1. "Nestled in a predominantly industrial neighborhood in Southeast Portland, Spooltown’s large garage door is typically up during work hours. Machines hum and threads roll by, as sunlight from the open doors pours into the small factory workroom. The transparency evident here is valuable on multiple levels—it lets consumers understand what it takes to produce a product; it sets a tone for potential clients who can see works in progress; and it shows what happens when the making process expands out from the home studio. This is what the next stage of the DIY philosophy looks like: a small factory run by two women, backed by a creative staff of 16, all toiling away in an open factory in the middle of the city. Welcome to Portland."
Namita Gupta Wiggers wrote about local production house Spooltown for the Metropolis blog. Read more here.

    "Nestled in a predominantly industrial neighborhood in Southeast Portland, Spooltown’s large garage door is typically up during work hours. Machines hum and threads roll by, as sunlight from the open doors pours into the small factory workroom. The transparency evident here is valuable on multiple levels—it lets consumers understand what it takes to produce a product; it sets a tone for potential clients who can see works in progress; and it shows what happens when the making process expands out from the home studio. This is what the next stage of the DIY philosophy looks like: a small factory run by two women, backed by a creative staff of 16, all toiling away in an open factory in the middle of the city. Welcome to Portland."

    Namita Gupta Wiggers wrote about local production house Spooltown for the Metropolis blog. Read more here.

  2. “‘I don’t think people outside Portland realize how small it is,’ says Robinson. ‘If you do good work, it resonates. And if you don’t, that also resonates.’”
Clifton Burt talks to architect Thomas Robinson for the Metropolis blog. Read more here.

    “‘I don’t think people outside Portland realize how small it is,’ says Robinson. ‘If you do good work, it resonates. And if you don’t, that also resonates.’”

    Clifton Burt talks to architect Thomas Robinson for the Metropolis blog. Read more here.

  3. "The idea behind a tech incubator like PIE is to gather a group of aspiring, tech-focused entrepreneurs into a single (usually physical) space, and do everything you can to turn them into viable businesses. The model’s influence is greater than you might think: Airbnb, Dropbox, and reddit, for example, are all graduates of Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley incubator where they worked on their product before finding success."
Carl Alviani wrote about PIE (the Portland Incubator Experiment) for the Metropolis blog. Read more here.

    "The idea behind a tech incubator like PIE is to gather a group of aspiring, tech-focused entrepreneurs into a single (usually physical) space, and do everything you can to turn them into viable businesses. The model’s influence is greater than you might think: Airbnb, Dropbox, and reddit, for example, are all graduates of Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley incubator where they worked on their product before finding success."

    Carl Alviani wrote about PIE (the Portland Incubator Experiment) for the Metropolis blog. Read more here.

  4. Curious about what’s happening to the hundreds of flags that adorned our HQ during DWP? We have something special in store. Sneak peek in the video above, filmed by Peter Simon on location at Spooltown with Kate Bingaman-Burt.

  5. brianbmadden:

Jumped at the chance to try the DIY illustrated photo booth @weareparliament @designweekpdx closing party! Thanks for doing that, @floodster 🍄 #1up #dwpdx #supermario (at Parliament Inc)

    brianbmadden:

    Jumped at the chance to try the DIY illustrated photo booth @weareparliament @designweekpdx closing party! Thanks for doing that, @floodster 🍄 #1up #dwpdx #supermario (at Parliament Inc)

  6. whatonplanetearth:

Visited the museum of metal typography and had an awesome time learning about traditional typesetting. #dwpdx #psugd #linotype #typography (at C. C. Stern Type Foundry)

    whatonplanetearth:

    Visited the museum of metal typography and had an awesome time learning about traditional typesetting. #dwpdx #psugd #linotype #typography (at C. C. Stern Type Foundry)

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