DAY 1 / FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14TH
Small Scale is a panel discussion featuring a dynamic group of local makers. We’ll explore how they have grown their businesses to national levels while still remaining the neighborhood shop around the corner— designing the products we love by hand.
PANELIST / MATT PIERCE
Wood&Faulk is an American designer and manufacturer of travel bags, accessories and lifestyle items headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The name references Woodrow Avenue and Faulkner Street – two roads in Wichita, Kansas where founder, Matt Pierce, honed his skills as a designer, builder and tinkerer. His creative curiosity – to see how things work, take them apart, customize and create new things – led him to start Wood&Faulk, a blog about projects and DIY culture. Derived from project experiments on the blog and items used in the workshop, Wood&Faulk has developed into a company known for timeless products inspired by its Oregon home and its Midwestern roots.
PANELIST / SHANNON GUIRL
After working in the film and TV industry for over a decade, designer Shannon Guirl felt the call to do something different with her life. Inspired after collecting several mid-century lamps to decorate her home, she decided that crafting her own version would be a great way to change gears and create something tangible.
With little training in ceramics or woodworking, she taught herself how to marry the raw elements of clay and wood into classically modern shapes and produced her first lighting design, which she launched with success on Kickstarter in 2011. Several more designs followed and her company, Caravan Pacific, was founded to create American-made lighting that aspired to modern aesthetics while staying true to the roots of mid-century craft.
The dedication to sleek modern craftsmanship still influences Caravan Pacific as each lamp is hand-crafted with the help of a small team of skilled artisans in Portland. Shannon continues to explore new boundaries by incorporating new materials and techniques in her work. As Caravan Pacific evolves, Shannon embraces the spirit of the American mid-century era with a fresh modern approach.
PANELIST / DAVE SELDEN
I went to art school, detoured through the journalism school and somehow managed to finish college with two degrees in 3 years. I was eager to join the workforce, which I did just a smidge before the dot bomb of the early 2000's. Hard work and a lot of networking landed me my first job in Portland, and I've been making design-y, interactive things at various agencies for a little over 15 years. I can reminisce about falling in love with my wife on a Mac LC2 running telnet, but I definitely don't miss browser testing in Netscape. I favor simple, clean design with a strong emphasis on typography and the little things.
PANELIST / LAURA WHIPPLE
Laura Whipple is a creative entrepreneur. She’s the President and Co-founder of Pinball Publishing, Scout Books and Made by Outpost; three custom manufacturing companies housed in two incredibly yellow and teal buildings in Portland, Oregon. Always the print enthusiast, her work is fueled by a love for ink, paper, collaboration, nature, and the making of meaningful things. A former Fulbright scholar, she’s served as a member of the Advisory Team for Design Week Portland, and holds Bachelor degrees in Anthropology and History from Willamette University. A native Oregonian, she lives and works in SE Portland with her husband Austin and their two daughters, Phoebe and Alice. Along with her talented team, she has had the honor of working with thousands of inspiring clients over the past fourteen years, including Stumptown Coffee, 33 Books, Instrument, Etsy, Facebook, WeWork, Squarespace, New Belgium Brewing, The Sketchbook Project, The NY Times, Google, and WeMake.
PANEL MODERATOR / APRIL BAER, STATE OF WONDER
April Baer grew up in the Midwest and came to Oregon Public Broadcasting in 2004. Prior to creating State of Wonder, OPB's weekly journal of arts and creative work, she reported on government, politics, crime and courts, military affairs and other subjects, and spent five years hosting OPB's Morning Edition. Before coming to Oregon, she'd worked as a studio engineer, host, reporter, and occasional music host at several stations in Ohio.
DAY 1 / FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14TH
Launching new ideas and products, whether an app or a toothbrush, is both exciting and scary. These folks will share their design process and experiences in a quick demo format.
DEMO / KEVIN LONG
App Design, The Dyrt
What Yelp has done for restaurant search, The Dyrt will do for campground and guided adventure trip search. The Dyrt is providing ground level views of campgrounds and guided adventure trips by collecting user-generated photos, videos and reviews of every campground and guided adventure trip in the US through gamification. Check out thedyrt.com to see how Kevin's team is leveraging gamification and giving away $100,000 in prizes this year to reach their 2016 goals.
DEMO / JOHN BROWN & MOSES GUNESCH
Virtual Reality, Instrument
Instrument is currently experimenting with virtual reality in The Cookie Shop—an incubator for nurturing creativity and supporting collaborations with artists, developers, brands and community. Storytelling is one of Instrument’s passions, and virtual reality is impacting this area more than ever. The Cookie Shop allows Instrument to explore methods of storytelling in new ways and they are excited to share some of their findings with the WeMake community.
Moses Gunesch is a veteran coder passionate about crafting great user experiences. In the Internet’s early years he garnered a following with the Fuse Kit, a versatile set of animation-scripting tools that united designers and coders in over 60 countries. In NYC he helped the video-automating service Animoto deliver live-streamed videos and mobile apps to millions of users. He can now be found at Instrument working on iOS projects and delving into the creative world of virtual reality in their VR incubator, The Cookie Shop.
John Brown has been creating with cutting edge technology in the software and hardware realms for years, both in the commercial realm and artistic world. He believes anything can be connected to the internet and that the future gets created by mere mortals like us everyday. John loves homemade sodas.