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Jan 14, 2009
Drinking and Drawing
Someday Lounge

Drinking and Drawing is an evening of collaborative animation.

Each artist has 10 minutes to draw 8 frames of animation. They leave their last frame as a starting place for the person who comes after them, who draws 8 more frames and leaves their last one... repeat all evening.

Anyone can participate- artists, animators, people who want to experiment. And people are welcome to attend just to drink and watch the action.

The Someday Lounge is 21+ and non-smoking, with food and drinks available for purchase. This event is free to Cascade SIGGRAPH and Northwest ASIFA members- non-members pay $5 at the door.

For more information about how it works, visit To see the movies we made last year, visit To keep in touch with this event, follow @DrinknDrawPDX on twitter.

Mar 31, 2010
Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH & Wacom Technology Corporation Present: Light Troupe Drawing in the Fourth Dimension
PCC Cascade Campus

Come on out and join Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH & Wacom Technology Corporation as they present:

Light Troupe, a local Portland movement, exploring the boundaries of entertainment and audio visual simultaneous interactivity while drawing in the 4th dimension.


For the programmers in the audience, Luz Studio, OpenGL and Ruby will be discussed.

For the visual and audio artists in the audience, there will be an opportunity to play while interacting with the code the developers write on the spot! Wacom Tablets, Wiimotes and MIDI devices will be used as a means of interface.

That means you can expect to see 2D drawing in 3D space animated over time A demonstration with at least a 4-person, simultaneous drawing to be followed by live audience participation!

This is super fun stuff; computer graphics, music, animation, spontaneous creativity, happy excited people - come see for yourself and participate!

SIGGRAPH events are non-profit. It is free for SIGGRAPH members and $5 for non-members, and includes lots of tasty food!

Please register at EventBrite so we know how much food to buy!

May 11, 2010
Portland Silverlight User Group - May Meeting

WHO: Jeff Paries Jeff Paries is the lead Silverlight developer with Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, a leading integrated communications company. Jeff has a strong background in 3D graphics and animation and is also an accomplished author and instructor in that area — he has authored several books and numerous magazine articles related to 3D. An early adopter of Silverlight, Jeff’s interests lie in developing animation concepts and methodologies within Silverlight. As a developer with design experience, Jeff’s mission is to help bridge the gap between design and development. His latest book, “Foundation Silverlight 3 Animation” works to further this goal through a scenario-based approach.

TOPIC: Procedural Animation in Microsoft Silverlight Come and see how trigonometry and trigonometric functions can help us create movement in Microsoft Silverlight. Trigonometry is the study of how the angles and lengths of sides of triangles relate to one another, and is quite useful in programming Silverlight applications. We'll talk about how to apply trigonometry within Silverlight to create free-form rotations, calculate the distance between objects, use Sine curves to create oscillating movement, and more. The math will be demonstrated in a scenario-based approach in order to make it easier to understand, even if you slept through math class.

Warmup - Smooth Streaming w/ VideoRx At the beginning of the meeting (6pm) Robert Reinhardt, co-author of the Microsoft Expression Blend 2 Visual Quickstart Guide and the Flash Bible series, will present his latest online encoding service, This service makes it easy to compress your video content at the highest quality and lowest file size. analyzes your uploaded source video and delivers the best compression for your content. can also create adaptive streaming content for Silverlight Smooth Streaming for playback on devices and the web.

Sponsors: While you are at it, consider visiting our Premium Sponsors that make these meetings possible:

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May 17, 2012
VFX Revolution: How the Internet and Digital Devices are Reshaping Visual Effects and Film
Bagdad Theater and Pub

In less than 40 years, computer graphics and digital devices have transformed film experience with techniques such as digital compositing, motion control, computer-generated characters and photo-realistic images incorporated into live-action footage. Join a panel of film and visual effects experts as they discuss the new visual effects tools and techniques that have not only revolutionized but have globalized the industry.

