone our bad side. This year, you all looked atrocious, abhorrent, BAD—but we couldn’t look away. Click the link below to see the best of the best, and learn how to participate next summer.
Extremely Happy Hour at M+P
Summer kicked off with Extremely Happy Hour at the remodeled offices of Mathys+Potestio, the staffing firm behind thousands of happily employed people and the infamous World Bad LinkedIn Photo Day. Folks schmoozed, boozed, and had their photo taken for the contest in August.
RUNT. The Great Resume Debate 2015
A year later, we again posed the question: what makes a great resume? Three of Portland’s top creative industry recruiters told us what they thought. What changed in a year’s time? Andy Shearer of adidas, Rick Watson of Citizen, and Moira Losch of Swift described what they look for, what they dislike, and what each considers a “great” resume. TLDR: teal.
The line between UI and UX is blurry. One billion new smartphones are sold every year. How are designers adapting their skills to reach the masses, what skills are needed, and what paths can you take in your career? adidas Interaction Designer Scotty Mazariegos and Downstream Sr. Designer Maggie Bethke told us all about their design process, and how they came to work in the field.
The Creative “Holiday” Party 2.0
What even is a “holiday” anyway? Regardless, it was an absolute blast partying with all our wonderful contractors, their friends and our families.
RUNT. CORIZONTAL with Mark Lewman
Every creative confronts the challenge of how to differentiate your work, define yourself and score that magic gig. Mark Lewman is a creative director and partner at Nemo Design whose unconventional career has been condensed into a 45ish minute illustrated hot geyser of advice, inspiration, mistakes, comebacks and worthwhile clichés.
RUNT. Big Brands? Big Deal!
You hear it all the time. Portfolios and resumes featuring big brands are better than those without. Big brands are cool, right? They’re global after all. But does it really matter? And if it does, how do those of us without this experience overcome, or get it? We dispeled the myths and exposed who works at these big brands and how they got there….what do they know that you don’t?
RUNT. The Great Resume Debate
What makes a great resume? It depends on who you ask, so we asked three seasoned creative recruiters what they thought. David Gurley of Wieden+Kennedy, Andy Shearer of adidas, and Rick Watson of Citizen described what they look for, what they dislike, and what each considers a “great” resume. They also shared their favorite “Hall of Shame” stories. Let’s hope your resume was not one of them.
The Creative Party Holiday Party…2013
We laughed, we saw old friends and colleagues, we took photos with complete strangers, and may have had a beer or two. Oh my, what a time.
RUNT. What Employers Want
The real scoop on what employers look for when hiring in the creative industry. Creative Agency Owner Kate Ertman, Vizify Creative Director Jason Blackheart, Global Creative Director at Thunderhead Matt Adams, and Senior Recruiter for Knowledge Universe Sara Stowe provided insight through presentations from their perspective followed by a panel discussion led by Steve Potestio, partner of Mathys+Potestio.
CUD: Portland Inspired
Produced, in partnership, by Sockeye and M+P, CUD was a hands-on happening. A benefit with schmoozing, live music and beer. Attendees paid five bucks for a canvas space to paint whatever inspired them about Portland. Then we auctioned those off. All donations were matched, and used to buy art supplies for the Boys & Girls Club of Portland.