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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

  An interview with Victor Margolin, Professor Emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Margolin is a founding editor and now co-editor of the academic design journal Design Issues. He recently published the two-volume set “World History of Design,” a  definitive historical account of global design from prehistory to the end of the Second […]

  An interview with Richard Grefé, the executive director of AIGA, the professional association for design. AIGA is the oldest and largest professional association of designers in the United States, advancing the interests of over 20,000 designers – ranging from type and book designers to new media, experience and service designers. Grefé is speaking at […]