Speakers include:

Jeff White, Industrial Light and Magic
Brian Van't Hul, LAIKA studios
Ramiro Gomez, Hinge Digital
Fred Ruff, Bent Image Lab
Jim Clark, Hive-FX

Jun 23, 2012
DorkbotPDX Workshop -- Programming Digital Art

In this introductory workshop, we'll walk through a few different approaches for creating screen-based digital artwork using code. We'll be learning Processing, a free open-source programming language & environment for creating realtime graphics. Processing has become an immensely popular tool for artists and designers to create interactive artwork, data visualization and generative processes.

The topics for the workshop include an introduction to the Processing environment, working with images, basic animation practices and generative art.

Some prior familiarity with programming will be helpful, though not required.

Please RSVP by emailing Jeremy Rotsztain: jeremy (at)

Dec 13, 2012
Reel Love Animation Event - Come See, Come Show
Stage 13

Animation Artists, it's time you got some..


Please come and show your latest! Reviews and praise provided by local animation professionals. Come see the latest from local animators and show your newest stuff too!

Open to Animators, Illustrators, Compositors, VFXers and other animation professionals. Bring your latest films to showcase for everyone.


Feb 15, 2014
World Information Architecture Day 2014
Ziba Design - Auditorium

Join us for a day of learning about Information Architecture! You'd be surprised just how much all of our disciplines are connected. From UX to Architecture to Photography to Creative Writing, the design of information requires processes to create the ideal outcome for something that did not exist before. Meet fellow practitioners, get a better understanding of what others do and how you can use that knowledge to make what you do even better.

Our lineup starts at 9a and ending at 6p, with one hour break for lunch. Come to one, a few or all! Your ticket price is good for the day, so you can come and go as you please.

DOORS AT 8:30AM! Here are the speakers and nature of the talks:

9a: Kate Ertmann-Owner and Animation Process Expert at Animation Dynamics: Ethnographic Animation Talk related to the steps and practices involved in visualizing human-based research.

10a: Craig Peters-CEO, Awasu Design San Francisco: How to run a successful design review Presentation designed to illustrate the Information Architecture of professional interactions, story telling and project building.

11a: Josh Romberg-Photographer and Visual Designer: Image design as it relates to constructing visual content from both emotional and technical standpoints.


1p: Corey Pressman-Owner and Chief Strategist at Exprima Media: Designing Disequilibrium: The Difference That Makes a Difference. Interaction design, ebook design and consumption of new digital experiences

2p: Crystal Rutland-CEO and Director of Research and Strategy at Empirical UX: The role of empathy in imagination, innovation, and product design Research design and UX of developing product roadmaps

3p: Juliana Lukasik-TV Commercial Director and Owner, @Large Films Women on Women: It's Not What You Think Engineering product launches with not only the end consumer, but the purchaser in mind.

4p: Tyler Phillippi-CMO & Co-Founder at OnTheGo Platforms: Building a Company From the Ground Up: IA and UX become best friends.

5p: Michael Adcock-Technical Support Analyst at ProQuest: Fringe IA Scientific Discovery, Tools and Context, all of which contribute to making the unclear clear.

There will be a raffle and... AFTER PARTY STARTS AT 6P at Open Sourcery 1636 NW Lovejoy St. Portland, OR 97209

In between talks, there are some great opportunities for networking, asking questions and uploading pix of the event. We couldn't be more thrilled to bring this content to you! -Amy Thank you very much to our sponsors!

Ziba, Chicktech, Empirical UX, PDX-UX, AIGA, NW Creative Social Club

Apr 30, 2014
Animation with 3D Printers
PCC Cascade Moriarty Arts Building Auditorium

Rob Ducey will present the digital design and puppet fabrication process used for Laika’s first three film productions, with many images and examples from ParaNorman. A 3D stop-motion animated comedy horror family film, ParaNorman is the first stop-motion film to use a 3D color printer to create character faces, and the second stop motion film to be shot in 3D! It received nominations for the 2012 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film.

