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Getting Scrappy with Social Media: PRSA Austin’s July 2017 Happy Hour

With the multitude of social media platforms and tools to choose from in today’s saturated digital environment, how can you find the right strategy to make your organization’s content stand out?

To learn the do’s and don’ts behind a strong digital strategy, PRSA Austin invited marketing experts from social media marketing and management company, Spredfast, and software solutions leader Silicon Labs to share how digital marketing and social media can help businesses make a big impact.

Added bonus: Light appetizers and refreshments.

Where Spredfast Austin Headquarters
200 W Cesar Chavez, Suite 600
Austin, Texas 78701 Map

Cost Non-Members $10 ; Free for PRSA Members

When Thu, Jul 27
6:00 pm

Portland Ad Federation: Extremely Happy Hour at Bonfire Marketing

Extremely Happy Hour! Join the Portland Ad Federation and the folks at Bonfire Marketing for drinks and conversation. Bonfire is executing (with precision) some of the best digital marketing in town.

Where Bonfire Marketing Company
3530 North Vancouver Avenue
Portland, OR 97227 Map

Cost $5 suggested donation for non-members

When Thu, Jul 27
4 pm - 6 pm

Creative Mornings, PDX: D’Wayne Edwards

Over the course of his 28-year career, D’Wayne has received numerous design awards, voted one of Fast Companies Most Creative People in 2014, owns over 40 patens and designed over 500 styles for premiere athletes such as Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony and Michael Jordan.


In 2010 D’Wayne founded the 1st academy in the U.S. dedicated to Footwear Design called PENSOLE. PENSOLE has quickly become the premiere footwear design school in the world by secured partnerships with the industries top footwear brands, retailers and has over 200 former PENSOLE students working professionally for some of today’s top brands: Nike, Under Armor, Adidas, New Balance, Brooks, Keen, Timberland, Converse, JORDAN and others globally.


*** tickets go live at 9 am on 7/24 ***

Where Portland Art Museum - Sunken Ballroom
1119 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205 Map


When Fri, Jul 28
8:30 am - 10:00 am

University of Oregon Workshop: Shaping Space with Fabric

Learn about minimal structures through manipulating fabric.  The group will create temporary walls and tent-like enclosures by using bodies, rods and hoops to tension sheet materials. They’ll bring the materials, techniques and images of some forms to try.  You to bring your enthusiasm, imagination and openness to new possibilities.


For more information, see  or contact Nancy Cheng at

Where PLACE studio
735 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 Map


When Sat, Jul 29
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

AIGA Austin presents Small Talks: UX FOR NEW TECH. Integrated Reality “A New Understanding of Computing – and the Self.”

Explore the future of digital experiences without traditional user interfaces, and how ordinary objects can be brought to life through technology. In this interactive tour and discussion session at argodesign, you’ll experience early prototypes of light-based user interactions and other physical computing demonstrations, learn how to Think by Making, get to know your MetaMe (the new digital/physical you!), and participate in discussions on design for cognitive systems/AI, data visualization, and technology as an artistic medium.

Snacks, adult beverages, and a glimpse of the future of technology will be provided.

Where Argodesign
2901 South 1st
Austin, TX 78704 Map

Cost $5

When Wed, Aug 02
6:00 - 8:30 pm

Hammer Museum’s Family Day: Art for Good

Make art, make an impact. Hammer Museum’s free, annual family festival fills the museum with art, music, improv, performances, and more.

Artist-led workshops include making manifesto tea towels for a collective artwork that will be donated to a nonprofit organization, a composting workshop that involves repurposing your food waste and walking away with a living sculpture, speaking up for those who aren’t always heard, by responding to wordsmiths like Walt Whitman and Kendrick Lamar, and even transforming into an empathy superhero by making a costume.

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


When Sat, Aug 19
11 am - 3 pm

The Contemporary Austin Drift-In Theater: Life of Pi

Exclusively for Members. The floating summer film series in Laguna Gloria’s scenic, secluded lagoon continues wth Life of Pi. Watercraft both large and small are invited to anchor at sunset and enjoy this unique experience!
Yan Martel’s beloved novel Life of Pi is transformed on screen, telling the story of a young boy and his survival of a perilous shipwreck in the Pacific Ocean. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to view this visually stunning film by water!

Tickets coming soon, please stay tuned – available to Contemporary Austin Members only.

Where Laguna Gloria Lagoon
3809 W 35th St
Austin, TX 78703 Map

Cost $25 for small craft, $50 for large craft

When Fri, Sep 01
8:30 pm (Lagoon opens at 7:30)

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!

Where Gerding Theater at the Armory
128 NW 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 Map

Cost $124 General Admission (Use code MP20 for 20% discount before August 15)

When Fri, Sep 29
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Past Events

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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.