portland design works

‘Rider Appreciation Day’ shows business support for cycling on Williams Ave

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 31st, 2014 at 11:38 am

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Wine Up, a wine bar on Williams Ave, gave away free snacks and drinks to bicycle riders yesterday.
(Photos by J Maus/BikePortland)

What often gets lots in emotional planning meetings and divisive media headlines is that, in reality, many business owners in Portland not only support bicycling, they embrace and encourage it. Nowhere was that more evident than last night’s Rider Appreciation Day on N Williams Ave.[Read more…]

Light review: Portland Design Works’ Aether Demon and Spaceship/RADBOT combo

Avatar by on February 19th, 2014 at 10:03 am

Just part of PDW’s large family of lights.

— Note from the Publisher: Please join me in welcoming Nicholas Von Pless and Alana Harris to the BikePortland team. Regular readers know that this site does not review products very often. That’s something I’ve been wanting to change for a long time, and Nicholas and Alana are going to help finally make it happen. Stay tuned as we post more reviews and fine-tune the format to make these as readable and useful as possible. Email feedback to jonathan@bikeportland.org. Thanks for reading. — Jonathan
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Portland Design Works hires new Sales Manager

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 4th, 2014 at 11:41 am

In case you missed it on the Job Listings this morning, Portland Design Works is hiring a Marketing Manager. And, in yet another sign that the local company continues to grow and mature, they’ve just hired a new Sales Manager. Check the announcement below…

PDW Hires National Sales Manager[Read more…]

Today: Islabikes Open House and Rider Appreciation Day on Williams

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 17th, 2013 at 9:09 am

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Get an inside look at Islabikes at their open house today.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

There are two events today you won’t want to miss (actually three, but we’ll share the third one in a separate post later today).

Islabikes, the UK-based purveyor of fine children’s bicycles is hosting an Open House event at their new store in southeast Portland (which we visited back in May). Islabikes established their North American headquarters at SE 7th and Lincoln in March and they’ve found a healthy business niche so far.

Islabikes North American GM Tim Goodall will open up his shop for a day of fun (a unicycling juggler), sweet treats (“farm fresh ice cream” from Salt & Straw) and test rides. The founder of the company, noted bicycle designer Isla Rowntree, will also be in attendance. [Read more…]

With new products, Portland Design Works is hitting their stride

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 26th, 2012 at 10:23 am

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Company founder Erik Olson.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland,
unless noted otherwise)

After just four years in business, Portland Design Works has made a solid name for itself in the bike industry. It was September 2008 when we first shared that a young, former general manager at Planet Bike, Erik Olson, was leaving Wisconsin to start up a new company here in Portland. Olson came here specifically to allow his endeavor to feed off our rich and vibrant bike culture. A few months later he joined forces with fellow Planet Bike co-worker Dan Powell. And the rest, as they say, is history.

From their headquarters just off the busy bikeway of N. Williams Ave, Portland Design Works has built a distinctive brand on a shoestring marketing budget. They’ve done it by doing creative projects (Circulus anyone?), by becoming part of the community, and of course by designing some very cool, distinctive and functional products.

Earlier this month I spent some time with Powell, Olson, and Sales Manager Kevin Murphy to chat about how business is going and to get a peek at their latest offerings.[Read more…]

In new video, Portland Design Works shows ‘Community Works’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 7th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Screen grab from ‘Community Works’.
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It’s rare that I’ll give Front Page space to a company’s in-house promo video; but I love the latest one from Portland Design Works.

The new video by talented filmmaker James Wilson (who has done loads of great work for local bike causes and companies), documents a few of PDW’s recent forays into community service. As you might recall from coverage here on BikePortland, PDW gave the new Ventura Pump Track a big financial boost and they also funded and hosted the very fun Rider Appreciation Day (RAD) on North Williams Avenue. The video also features company co-owner Dan Powell making PB&Js for participants in the weekly MTB Short Track races out at Portland International Raceway.
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Circulus thrills in public debut

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 25th, 2011 at 8:59 am

The race was held in the warehouse of Portland Design Works.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Get ready to race on ‘Circulus’ mini-velodrome

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 19th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

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Head-to-head racing this weekend.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Remember the Circulus mini-velodrome? It’s the 132-foot circumference wooden track and former art project that was purchased by local bike company Portland Design Works.

Since PDW bought the track earlier this year and then set it up in their warehouse just off N Williams Avenue, it has become quite popular.[Read more…]

‘Circulus’ mini-drome all set up in Portland: Now what?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 1st, 2011 at 12:17 pm

The ‘Circulus’ mini velodrome is currently set up in the Portland Design Works warehouse just off N. Williams Avenue on Hancock.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Portland Design Works supports bike advocacy through 1% for the Planet

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 24th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Just got this from local bike company Portland Design Works:

PDW kicks off year with donations to BTA and Northwest Trail Alliance

Portland, OR- Portland Design Works (PDW) is proud to announce it is kicking off 2011 by making matching donations of $2,400 to its local advocacy groups; the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and the Northwest Trail Alliance. The $4,800 total donation represents is PDWs 1% for the Planet donation for 2010.

“We see the value of what these outstanding grass roots organizations are doing for cyclists in our region,” said Daniel Powell of PDW about the BTA and the Northwest Trail Alliance. “We’re lucky to be able to take advantage of the work they do a daily basis, and we’re happy to support them”

As life-long mountain bikers, Powell and business partner Erik Olson have been blown away by the quality of the work that the Northwest Trail Alliance has done in recent projects at Sandy Ridge and Stub Steward State Park.

“We’re stoked by the announcement and the generous commitment from PD,” said Tom Archer, President of the Northwest Trail Alliance.  “We have a number of projects and initiatives on the board for 2011 and this work would not be possible without the support of a growing number local businesses like PDW who share our vision.”

As daily commuters, Olson and Powell regularly see the benefits of the initiatives the BTA works towards. Last fall, PDW also partnered with the BTA, donating $9,000 worth of tail lights to be used as membership premiums and to reinforce the message of the importance of staying visible on the roadway.

“PDW embodies Portland’s bicycle culture in both their prodcuts, and through their commitment to local nonprofits like the BTA through 1% for the Planet, “ said the BTA’s Tom Rousculp, Membership Development Manager. “We’re proud to be a partner of Portland Design Works.”

PDW is a cycling accessory company based in Portland, Oregon. The company is a member of 1% For the Planet, a global group of over one thousand companies that donate 1% of their sales to nearly two thousand environmental and advocacy organizations.