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The Design Process

Our Portland Story has been actively seeking local design talent since January of 2009. Over the course of the past seven months, we have been meeting with several designers a week, going over the project and matching them up with a story that fits their particular design/illustration style and interests. Since all 77 stories get a page in the book, and every page in the book is assigned a different designer, this has been a long, but rewarding process. There are 11 pages yet to be assigned to a designer, so if you are a designer interested in contributing a page, please contact melissa@ourportlandstory.com. Portland photographer, Bryan Hoybook, met up with OPS page designer, Matt Morasky, of Citizengraphics to document … more

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Meet Sarah

No book would be complete without an editor. With 77 stories and authors to work with, this project was no small task. The editor had to take into consideration the fact that many contributors may have had no previous writing background. Because of the personal nature of these stories, it was also vital that the “voice” of the author relating the story was retained. Such are the challenges that faced Sarah Koch, volunteer editor of Our Portland Story. She has taken on the task with professionalism and grace. Here is a bit more about Sarah: Sarah Koch, aka Julia Sarah Koch, is a second- (on her father’s side) and third- (on her mother’s) generation Portlander. Not surprisingly, she has a … more

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Our Portland Story Featured in The Oregonian

Put your love for our burg in words, images by Laura Oppenheimer /The Oregonian Thursday October 09, 2008, 3:00 AM Perhaps you want to broadcast your passion for the Rose Festival, thank a stranger who made your day or describe your favorite bus driver. Melissa Delzio wants to hear from you. The 26-year-old graphic designer is creating “Our Portland Story,” a collection of words and images that pay homage to the City of Roses. Delzio describes the project as part coffee-table book, part yearbook, part guidebook. Here’s the scoop. Her Portland story: As a student at Northern Arizona University, Delzio toured Portland’s design community with a professional group. “I just fell in love,” she says, so she returned in 2004 … more

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