Sticky was honored by the 2013 Bike Commute Challenge, tying for first place in the small business category. For the annual Challenge, workplaces across Oregon compete by riding bikes to work for the month of September, helping to reduce pollution and fuel usage, while giving employees a little extra exercise.

This year, Sticky’s cyclists turned in a perfect score, with every employee riding to work for every commute, all month long. Not even the wettest September in Portland history could slow them down. (Thanks for the 4.38 inches, Typhoon Pabuk.)

And while perfection is mighty impressive, it’s nothing new for Sticky, who previously posted a perfect record in 2009. Still, we’re proud to be back on track!

If you’ve walked past the studio lately, you probably couldn’t help but notice our brand new interactive signage. When people walk by the front window, their movement triggers the opening of six sets of curtains to reveal “STICKY,” spelled out in beautiful, custom ceramic letters, courtesy of our neighbors Mudshark Studios.

With the boom in online retail showing no signs of slowing, it’s more important than ever for brick-and-mortar shops to consider how the best of digital marketing can translate in the real world. We’re using this window as an opportunity to explore just that: experimenting with all the ways interactivity can transform the potential of window displays for retailers. Whether we’re bringing a product to unexpected life or crafting a spectacle that’s impossible to ignore, we believe these types of experiences surprise and delight consumers, while giving retailers an exciting new way to stand out.

An interactive media installation created in collaboration with Mike Allison. A stretched sheet of spandex acts as a membrane interface sensitive to depth that people can push into and create fire-like visuals and expressively play music.

The "Water Light Graffiti" is a surface made of thousands of LED illuminated by the contact of water. You can use a paintbrush, a water atomizer, your fingers or anything damp to sketch a brightness message or just to draw. Water Light Graffiti is a wall for ephemeral messages in the urban space without deterioration. A wall to communicate and share magically in the city.

With "FINE SOUND keine medienkunst" Weisses Haus presents soundspaces, sound installations and sound sculptures. Soundproduction from soundabsence, patterns of tones and repetitive notes, sequences and interferences of noises to musical structures. Each object, defining a standalone soundspace that has to enter into a dialog with the architectural situation and has to deal with the presence of other soundspaces. Feb 20th to March 30th, 2013.

Artists: FAXEN, Andreas Krach, Tristan Perich, Gaby Peters, RaumZeitPiraten, Ulla Rauter, Georg Reil & Kathy Scheuring, Christian Konrad Schröder, Amund Sjølie Sveen, Markus Taxacher and Benjamin Tomasi, curated by Alexandra Grausam & Markus Taxacher.

From Daily tous les jours:

21 Balançoires (21 Swings) is a giant collective instrument, a game where together we achieve better things than separately. When in motion, each swing in the series triggers different notes and, when used all together, the swings compose a musical piece in which certain melodies emerge only through cooperation.


When Sticky moved into its new digs, we knew we’d need everything in the toolbox to turn the new space into our dream home. Luckily, PACDOOR — friend of the studio and Portland’s premier garage door manufacturer — swooped in, offering to loan us its extensive collection of tools as well as its workshop, where we built our custom desks.

To return the favor, we redesigned PACDOOR’s website. Open the door to their new site here.

Sticky’s On the Move!

After more than 22 years in our NE 8th Avenue studio, Sticky Co. is moving on up — the street, that is.

In mid-July, we settled into our new digs on the second floor at 920 NE Glisan, just a few blocks away from our former studio. With a new supper club opening up next door and lots of fellow thinkers and makers in the building, we’re excited to be in the heart of such a creative neighborhood.

We decided to use the move as an excuse to build our dream studio. That meant designing and building our own desks, putting up a coat of magnetic chalkboard paint in the brainstorming room, and hanging a disco ball from a skylight for a non-stop party vibe. In the coming months, we’ll be putting the finishing touches on our new home, so, if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by to say hi and see our new digs. We’d love to give you a tour!

And please update your contact information for Sticky Co.:
920 NE Glisan Street
Portland, Oregon 97232

Okay, so that header is a bit misleading.

Our resident coding wiz Brandon Stump just spent a few weeks in Sticky’s Amsterdam studio. While he was there, he found the triple-X mark — which is actually a trio of St. Andrew’s crosses from Amsterdam’s coat of arms — nearly everywhere he looked. According to Dutch legend, the three crosses represent the three threats that plagued ancient Amsterdam: flood, fire, and the Black Death. But these days, they’re just a part of the city’s landscape and okay, an incredibly prescient symbol of modern Amsterdam’s reputation.

Brandon snapped hundreds of photos of the crosses and edited them into a hyper-paced, minute-long video, even synching the cuts to match the beats of the soundtrack (Aphex Twin’s “Windowlicker”).

So go on: take a tour of Amsterdam courtesy of its ubiquitous coat of arms.

What if materials could defy gravity, so that we could leave them suspended in mid-air? ZeroN is a physical and digital interaction element that floats and moves in space by computer-controlled magnetic levitation.

ZeroN video is courtesy of the MIT Media Lab, LabCAST. Read and watch more LabCAST here.


After five years in seclusion, Holton Rower is emerging with a solo show in New York City. His pour paintings, on display at The Hole through May 26th, are vibrant displays of acrylic paint left mostly to its own devices. Standing above large planks, Rower pours paint down thick wooden protrusions, allowing the paint to grow, or not, as wood blocks and other obstacles permit. Though at first the method seems simple, Rower has refined the process and his technical skills to an extent that intention and spontaneity are evident in equal measure in the work.

Watch one of Holton Rower's creations in the making here.

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Sticky intern Devin Pentecost is graduating from the University of Portland in May and, for his senior design project, his team developed an LED cube outfitted with interactive accelerometer response. Each side of the eight-inch cube is translucent, revealing a three-dimensional grid of LED lights inside. Thanks to a three-axis accelerometer housed inside the cube, it responds to real-time motion as if it actually contained a physical liquid. Flip it over and the lights closest to the ground are engaged. Shake it from side to side and the lights appear to slosh like water. And when it’s at rest, it reverts to an attract mode, creating patterns and animations with the lights. It’s an impressive toy and illustrates Devin’s bright, shining knack for complex embedded digital systems.

Play the video above to see the cube in action or visit the team’s website to learn more.

Versatile tech wiz Brandon Stump has been part of the Sticky team for more than a decade, which is plenty long to get to know the real Brandon, right? Oh, how wrong we were. This last year, Brandon cycled through dozens of haircuts, each in the service of a portrait as a fictional persona.

Brandon as Pabst-swilling, mustachioed Portland hipster? Check.
Brandon as a Hot Topic-shopping emo boy? Check.
Brandon as grizzled death row inmate with one perfect tear tattooed on his cheek? Check.
Brandon as bearded Joaquin Phoenix doppelganger? Yep, that one, too.

To celebrate his ever-changing look, he’s gathered the portraits in a book, designed by photographer Mike Pifke. It’s called Have You Seen This Man? and is available for purchase on Blurb. Head here to preview the images and secure a copy of your own. Go on. Make your coffee table happier than it ever imagined.

From Teague Labs:

Using a Teagueduino and a few inputs and outputs, we put together a physical side-scrolling video game. To control it, there’s a knob on the side. As time advances the game gets faster and faster — can you avoid all the obstacles and make it to the end?

View the making of video for Johnny Kelly's short film “Back to the Start”. From Nexus Productions:

The pace and timeline of the film is captured beautifully in camera using traditional stop frame model animation techniques to track the life of a farmer. Filmed in one sweeping take the film was painstakingly animated over 4-weeks on one large all-encompassing model background.

Read more and watch the finished film here.