May 8, 2014
PDX Sass - Rachel Nabors and Animation Power Techniques

Award winning cartoonist turned front-end developer Rachel Nabors will change how you think about web design forever.

Learn how to make CSS do backflips to reproduce traditional animation techniques like walk cycles, scene transitions, and parallax.

Save time and energy with conservative techniques like cut outs, pioneered by Japanese studios to accelerate the animation process.

Understand the physics behind timing functions like ease-in to create subtle skeuomorphism. CSS animations and transitions are powerful new tools in the interactive design arsenal.

With these babies at your command, all new possibilities for user experiences begin to unfold.

Jun 9, 2014
Creative CSS: Animations, Transitions UX Workshop
ISITE Design

Refresh Portland presents... Creative CSS: Animations, Transitions & UX Workshop!

Start thinking of CSS in a whole new light using animations, transitions, and transforms. Plus, learn how to make great UI animations while you’re at it!

In this workshop we’ll cover the basics of CSS animations, transitions and transforms; techniques for writing them efficiently; combining them with JavaScript and SVG; and specifically look at where motion can be used effectively in our work -- both as classy details and as useful UI animations. It’s going to be a fun day full of web animation!

What We'll Cover

  1. Timing, offsets, arcs, and other key animation principles for UI work
  2. Where and how animation can improve UX
  3. Capturing CSS animation events with JavaScript
  4. Animating SVG with CSS
  5. Performance considerations and progressive enhancement

Who Should Attend

This workshop is for web designers and developers who want to add more sophisticated interactions and motion to their work.

What You Should Know

Experience with HTML and CSS is needed to take full advantage of the workshop's content. Some familiarity with JavaScript or jQuery is helpful, but not required.

What to Bring

A laptop with your favourite text editor and modern browser(s) is all you need.

What to Expect

A full day of learning! Snacks and lunch are provided and ISITE's guest wifi is plentiful and fast!

About Val Head

Val Head is a Designer and Consultant based in Philadelphia. Her work ranges from projects on the web to interactive installations to print. She is the author of The Pocket Guide to CSS Animations, teaches CSS animations on, and hosts the All the Right Moves tutorial screencast.

You can find her on stage speaking at events like An Event Apart and encouraging others to do the same as the co-host of the Ladies In Tech podcast. She’s on the Future Insights advisory board, founded the popular Web Design Day conference, and leads workshops around the world on Animation for the Web and Creative Coding.


Contact [email protected] with any questions about the workshop.

Tickets can be refunded up until 2 weeks before the event. Tickets are always transferrable. Contact [email protected] with any ticket refund or transfer questions.

Sep 17, 2014
Animation and the Future of UX!
ISITE Design

Since the Era of Flash, web animation has had a bad reputation: distracting, baroque, decorative, flash without substance. But with web and mobile sites adopting increasingly app-like interfaces, animation has become mission-critical to optimizing the user’s experience.

Learn the science behind “tweening” and offloading mental models to the visual cortex. Discover the secrets animation studios use to coordinate massive efforts when designing in the 4th dimension. See all seven animation techniques working together on actual web sites people use today. Rachel Nabors has traveled the world spreading the philosophy and techniques behind web animation, and she’s bringing it home to Portland.

Our Presenter, Rachel Nabors

Rachel Nabors is an interaction developer, award-winning cartoonist, and host of the Infinite Canvas Screencast. She deftly blends the art of traditional storytelling with digital media to “tell better stories through code” at her interaction studio, Tin Magpie. You can catch up with her at

May 5, 2015
NW Animation Fest
Hollywood theatre

The annual SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is one of the world's most important showcases for innovative and visually stunning digital animation. Films that win honors here are qualified to compete for an Academy Award, and several in recent memory have been nominated for or received an Oscar for "Best Animated Short." Films chosen for this special "best of" show include narrative shorts, time-based art, visual effects, scientific visualization, and real-time graphics.

