Don't mess with college football fans: Don't mess with their teams. Don't mess with their tailgating parties. Don't mess with their booster clubs. And don't you dare mess with their graphic design.
The last time I was lucky enough to be in the Caribbean, the only creative inspirations I had were for new ways to order mai tais with an absolute minimum of effort. Industrial designer Christian Vivanco was more creative on his summer vacation: the brightly colored seaweed and corals he saw gave him the idea for his delicately layered "Algae" lamp designs.
Whether it's due to the weather, the wealth of natural beauty, or just a self-fulfilling prophecy, Portland's DIY ethos continues to define the city.