Well...that was fun. The first ever Sketch Jam is officially in the books. We weren't sure what to expect, but based on the positive reactions from our judges, competitors and audience, we think it's safe to say it was a success. Sixteen competitors, five judges, and four rounds meant lots of seriously cool sketching happening.
Are you a wet-behind-the-ears student looking for an angle into the big leagues of product design? Are you a grizzled design veteran desperate for a last shot at glory? Can you sketch like a fiend? Ideate in your sleep? Are you only truly at peace while bathing in the heat
At Hand-Eye Supply we offer a standing discount of 40% off our American-Made Aprons to all service industry people (proof in the form of ID required, just FYI) – but for one week only we are offering this discount to everyone.
There's one surfer bar in Budapest, Hungary, and it has a basement. In that basement is a guy in love with 70s polyester-heavy style, old school outdoor gear, and long lasting products. This guy is Balazs Lakotos, and he started making YKRA (pronounced eek-rah) bags back in 2011. Since then,
Our knife selection this holiday season includes a bunch of pocket knives for casual day to day use. They're all sleek, slim, and super-lightweight. Our two new favorites are the Otter Messer Mercator in Brass and Copper. Along with a lot of other folks, we've come to love the Mercator
As 2016 closes, we reflect on the year and prepare for the best that 2017 will bring. Surely the finest way to celebrate is with loved ones, and the next best way is to give them something timeless, useful, and beautiful to show appreciation for the goodness and undeniable utility
Leaning into our tendency toward nostalgia and love for vintage goods, we're happy to add Hand-Eye Glass Mugs and Bowls to our selection. The mugs and bowls will likely remind you of something you first laid eyes on in your grandmother's kitchen, at a sweet flea market or diner, or
We introduced Vetra in the spring. We were intent on bringing it in because the boxes from France would not simply be full of quality workwear but also decades of family tradition, a culture of perseverance, and a brand we could proudly champion. People in Portland and beyond seemed to
Portland continues to establish itself as a prime place to make and do. We talk often of the "Maker Movement" and frequently speak of our desire to make, create, and buy right here in Portland. Kelley Roy (pc: PDX Monthly) These sensibilities may be stronger in no one other
Before the 1980's, nearly all of the commercial art in the country was either hand-painted, bent from neon tubes, screen printed, or a combination of these. Sign men drove around in trucks, vans and station wagons spattered with stray enamel paint in all colors, sometimes themselves sporting subtle to wild
Knife sharpening is an art, a craft, and a way to communicate. And from our work and time spent with Yohhei Sato, he really lives and breathes this stuff. He's a passionate craftsmen and he'll join us tonight for Curiosity Club to talk about the art of knife sharpening. Sato
A few years back, Lane Walkup moved her life and her studio from North Carolina to Portland, Oregon. Bending steel wire into playful shapes, characters, and words, Lane's work is unlike anything we've seen. We've been longtime fans, so it was a pleasure to hang out, see what's she's working
The Shinwa Sliding Bevel Gauge is a pretty darn good tool. Up to this point, I have just always used an old wood and brass Stanley, which is fine and I will continue to use it, but now along with my new Shinwa. The Stanley sure is a chunky fella,
John Pickett Council founded the family business in 1886 and 130 years on, Council Tool is still known for making hand tools of strength, quality, and durability. Made with pride and expertise in North Carolina, all Council tools meet a time-tested standard. Hudson 28" AxeCouncil, the company's founder, established
Amy Dragon works for Cascade Record Pressing in Milwaukie, OR. Cascade Record Pressing is the first large production automated record pressing plant in the Pacific Northwest. Amy joined Cascade just before their grand opening in May 2015, and she's committed to their mission of producing high quality records for discerning
I was born in 1991. Film still reigned over digital, but the non-celluloid movement was certainly starting to make waves (and scare folks at Fuji and Kodak). I first used a dinky (sort of) auto-focus Minolta and Canon cameras, crunched my way through a healthy number of disposables, and then
Colt Bowden's been a developing painter and hand letterer since kindergarten. He officially started painting signs in 1999. And he earned a BFA in Illustration in 2012. Now he operates Mac Sign Painting with his buddy Mitch Horning, publishes little books on the history of his craft, and if you've
Adi Goodrich and Sean Pecknold are two parts of the Los Angeles based Sing Sing Studio. They're prolific and immensely talented visual artists, and they've come together, through an obsession with children's books and a belief that kids are smarter than us, to make a children's book of their own.
Gianluca Gimini is a product designer and also a graphic designer and also an illustrator. But he's officially an architect. When you have such talent and passion, I suppose it can't be confined to one arena. He works as a professor in Bologna, Italy and makes incredible projects like Velocipedia.
There is a certain kind of book that exists between a technical manual and a true piece of theory or literature. There's a book like this that I keep under the dash of my 1965 VW Bus: John Muir's 1969 VW repair manual How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive. It's
Homer Davenport, Mel Blanc, Matt Groening, Phil Knight, Dan Wieden, Jim Blashfield, Will Vinton—just a few cogs in Portland's historic pop machine. The Rose City has a history of keeping a pulse on pop culture and often getting ahead of said pulse. Anne Richardson and Carl Abbot know this machine
Portlanders like us cherish the fleeting bright moments to plow the earth and play in the sun. Like all others in the country and throughout the world, we're starting to enjoy longer days, warmer winds, and a long list of to-do's and to-see's, and we're acting on all our sun-inspired
Draplin. "Household name" is hardly a stretch. Neither is calling him one of the most influential graphic designers and speakers in the country. For the past decade, Aaron Draplin's been inventing his life, his clients, and he's been telling people why it matters. He's made so much stuff now, he
Over the last ten days, the soon-to-be Coroflot office has transformed from a floor on wheels to, well, something that's truly on it's way to becoming an office.Standing in front of the trailer, now with beams raised, a polished floor, and a panel of polycarbonate giving us a sense of
We're back with another iteration of Worn Warriors. Last time, we wrote about the Datsuns of downtown. This time around, we're a little less jovial, a little more thoughtful, and we might even have a touch of melancholy as we consider the history and future implications of a dying firehouse
It's 2012. Laurence Sarrazin and Eric Ludlum (Core77's Editorial Director) have dreams of finishing a "tiny house"—a 280 sq. foot home for a family of four. They've run through prototypes and workshops, designed a structure and bracket system, and a 28' x 10' trailer is custom built by MS Metal
When I was 8 years old, my late grandmother, less than a year before she passed, gave me a two-fold leather wallet with a Nebraska Cornhuskers logo impressed on it. (I'm from the Midwest.) In love with both the wallet and my grandmother, I carried that leather gem for 16
We're never slow to talk about the principles of our buying philosophy - Utility, Story, Design. With any product or practice in our store, these tenants are at the forefront. The arrival of the new Vetra collection is a proud moment for us, a continuation of practices born out of
A true Oregonian, Christian Kaylor was born and raised in the state and holds a degree from the University of Oregon. Kaylor has spent just about the entirety of his career working in Oregon politics and economics—it's tough to find an individual better suited to comment on the financial state
We usually write about cars, photos, and the history and machines behind those two things. We thought there might be a way for us, despite haling from different disciplines, to combine our talents into one blogging force. The
It's not complicated: less shopping time means more shop time. We've taken two workshop essentials, paired them together, and cut the price. Now through the end of March, choose either our original Herringbone Work or Waist Apron and get our most popular safety specs to match for $42.00. Both the
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