Mar 24, 2016
Code Oregon Labs: Animating Websites
Code Fellows

Code Fellows invites online learners of all stripes to Code Oregon Labs!

Last month we focused on coding for responsive websites, now let’s make ‘em dance! Gaston Figueroa of Uncorked Studios will kick us off with a demo on coding for animation.

Gaston is a Front-end developer and a Creative Engineer at Uncorked Studios. He has a passion for user friendly interactive experiences, data visualization and creative code.

About the talk: The 30 min. demo will focus on getting started with web animations. We will look at specific examples to explore various tools, languages (HTML, JavaScript, and CSS), and techniques we can use to produce and optimize web animations.

After the animation demo, it'll be open lab as usual! Together with Code Oregon and generous volunteers from the #pdxtech community, Code Fellows is happy to host this event. Each month, our goal is a 6:1 tutor-to-learner ratio.

Dec 15, 2016
Maxon Cinema 4D Roadshow Portland
Collective Agency Downtown

Join Us for the Cinema 4D Roadshow 2016 Enjoy food, drink, prizes*, community and learning 3D

Take part in this rare opportunity to hang out with and learn from industry-leading 3D animation profesionals. Attend and you'll discover how easy it is - with virtually no experience - to create impressive motion designs. Then, a special guest artist dives deeper to share favorite tips and techniques. This event is designed for artists of all skill levels. RSVP for this limited-capacity event and you'll enter a raffle to win from thousands of dollars worth of prizes. Food and drinks are included. You won’t want to miss this.

Jan 21, 2017
Create 3D Art with Blender
Free Geek

Blender is a free, open source 3D creation suite. This class is an introduction to Blender. Learn how to navigate within Blender, create and edit simple 3D models, and add basic lighting to your art.

10:30am-12:30pm Class 12:30pm-1:30pm Lab

Sep 18, 2017
Web Animation Workshop: Web Animation 0 to 60: CSS, JavaScript, and SVG Essentials
through Alchemy Code Lab

This workshop will get you up and running with web animation in less time than it would take to read all the tutorials you have bookmarked. Over two days, you’ll go from beginner or novice web animatior to having expert level knowledge of the current web animation landscape. You’ll get an in-depth look at animating with CSS, JavaScript, and SVG through hands-on exercises and learn the most efficient workflows for each. Learn how to make your product or project standout from the competition with performant, effective, and well designed animation.

Sep 22, 2017
Devsigner Conference 2017
through University Place Hotel & Convention Center

Join us in Portland, OR, for our 4th year of inspirational sessions and educational workshops, cross-pollinating our diverse community of creatives, developers and front-end engineers.

Dec 9, 2017
3D Animation in Blender
Free Geek

Get familiar with Blender, a free and open source 3D creation suite in this workshop. Bring a project to work on, if you have one!

Feb 10
3D Animation in Blender
Free Geek

Get familiar with Blender, a free and open source 3D creation suite in this workshop. Bring a project to work on, if you have one!

Mar 10
3D Modeling in Blender
Free Geek

Get familiar with Blender, a free and open source 3D creation suite in this workshop. Bring a project to work on, if you have one!

Apr 7
Simple 3D Animation with Blender
Free Geek

Blender is a free, open source 3D creation suite. This class is an introduction to Blender. Learn how to navigate within Blender, create and edit simple 3D models, and add basic lighting to your art.

Take this class as many times as you'd like. Bring a project—there will be plenty of time to work on it!

Jun 2
Simple 3D Animation with Blender
Free Geek

Blender is a free, open source 3D creation suite. This class is an introduction to Blender. Learn how to navigate within Blender, create and edit simple 3D models, and add basic lighting to your art.

Take this class as many times as you'd like. Bring a project—there will be plenty of time to work on it!