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Guide Launch – We The People Are Powerful!

Scout Books in partnership with Business For A Better Portland present the launch of We The People Are Powerful!, a pocket guide to understanding your rights. It covers grassroots organizing, Oregon’s legislature and election cycles, along with contact information for your local representatives. Written by the Scout Books Equity Alliance, and featuring illustrations from Sarah Mirk, Sarah Day, Jillian Barthold and Samantha Cohen.

Where The Redd
831 SE Salmon St.
Portland, OR 97214 Map

Cost Free

When Thu, Apr 27
4pm PT

a previous open projector night

Hammer Open Projector Night, Spring 2017

You supply the film. They supply the popcorn. The Hammer will screen any film under 10 minutes for our raucous, irreverent audience and comedian emcees the Sklar Brothers. Sign-ups are first come, first served, between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Be prepared for cheers and jeers.

Where Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024 Map

Cost Free

When Thu, Apr 27
7:30pm PT

Jami Curl in the flesh

CreativeMornings PDX: Jami Curl

Jami Curl is the author of Candy is Magic and the founder of QUIN – a small batch, handmade candy company headquartered in Portland. She loves working with sugar, exploring the magic of candy and telling the perfect story. In addition to creating QUIN’s recipes, Jami leads a team of candy makers, customer service staff and wholesale specialists to provide retail partners across the country with a variety of QUIN specialties.

Where The Armory
128 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209 Map

Cost Waitlist

When Fri, Apr 28
8:30am PT

Karin Fong

CreativeMornings LA: Karin Fong

Karin Fong is an Emmy-award winning director and designer. A founding member of Imaginary Forces, she works at the intersection of live-action, design, and animation. Among her best-known works are the iconic title sequences for Boardwalk Empire, South Park, and Black Sails, as well as the main titles of numerous feature films.

Where Herman Miller Showroom
3641 Holdrege Ave
Suite 100
Culver City, CA 90016 Map

Cost Waitlist

When Fri, Apr 28
10am PT

you can drink, you can draw

PIGSquad + Patreon Present: Drink N’ Draw

PIGSquad and Patreon have joined forces to host an evening of locally-made games and art! Games will be open for everyone to play and all artists (or non-artists!) are welcome to make game-inspired art. Along with the 16 local indie games, they’ll have Virtual Reality stations, including Tilt Brush!

Where The Evergreen PDX
618 SE Alder St
Portland, OR 97214 Map

Cost Free

When Fri, Apr 28
6pm PT

CRAFT interior

CreativeMornings ATX: David Ryan

David Ryan is co-founder and CEO of Navigo, a software science and engineering firm headquartered in Austin. Navigo builds brilliant software for the largest public and private institutions across a breadth of disciplines. David encourages colleagues to become entrepreneurs themselves. Leading by example, he has cofounded two audacious startups, Markup and X994, in wildly disparate (yet occasionally intersecting) spaces: Analyzing mountains of government data and delivering systems of satellites and underwater robots to comprehensively map the ocean floor, respectfully.

4704A E Cesar Chavez St #5
Austin, TX 78702 Map

Cost Waitlist

When Fri, Apr 28
8am CT

Telefon No. 2: A National Poetry Month Reading + Party

Housed inside a 1940s antique telephone booth, this year’s installation features new poems on the theme of time travel by Stephanie Adams-Santos, Becky Win, Lillian Ruth Nickerson, Leslie Grollman, Jimi La, Jessica Lynne Henkle, and Dao Strom. And a long-form poetry + sound collaboration by Angie Sabin and Brandi Katherine Herrera.

Where noun: a person's place for things.
3300 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214 Map

Cost Free

When Sat, Apr 29
6pm PT

panel on stage at Doug Fir

Music Marketing Meet-Up: Music Licensing

In association with Vortex Music Magazine and J-Fell Presents, MOGO Music Festival is hosting a free Music Business Forum for anyone in the Portland music community who wishes to learn more about music business best practices. In this session, find out about the process of getting a song included in a movie, TV show, video game or advertisement. Get insight and expertise from the musician, agency and legal perspectives.

Where Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214 Map

Cost Free

When Sun, Apr 30
1pm PT

Past Events

eddie opara

PARASITES: The Power of Design in Evolving Spaces with Eddie Opara

Eddie Opara brings his multi-disciplinary background to the Portland scene and invites the community to join him for a daytime workshop of prototyping and making. The workshop will be a hands-on experience that will challenge you to re-image, craft new purposes, and infuse meaning within everyday spaces.

buildings lit up with red, white and blue

Artist Talk: Dave Colangelo on Massive Media

How does technology like ubiquitous computing, addressable LEDs, projectors, networks and urban screens change how we feel about our homes, workplaces and community spaces? In other words, what is the digital life of a building or a monument? Can we envision how the social life of buildings might change in the future? In this talk, PSU Assistant Professor in Digital Culture Dave Colangelo asks and answers questions about how digital technology is changing how we experience our environments.

various devices on a green background

Small Talks: UX For New Tech

A disscission of the Internet of Things and Omnichannel Design @ Mutual Mobile. Voice, Chatbots, IoT, Virtual Reality. How does design evolve with new platforms that challenge us to think beyond the classic visual interface. How do the rules change when we shift from visual to auditory interactions?

a telltale urban environment

Rooftop Architecture & Design Film Series: Invention by Mark Lewis

An anthology of fourteen silent films—from famous corners of the Louvre museum in Paris to the modernist buildings of Oscar Niemeyer in São Paulo and Mies van der Rohe in Toronto—Invention takes us on a dynamic tour of fluctuating cityscapes. The anthology captures the texture of these places, their landmarks, and the people who inhabit their streets and buildings, with images of glass, light, shifting reflections, hard concrete, spiral staircases—and paintings. With Invention, Lewis nods to the experimental city symphony documentaries of the 1920s, which were made to capture day-in-the-life portraits of cities and their urban inhabitants.


The Rosey Awards

Your taxes. Your first car. The Roseys. Some things are unforgettable. Let’s salute some of Portland’s most creative and talented at this year’s Rosey Awards on April 26th. Grab your ticket and let’s celebrate!

slightly burnt house

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: 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.