Fueled by the passion for learning, sharing, and creating.
This is the foundation of WeMake.

We are a local, non-profit 501 C(3)  that helps to foster art and design in Portland, Oregon's creative community through hands-on experiences, creative dialogue, and design-in-action initiatives. All of our events are focused on the process of making and the spirit of community.


Nikki McClure with Mary Kate McDevit

Nikki McClure with Mary Kate McDevit


sketchXchange is a night of inspiration and drawing. It’s a chance to peek into the sketchbooks of some of our favorite illustrators and learn about their process. Meet our latest guest.

Hand Lettering with BT Livermore

Hand Lettering with BT Livermore


We coordinate discovery workshops within Portland’s craftsmen community. If you're interested in collaborating with us, or have an idea for a workshop, drop us a line.

WeMake Celebrates

WeMake Celebrates

design in action

We like to give back. In the last three years, with the help of the Portland community we have donated more than $50,000 to arts and music education.

Make A Logo The DDC Way

Go behind the scenes with the DDC and learn about Aaron’s process for creating marks, logos and more. Each student will attack a logo on their own with guidance from Aaron. Could be something you are currently working on, or, have always wanted to make. Tips, tricks, tales and threats will be shared along the way. The workshop will be five hours, and refreshments as well as lunch will be provided. Bring a laptop, Field Notes, pencil and an iron will! 

Exciting DDC door prizes to all who attend. How sweet is that!

PLACE: In our headquarters at Tillamook Station / 665 N Tillamook Street, 97227

We got the goods for your maker.

Looking for something special for the maker (or two) in your house? We've got a few things that are truly Portland, and perfect for any creative.

Buy something, do good, give back.

All purchases go towards funding programming and to help us stay sustainable!

  • Our new Pencil Cases are made from recycled 2015 conference bags. They're perfect for pencils, pens, make-up or anything, they're that versatile!
  • The Process is Golden Pin, is a beautiful gold cast hard enamel pin designed for this years conference by type designer & letterer Mark Caneso.
  • Our Maker Patch is one-of-a-kind, bold, and makes a statement anytime.
  • Collectable Field Notes! Letterpressed for our sketchXchange with Josh Higgins that was moderated by Aaron Draplin. You won't find these anywhere else!

Behind the scenes—
2016 WeMake Celebrates 

We're still coming down from last Friday's conference WeMake Celebrates— a gathering of creative makers whose stories of process unfolded on the stage throughout the day. For us it was huge process to get there, and worth every minute.



Proudly sponsoring WeMake by supporting the process of making and the spirit of community.