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Branding, Digital

Introducing Adaptive Reuse for Experience Design & Development

Does the word “redesign” terrify you? How about “adaptive reuse”? You don’t always need the all-in investment of a total redesign and rebuild. Blake Scott explains “adaptive reuse” in the context of digital experiences, and how we used an adaptive reuse strategy to reinvent our very own site, portent.com.

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Architecture

92nd Street Remodel & Addition: Before & After

Nothing like some dramatic “Before & After” photos to document a major residential remodel and addition! Explore everything from the front entry to the master bath – complete with a narrative about what we changed, and why – and learn what it took to give a house with an odd history a whole new chapter.

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Branding, Digital

It’s Party Time: Marley Natural Wins Some ADDYs!

Marley Natural won some ADDYs! This gal experienced the awards gala from the outside, but she’s super proud of Blake and the team for pulling it off award-winning style. Clock that as one Silver for design/dev, and another for the social campaign at the Seattle level, and then another Silver for design/dev at regionals! BOOM!

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Conceptual, Product

TECHlace 3D Printed Jewelry Proposal: Design Process

A behind-the-scenes look at the design process for the TECHlace entry to the 2015 Wonderluk Design Competition for 3D Printed Jewelry, discussing how the proposal was developed from concept through execution.

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Branding, Digital

Light It Up: Marley Natural International Brand Launch Website

Every journey has a story. This story takes you behind-the-scenes of our journey through integrative web design & development for the international brand launch of Marley Natural, the official cannabis brand of Bob Marley. From early concept ideation, to an early morning, high-profile launch, follow along the path that led to that moment of “lighting it up.”

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Architecture

Quick Fixes for Workspaces: The Creative Team Room at Portent, Inc.

Whether we realize it or not, we are all affected by our environment, both physically and emotionally. It impacts the work we do, and how we feel while doing it. Luckily, even a difficult space can be improved with a few, basic, low impact, low cost interventions.

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Architecture, Digital

What Does Architecture Have to Do with Web Design & Development?

There’s a good reason that information technology professionals have co-opted the terminology of traditional architects and engineers. The processes of creating physical spaces and information spaces require similar strategies for problem-solving, throughout design and development, and both are focused on handling complexity elegantly.

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Architecture

92nd Street Remodel & Addition: Early Design Sketches

Designing a house is no small endeavor, and visualizing ideas is key. Not everyone can imagine a space from an architectural drawing, so quickly executed graphic sketches can be very useful to communicate ideas as the design process unfolds. This collection explores an early phase of design for the 92nd Street Remodel & Addition.

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Branding

A Shot at a Yahoo Logo Revamp

Dear Yahoo, The ’90s called. They want their logo back... Yahoo just admitted publicly what people under 35 have known for years: they are the mascot of “Old People Internet.” Well, Yahoo, the time is ripe for you to build a cocoon, spend some time reorganizing your entire being, and then emerge relevant again. But, just one thing: it better be with a new logo, like, say, this one.

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Branding, Conceptual, Product

A ShoeBox for Nike Reuse-A-Shoe

The successful launch of the ShoeBox Installation on the University of Oregon campus caught the attention of Nike Corporate, who asked us to pull together a proposal for a ShoeBox customized for Nike Reuse-A-Shoe that could potentially boost shoe recycling collection at Nike stores.

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Branding, Product

ShoeBox Installation: The Build

The story behind the construction of the ShoeBox Installation, a philanthropic initiative at the University of Oregon, benefiting Nike Reuse-A-Shoe & Hope4Hoopers. The ShoeBox is a flagship shoe recycling bin built of salvaged materials, designed to promote – and encourage participation in – a campus-wide shoe collection drive led by “A Step in the Right Direction.”

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Musings, Product

Entering the FLOR Carpet Tile Design Contest

Sometimes, submitting to a design contest means submitting more than just your entry. Sometimes, it means submitting to using poorly-designed web tools. And, yes, sometimes, it means submitting to grinning and bearing it because it’s just not that big of a deal. But, still, please, everyone, retire your dated web tools! This is why.

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Digital, Musings

Serendipitous Juxtaposition: Sleuth & Substance, A Digital Pinboard

In the world of Pinterest and Tumblr, digital pinboards are all the rage, and for good reason. Curation is king, and I love it, but, let me tell you, this girl can organize the rest of you under the table, and yet sometimes, it’s still serendipitous juxtaposition that wins it all and drops the mic.

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Architecture, Conceptual

Post-Production Rendering: Before & After

Through the fog of the last term of architecture school, I realized I didn’t have any photorealistic renderings in my portfolio, and so, I dipped my toe in to explore what it takes to convert an image from barren to believable. What does it take? Boatloads, and boatloads of post-production.

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Product

Wedged Walnut Cabinet: The Build

A consolidated collection of posts on the construction/build process for the Wedged Walnut Cabinet, a one-off piece of furniture. Composed of walnut, formaldehyde-free MDF, and brushed steel, the Wedged Walnut Cabinet was built by hand in the wood shop at the University of Oregon School of Allied Arts.

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Product

Wedged Walnut Cabinet: Design Process

A consolidated collection of posts on the design process of the Wedged Walnut Cabinet, a one-off piece of hand-built furniture designed to become a modern heirloom. From early conceptual sketches and schemes that didn’t make the cut, to a final rendered proposal, trace the evolution of the project before it was realized in the wood shop.

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Product

Stealth Whimsy Side Table: The Build

A consolidated collection of posts on the construction/build process for the Stealth Whimsy Side Table, a one-off piece of conceptual furniture. Composed of ApplePly, laser cut acrylic, and hot rolled steel, the Stealth Whimsy Side Table was built by hand in the wood shop at the University of Oregon School of Allied Arts.

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Product

Stealth Whimsy Side Table: Design Process

A consolidated collection of posts on the design process of the Stealth Whimsy Side Table, a one-off piece of conceptual furniture that switches between “rest” and “play” at the whim of the user. The table thereby draws attention to itself, taking a firm stance in support of a Side Table Revolution.

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