Digital Media in Oregon

February 9, 2018 / Posted by Cane Prevost

Did you know that the Portland Metro area is a hub of digital design? Portland has long been a place where artists, designers, filmmakers and other creatives could find a home and if they were lucky good jobs. In the last decade with the rising costs of living in other major west coast cities Portland has rapidly transformed itself into a hub of all sorts of creative industries. 

Many people don't know that the biggest and most advanced stop motion film studio in the world is located right outside of Portland. Laika studios is responsible for such films as Coraline, Box Trolls, Cubo, and more. The studio itself is in a gigantic warehouse building. It doesn't look like much on the outside but inside it's incredible. Everything is made onsite and by hand. There are sections where people are working full time on building sets, sewing clothing, making props and more. It's an amazing place and the varied skill sets from all creative fields it takes to make it work is truly amazing. 

Portland is also increasingly the set for TV and film. Portlandia, Grimm, The Librarians,  are just a few of the series shot in Portland. These shows produce a lot of jobs for creative industry people. Portland is getting a reputation in that industry as a good place to locate a production. Partly because the city agressively works to make it easy and profitable for series to locate in Portland and because of the lower cost of production. 

Other places such as Nike, Columbia Sportswear, Adidas create many jobs for creatives. Nike employs many dozens of graphic designers, photographers, video production artists, web designers and more. Each of these have a huge stable of in house tallent and help support a thriving freelance industry in the Portland area. 

If you are interested in exploring the various creative industries in Oregon a site created by oregonstoryboard.org has an interactive board that will allow you to explore many of the creative industries Oregon has to offer. Give it a go at â€‹http://ecosystem.oregonstoryboard.org/1