Evolve Collaborative

Come get to know us at Evolve and get your creative juices flowing with a fun Chindogu Design Challenge. Get inspired by our Chindogu gallery of our all time favorite Chindogus, and then sketch your own ‘unuseless’ invention. Best invention (aka the one that makes us laugh the hardest) will be brought to life as a ‘functioning’ prototype, photographed and framed and given to the creator.


What is a Chindogu you may ask?
n. 1: Chindogu (珍道具) is the Japanese art of inventing ingenious everyday gadgets that seem like an ideal solution to a particular problem but are not.

2: Chindogu are sometimes described as “unuseless” — that is, they cannot be regarded as “useless” in an absolute sense, since they do actually solve a problem; however, in practical terms, they cannot positively be called “useful”.

We'll be serving some honest American lagers out of classic American made coolers. Designers of all kinds, agencies, and curious folks, stop by for a drink, some sketches, networking, and fun conversations on everything design in Portland and beyond.