Andy Baio makes things on the internet, and occasionally off of it. He is the co-organizer of XOXO, an experimental festival celebrating independent art and technology, founder of Upcoming.org, author of the Waxy.org blog, and a Kickstarter Fellow for Drip.
We asked Andy to share his personal Design Week Portland itinerary favorites with us. His collection reflects interests in print, interactive, architecture, and business, with events like "Making Ways" Podcast: A Conversation with Laura Whipple, State of Wonder: Buildings Full of Women, and Empathy, Bots, & the Future of AI.
For more suggestions, check out his full itinerary, and read on to catch up with Andy and his work in this short interview!
DWP: You recently rejoined Kickstarter to collaborate on Drip. How’s that going?
Andy: In a sense, I feel like I never left. I've been advising Kickstarter since before they launched in 2009, and have maintained a close relationship with the company ever since. But coming back as part of their Fellowship program has been exciting, I always love helping get projects off the ground in their earliest stages, and Drip aims to help independent artists and creators fund their creative practice in a new way.
DWP: You have a long history of creating communities. Why do you think it’s important that folks participate in communities and festivals like Design Week Portland?
Andy: Creating anything in isolation is a recipe for disaster. Communities provide the emotional and practical support we all need every day to do better work, and ultimately make the friends we need to thrive and find happiness in the world together. Real-world events, from small meetups to large conferences, are the engine of serendipity, drawing like-minded people together and deepening our relationships with one another.
DWP: Recommend one great thing to see or do or eat in Portland.
Andy: Ha, where to start? I could write a book. How about something old and something new? Rimsky-Korsakoffeehouse is an old Portland gem tucked inside an old Victorian one block away from Revolution Hall in the Central Eastside, and full of surprises. Opened last October, Wa Kitchen Kuu is a new izakaya serving elevated takes on Japanese pub food, located at the east side of the Burnside Bridge.
To catch up with Andy at Design Week Portland or to get some ideas to fill out your personal schedule, don’t forget to take a peek at his full itinerary. You can also view all itineraries on the DWP website.
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