February 14th, 2016

THE BRIEF is the weekly IDSA Oregon publication about design, and cultural events in the Portland region. [because designers need a life too]




Capsule's line of contemporary urns, keepsakes, and pet memorials, stand apart in the crowded landscape of ordinary cremation products. Our American-made products are designed by award winning designers and offer a comprehensive personalization program. We design and manufacture memorials that resonate with a growing class of customer that appreciates modern design and quality materials.


Today’s consumers have increasingly high expectations for new products and services. Personalization, quality, and modern design - are all drivers in the changing funeral industry.


Located in the United States, near Portland, Oregon, Capsule has sophisticated design and manufacturing capabilities which allows us to offer multiple options for personalization, including unique colors and finishes, premium materials, and laser engraving.


Capsule's line of contemporary urns, keepsakes, and pet memorials have been recognized by cutting-edge design competitions including multiple international honors. Rigorous reviews by panels of leading-edge design juries in the product design industry have bestowed our work with awards in the most recognized institutions in the world.


Capsule Urn products have been recognized in multiple international design competitions including the IDSA International Design Excellence Awards, Spark Design Awards, and the German Design Awards.




  From the editor


Last weekend my family went to the Space Needle, Seattle Play Center and Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle. It’s a great destination with a full day of activities.


Over lunch I talked with architect Josh Masterson about the EMP building designed by Frank O Gehry.


Frankly, I always thought Gehry’s work was a shallow “look at me!” display. However, taking the time to walk around the site gave me a much better appreciation of the architecture.


The mix of color and materials delights. A 60’s monorail travels through the building. The overlapping forms are engaging. Despite being overshadowed by the Space Needle, the building has presence. Up close it is a surprisingly rewarding experience.


Happy Valentine’s day,


Jonathan Spencer Levy

Chair, IDSA Oregon





  IDSA events


2016 IDSA Student Merit Award Selection Event

Friday, March 4th

Art Institute of Portland

1122 NW Davis Street


We are proud to support the 2016 IDSA Student Merit Award program in Oregon. We have combined the two Oregon ID schools into one exciting night of presentations and awards.


National Industrial Design Day

Friday, March 5th is the 2nd annual celebration of National ID Day which is also IDSA’s 51st Anniversary!


Consider this question, “Why does industrial design matter to you?” Connect with IDSA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


Presumptive design

Later this year we will be hosting a workshop with Leo Frishberg about Presumptive design


  Events around Portland


PDX Web & Design Monthly Happy Hour


Tuesday 2/23 5:00p


600 East Burnside (map)


If you're like me, you spend WAYYYY too much time in front of a computer. I think it would be great to have a monthly get together at a bar or pub to just get to know each other, have a brew, and yes, talk about the business. Real human interaction, in other words. Repeats the last Tuesday of every month.


Starting September 24th we will be changing venues to Romtoms, on the east side of the bridge at Burnside and 6th St. We hope there will be more room and it will be easier to find the rest of us. We look forward to seeing everyone. If you can't find us inside look for us out in the back we may be enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful open patio.




 39th Portland International Film Festival


Thursday 2/11 through

Saturday 2/27


the Northwest Film Center’s annual showcase of new world cinema. Like the Film Center’s Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, which surveys outstanding new work by our region’s media makers, through 97 features and 62 short films from three-dozen countries, the Portland International Film Festival explores not only the art of film but also the world around us, no matter the place or the language spoken. 



 Creating an office for a community of collaborators


Tuesday 2/25 5:30p

3529 N Williams Ave

A tour and panel discussion presented by AIA Portland, Hammer & Hand, Holst Architecture, and Instrument.

In a discussion moderated by Randy Gragg (the noted architecture critic and UO John Yeon Center director), team members from Instrument, Osmose, Holst Architecture, and Hammer & Hand will explore how an office TI can communicate and foster company culture and identity. What did Instrument want to create for its employees, clients, and partners? How did the project achieve that? How were the values of collaboration and creativity addressed in the final product as well as in its delivery?



Lunch with Paddy Tillett, Principal at ZGF

Wednesday 2/24 12:00p
ZGF offices

1223 SW Washington St

An opportunity to meet with leaders in the architectural and related design industries. These intimate conversations are purposefully limited in size to allow for open dialogue regarding experiences, challenges and achievements. These casual mentoring groups are intent on sparking connections and relationships contributing to long term career benefits.

More about Paddy:
Paddy Tillett is an architect, urban designer and city planner with forty years of international professional experience.  He practiced in Osaka, London, Cologne, and Abuja, Nigeria before coming to live in Portland, Oregon in 1982.  He is a principal responsible for Planning and Urban Design for the firm of Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP.  



Bounded Irrationality: Supporting Users and Creating Communities


Wednesday 3/2 7:00p


CHIFOO’s 2016 Speaker Series, Bounded Irrationality: Supporting Users and Creating Communities, invites researchers, designers, and developers to have conversations about stories of projects and challenges wherein a rational, user-centered approach yields results that seem less-than-rational.




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