Wacom recently relocated their US headquarters to Portland, opening their doors only a few days before Design Week. They said that they are still working on getting situated, but their Wacom Experience Center is getting close to completion. Its full of giant tablets that anyone can go and work on. I'll definitely have to stop by their grand opening party next month.
I use a Wacom tablet daily for my design work, but its a little old by now. It was cool to see how they are progressing, with new Cintiq tablets that have a screen right on them, as well as pens that you can draw on paper with that transfer your drawings directly to a computer.
Grant Alexander, an artist from Pixar, did a demo on a Cintiq tablet. He quickly sketched up some punk characters in Photoshop and talked about working on Pixar movies like the upcoming Coco. It was interesting to see and hear about his process, and to see how quick and easy Wacom technology is.
Friday - Open House @ Skylab Architecture
I was doing petty good at taking at least one photo of every Design Week event I went to until the very end. After Wacom, I walked over to Skylab where my friend Nick works. They were holding an open house, and I got to check out their space and have a drink with architects. Nick gave me a tour of the space, and although pretty small its full of beautiful wood, hip lightbulbs, and tons of architectural models. They have even teamed up with some glass artists to make an installation for their entrance way. I'm still not sure why they don't have a real ceiling, but the space is awesome and produces a lot of great work. And I didn't even have to talk about columns once.
Friday - Esque Popup
As we were leaving Skylab, we walked by a glass pop up on the bottom floor of the building and had to check it out. It was full of glass work by Esque Studio, including some really cool hanging lamps and lots of lumpy vessels (lumpy in the best way). I love glass blowing, so I really enjoyed it. I know I keep saying I should get back into glass, but I should really get back into glass.
Saturday - Closing Party
Design Week came to a close with one last big party, this time at Rejuvenation. It was nice to see a bunch of people I met throughout the week again (including some of my Fight Club team members!) and feel like there was closure. Thank you, Design Week, for the best week, super packed full of all of the best things. There were so many other events I wish I could have gone to, but unfortunately I can't be in 2, 3, or 4 places at once. I think I made myself a pretty good schedule and really enjoyed everything I attended. It was great to feel like I am a part of a community here, and to connect with more people in that community. I'm already looking forward to next year!