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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Today in Design Week

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Design Week Portland marches on today, with a fresh round of presentations, workshops, and open houses (the NW neighborhood is up today). Here are our picks of the litter:

—The film programming of DWP at the Hollywood offers two interesting options this evening: PNCA's professor of video and sound, Stephen Slappe, has put together a compilation of 16mm films themed around advertising in the '60s and '70s called "Dial D for Design." (Mad Men cosplay not required.) That's at 7 pm, $10.

And, tonight is also the first screening of Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, documenting the subversive French illustrator along with interviews with folks including Maurice Sendak:

—"Dissecting Design," a panel hosted by the Portland Advertising Federation, seeks to address "how great design is achieved using processes and design systems that take us from an understanding of client or consumer need to initial designs to iteration to the production of the final product." Which sounds like a lot of ground to cover. Luckily they have awesome participants like Nike Design Director Wilson Smith III, Tanner Goods founder Sam Huff, Jeff Kovel of SkyLab Architecture, Ziba Creative Director Eric Park, Sandstrom Partners' Steve Sandstrom, and Elizabeth Dye of the English Dept. The program begins at 4:30 today at the EcoTrust building, but "Networking/Arrivals" begins at 4, and there's another networking sesh scheduled from 5:30-6, so I guess put a few extra business cards in your wallet before you go.

Domestic: An American-Made Design Showcase kicks off at the Janey apartments (1155 NW Everett). Hosted by online design journal Made & State, six local interior designers and shopkeepers were tasked with decorating apartments and a rooftop patio using only American-made products. Doors open at 7, and $15 advance tickets can be found here (it's $20 at the door). After tonight, it'll be open from 11 am-6 pm daily through Sunday, and Saturday will also feature a series of trunk shows curated by Portland's most famous (and Emmy-winning) wardrobe stylist, Amanda Needham, and an opportunity to shop the housewares at a pop-up on Sunday, both 11 am-8 pm. Super excited for this one.

—The three-night series Blurred Lines is "a curated exploration of the future of interaction," taking into account developments in technology and the design of physical spaces. There are installations by Wieden+Kennedy, Intel, Fashionbuddha, and ADX, among others, and DJ sets every night through the show's run, which ends Friday. Tonight has Maxx Bass and Nathan Detroit, with Miracles Club's Raf and Beyonda, among others, taking over later this week. That's at Refuge, nightly at 7-11 (till midnight Friday), $20.

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