I think pretty much everyone living in the Portland area knows or at least has heard about, ADX. But if you haven’t, now is the perfect chance for you to learn about it!
What is ADX Portland?
ADX loosely stands for “Art Design Portland” and was founded by Kelley Roy in 2011. It’s a maker space where people can go to create anything their heart desires, and if they don’t have something you’re looking for, chances are they can find it in one of their partners here in the city. They truly live up to their motto: Make it yourself, learn how to make it, or we’ll make it for you.
IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:
- How ADX came to be. Kelley read a New York Times article about a maker space in Brooklyn, but the classes and membership only business model meant the space couldn’t sustain. It took her and her team a long while to find a model that worked for them, but they did and they’ve been in business ever since.
- All the things that you can create in their maker space. ADX offers a wood shop, metal shop, jewelry making, screen printing, laser engraver, 3D printers, digital design software, and more. They also partner with various places within the city so if you can’t find it under their roof, chances are, they know somewhere else that you can go.
- All the pieces that make ADX work. It’s not just classes and membership, after all, though they do offer both of these things. What makes ADX really stand out is their in-house design and fabrication shop, where they create a variety of things for their clients.
- How they get clients for the fabrication shop. The truth is, they don’t do a lot of advertising; it’s mostly word of mouth, client referrals, social media, repeat customers, and so on.
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ADX is a really cool space, and so you’re going to want to listen to the full interview with Kelley to get the full scope of what ADX can do. And her favorite place in Portland? Noraneko, a Japanese fusion cuisine place on Water Ave.