Lynda Decker understands the creative person. She knows that creative people are able to see connections that others do not. Lynda also understands her clients, allowing for their insight, while guiding them through the design process, while setting realistic expectations. Her concept of Responsive Branding prepares clients to be pro-actively preparing for market shifts rather […]

Bend Design Speaker, Lynette Xanders, returns to Bend Design in 2017 with two sold-out workshops. Lynette is CEO and Chief Strategist of Wild Alchemy, an insight-based brand strategy, creative development and cultural momentum company. We help companies optimize their branding and marketing efforts to enable them to create something amazing℠. René Mitchell, Bend Design Co-Producer, […]

Should you attend Bend Design this year? HELI-YES. Because you could win a private, 1-hour CASCADE MTN. RING OF FIRE HELI-TOUR for three adventure seekers, with pilot, with or without (!!) doors courtesy of our good friends at Big Mountain Heli Tours. HOW TO ENTER: Buy a ScaleHouse membership (at the $100 Connector level) + […]

When we (as part of a privileged class) are confronted with seemingly unsolvable problems like regional hunger, outbreaks of infectious disease, lack of access to clean water, or a mass exodus of refugees from one country to another, it’s easy to ignore the problems because they are “over there.” It’s easy to get overwhelmed and […]

On some level, we know when a space just “feels right.” Sometimes, we can attribute that “unsettled” feeling to a poorly designed space, but maybe we can’t quite put a finger on it, something is just not quite right. John Cary is acutely aware of a space when it has not been designed in service […]

Sam Stubblefield creates art and “situations” where sight intersects with sound, where architecture meets interactive space. From digital installations to immersive full-sensory experiences, art critics of decades past may have described his work as “avant-garde.” Today, we seem to lack the adequate vocabulary to describe his work – you simply need to experience it for yourself. As […]

We love how Kawandeep Virdee uses technology and art to encourage collaboration, play, and creativity. Kawandeep co-founded New American Public Art to build interactive art that makes public spaces more communal and welcoming. His work is displayed publicly as installations, but also via the internet. Both venues invite the viewer to interact. Through his work, […]

Ashley Shaffer is a surfer, burrito enthusiast and a Design Researcher and Strategist at the global design firm, IDEO. Designing experiences and messaging that creates a human connection with the brand is one of her specialties. Affecting change in many fields such as healthcare, financial services, hospitality, food & beverage, and social impact, Ashley combines […]

written by Tricia Louvar Ann Friedman has become a household name with her wit in print and the scrawls from her hand in a typeface-heavy world. Friedman has a flourishing multifaceted career as a freelance journalist, illustrator and commentator on gender, media, technology and culture. She’s known for her handwritten pie charts published at the […]

3 Inspiration Recommendations Getting ready to attend a conference so often takes a backseat to the buzz of daily life- even conferences you’re really excited about going to. You buy tickets, and then completely forget about it until it’s time to pack your bags and get there. That’s why we’re compiling a list of Instagram accounts to follow so your feed can […]

Originally conceived by artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude in 1970, The Floating Piers has come to life for a 16-day exhibition this summer at Lake Iseo in Italy, located 100 kilometers east of Milan and 200 kilometers west of Venice. From June 18 through July 3, 2016 (weather permitting) visitors can experience the work of art by walking on it from Sulzano to […]

Catching up with Robert Johans, creator and former CEO/Lead Designer of Nest Caravans, which was recently acquired by Airstream. You have a design background that includes graphic design, building, refurbishing “egg” campers and more. Can you tell us more about your influences? My father was an advertising agency creative director, but loved to build furniture. […]

1859 Media artist Brendan Loscar talks us through his creative logo design process in this guest blog post.  Design can be a mysterious phenomenon. In our everyday lives, we interact with design constantly and, most often, on a subconscious level. Restaurant menus, billboards, logos, clothing and even road signs have been created from the imagination […]

Brooks Resources is the co-developer of NorthWest Crossing, an award-winning mixed-use neighborhood on Bend’s westside. The neighborhood has been recognized as a thoughtfully planned community, using traditional neighborhood development (TND) design principles. In this recent post on their blog, the developers take a brief look at how design impacts one aspect of the neighborhood — […]

  An interview with Pamela Hulse Andrews, CEO/Founder of Cascade Publications Cascade Publications will soon be launching Bend Fashion Quarterly. What was the inspiration for the new publication? My dearest friend, Joanne Sunnarborg, owner of Desperado in the Old Mill District, told me she was thinking of opening a shoe store. During our conversation I […]

  Ben Hull, featured in this post, will be at Bend Design 2015 as a guest panelist at Thursday’s workshop “Design: The Process” moderated by April Baer of Oregon Public Broadcasting. Inspired by a desire to create a design that was reflective of the Central Oregon region, the team at NewsChannel 21 sought out local talent to […]