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Disruptive Design Thinking: Pushing the Boundaries in Design

Bora Architects
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Ready to challenge consumer perceptions? Shake up your design strategy with advice from a panel of experts in innovative design thinking. Industry leaders will offer up their experiences and advice for pushing beyond consumer expectations, into game-changing, disruptive design. Consumers get tired of how things are "supposed" to look. Leave behind traditional commercial design thinking, and learn tools to help you stay relevant and move your work in new directions. Designers, brand managers, and students, we'll help you freshen up your methods to generate boundary-pushing ideas, that make your products stand out.

Come join Inside Fashion Design and Creative Capital design for a rare opportunity to hear from multi-disciplinary industry experts.

We will start of with a happy hour with appetizers provided by local purveyors, and beer provided by 10 Barrel Brewing Co. There will also be an exhibit showcasing the panelists work. After the panel discussion there will time for Q & A and time permitting, some meet and greet with the panelist. A wonderful opportunity to network, meet like minded folks and reach beyond your current community- also go home with some SWAG!

20% of proceeds go towards EveryWoman EveryWhere

Panelist include:

Sonia Kasparian- Urchin

Sonia creates bespoke couture bridal and evening gowns. Her methods are unusual in that she designs and creates one of a kind highly tailored pieces specifically for clients using not only new fabric, but if requested, from their own heirloom pieces. Taking the essence of the history of a piece and reinventing it to reflect how it relates to another generation of bride.

Sonia graduated in 1985 from Otis Parsons School of Design in LA, and was designer of the year in her class. She worked in the surf and action sport industry for many years with different brands: Quiksilver, Roxy, Nike, O'Neill, and then by accident created the brand Urchin. She was recently awarded the Portland Fashion and Style Awards award for Best Women's Wear designer, for the second year in a row.

Trish Langman- Spoogi
Textile artist and designer, and educator, Tricia Langman, has over eighteen years of experience designing for prestigious fashion companies worldwide, including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Halston, Kashiyama, Donna Karan, Nike, Anthropologie, Banana Republic and Target. Her work has been featured at the Met’s Costume Institute, and she recently created a limited edition collection for Pendleton Home as part of their guest artist series. Langman is founder and owner of Spoogi, a successful international print design studio.

Mark Lewman- Principle at Nemo Design
Millennial insights. Brand strategy. Design expertise.
Nemo has an extraordinary understanding of youth culture. For 25 years our staff has created iconic and lasting work that has been embraced by Generation X and Y. We solve business problems by connecting brand vision and audience values. Then we create amazing consumer experiences, turning insights into creative firepower. Our ideas elevate the world’s leading brands.
Mark is also a creative consultant for Dickhouse, the production company responsible for Jackass, Wildboyz, Rob and Big. He also writes stunts/pranks for Jackass and Wildboyz. In 2010 we created The Birth of Big Air, a documentary about Mat Hoffman. It was part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series of films.

Chris Linn- Bora Architect

Chris Linn is a Principal at Bora Architects, renowned as a leader in the creation of beautiful, high-performing learning environments. For 30 years he has been passionately incorporating community outreach and sustainability into his design work, and he has been instrumental in realizing several of Oregon’s most transformative school projects. Chris was lead designer for the nationally-lauded Faubion School – a unique partnership that collocated Concordia University’s College of Education, Trillium Family Services, and Kaiser Permanente in a single PK-8 public school. Other significant projects include the recently completed 330,000 sf Mountainside High School in Beaverton, OR, and the LEED Platinum Vernonia K-12 School in Vernonia, OR, which has become the centerpiece of this small rural community. Chris holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California.
Matthew Rhoades- MatteLab

Matt is one of the most accomplished and respected design minds in the Pacific Northwest. As a veteran of several global design studios and former Nike Global Creative Director, Matthew’s award-winning career encompasses more than two decades, 40+ patents, 6 world records, and multiple global design awards. Achievement highlights include an IDEA Gold Metal, a Newsweek “Product of the Year,” and designing the Trek Y-Bike, named “Third most influential mountain bike of all time.” His experience transcends traditional industrial design products, encompassing digital (UI/UX), brand strategy, cutting-edge innovation, new business strategy, and overall design excellence.

Moderated by award winning filmmaker and journalist Brian Libby:
Brian has spent the past 20 years as a Portland architecture journalist and critic as well as a photographer and award-winning filmmaker. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Dwell, The Atlantic, Metropolis and Architectural Record, among others, and in 2004 founded his Portland Architecture blog. A New York University graduate, Brian also co-founded the Friends of Memorial Coliseum in 2009, devoted to saving Portland’s landmark midcentury-modern arena, recently named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Brian also takes photos for many of his articles, with his work has exhibited at the American Institute of Architects in 2003 and 2011. His short-films have been exhibited around the world, three times winning judge's awards at the local Northwest Filmmakers Festival and the subject of a 2007 solo retrospective at the Portland Art Museum. Over the years Brian has served as moderator for a variety of talks around the city, from Portland City Club talks for Oregon Public Broadcasting to the Designs on Portland series in collaboration with Design Within Reach.