Tag Archives: Portland

What then do we want words for?

“By the Numbers” by Hob Broun [1] THEY WORKED AT THE enclosed mall in King of Prussia. They wore plastic nametags, the corporate logo above a deep groove accommodating a Dymo label. Jenelle for the record store, Courtney for the … Continue reading

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Is it possible to love a vending machine

TBTP has featured all kinds of weird and wacky vending machines over the years, but I think that I’ve found the best ever. Portland, Oregon artist/entrpreneur Taylor Valdes has created a thriving business by stocking 18 repurposed vending machines around … Continue reading

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Meet Portland

Even if you have never visited Portland, Oregon, you probably have a notion of the inherent quirkiness of the Pacific Northwest city. The local tourism organization Travel Portland is capitalizing on Portland’s weirdness in it’s latest campaign. The “Go Somewhere … Continue reading

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Only Slightly Exaggerated

I love a clever travel promotional campaign or film. Travel Oregon has made a wonderful anime-style promotional video called “Only Slightly Exaggerated” for their newest campaign. The short was created by Psyops and Sun Creature Studio with music by the Oregon Symphony. … Continue reading

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Word On The Street

Founded in June 2011, Street Books is a bicycle-powered mobile library serving people without homes in Portland, Oregon. Take a look:

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Plane Living

After a long haul flight, the last thing I want to imagine is living in an airliner. Spending my days inside of a plane seems like a bad dream, but Bruce Campbell has apparently made a comfortable home out of … Continue reading

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Turn Over A New Leaf

If you read this blog on a regular basis, you probably are aware of my unnatural proclivity for all things cartographic. So it will be no surprise that I love Brooklyn-based graphic artist Andrew Martis’ brilliant leaf-inspired cartography. The poster-sized … Continue reading

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You Are Here

Portlandian graphic artists and printmakers Lyn Nance-Sasser and Stephen Sasser create these remarkable archival pigment prints by superimposing popular, local,iconic spots on vintage 50s tourist maps. Their clever You Are Here In The City series currently features prints from hometown … Continue reading

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Maps from the Mind

I love maps—antique maps, impossible to re-fold tourist office maps, old gas station maps, even Google Maps. So it won’t be a surprise that I think that Archie Archambault’s handcrafted, minimalist letterpress maps are pure dead brilliant. Three years ago, … Continue reading

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Conversations With Booksellers

As a bookseller myself, I found this little documentary film called Conversations With Booksellers encouraging in this era of the so called “death of the printed book”. I hope that the booklovers following this blog will find the conversations with … Continue reading

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