Hibernation Mode @rdcHQ

Greetings from rdcHQ! We’re officially in hibernation mode at rdcHQ – taking time to re-energize and reprioritize. We’ll have some announcements over the coming months regarding our time capsule and new directions at Rural Design Collective Headquarters – in the meantime, enjoy some updates to projects in the queue.

Historical Photos, Revisited

We have lovely new additions to the Port Orford Historical Photos site contributed by a historical photo buff and resident of Port Orford. The first is a handtinted photograph of Humbug Mountain (est. 1940) and it is particularly interesting when viewed with other photos of the surrounding sea stacks. The photo clearly illustrates the everchanging landscape due to wind, weather, erosion and the passage of time. Our patron has graciously donated these images to our archive under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License and the high resolution versions will be made available at portorfordhistoricalphotos.org.

The second is another handtinted photograph presumably taken in the same time period featuring a historical view of the south face of Cape Blanco. What is most notable about this image is the absence of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse which was constructed in 1867 and first lit in 1870, making this a very interesting addition to the collection indeed! We are still investigating the origin of the photo and whether or not foggy weather or the handtinting process and technology of the period may be the reason for the missing landmark … Stay tuned!

If you are interested in contributing photos to the Port Orford Historical Photos project, learn more here.

Win This Helmet, Redux

We had so much fun working with the Sixes River Fire Department this summer, we’re pitching in on a new initiative with the goal to raise money for our firefighters, specifically a new used truck that is needed in order to protect the community effectively. Learn all about it here. You can make a donation online or at several locations in Port Orford, Oregon that display the flyer below.

It’s Oregon Coast Film
Festival Time! <3 <3 <3

It’s that time of the year again … time for The Oregon Coast Film Festival! We’ve been busy, busy, busy at #rdcHQ but nothing can keep us from the Premiere Film Festival on the Oregon coast! This year there is an amazing lineup featuring top filmmakers and video artists in the area. If you are in the vicinity of The Sprague Theater in Bandon, OR, don’t miss it! More details are available at the Oregon Coast Film Festival website.

We’re pleased to announce that two films created this summer during our program made Friday’s playlist – “A Trip To Washington DC” and “Earth Day 2015.”

We’re also thrilled to see Pacific High School on the Best of Festival Playlist for Saturday Evening – “More Than Just Being Nice” directed by Nathan Malamud will have it’s first public screening at the event! Woo Hoo! :)

PeckPeck’s Journey @rdcHQ
#351100 Extra Credit

Greetings from #rdcHQ! An ultra-cool gift arrived at Rural Design Collective Headquarters this week — our very own autographed copy of “PeckPeck’s Journey” from those creative inventors at Wiggle Planet. Needless to say we couldn’t wait to explore our first augmented reality book and see what adventures were in store for Sombrero, the wiglet that we designed last Spring for a little Extra Credit. Needless to say, we were awestruck with the results and indeed smitten with the Wiglets.

There is an iOS app available for the book which you can download and read more about here. You can get your own copy of the book in the Wiggle Planet shop. When you have the book, that is when the magic happens. This is the first adventure in a series of augmented reality books, so stay tuned to Wiggle Planet for details and keep yourself informed of all the book-related updates at wiglet.net/journey/.

PeckPeck’s Journey arrives at Rural Design Collective Headquarters!
Nathan Malamud explores “PeckPeck’s Journey” in the Print Lab at #rdcHQ

#rdcHQ Fall/Winter
Extra Credit #351100

Greetings from #rdcHQ! We are entering our Fall/Winter season at Rural Design Collective Headquarters and the final months of our 351-Centennial Celebration. Most of our Extra Credit work will be time capsule related as we ready for the alpha phase of our Gegenschein project. We received this 1895 map of the City of Port Orford which shows that our building was not in existence at that time. The 351-Building would be in the area highlighted in green — [ Best Viewed Large ]

“City of Port Orford Map – 1895″ courtesy of Port Orford Historical Photos
Tents at the future site of the 351-Building. Estimated date is roughly the same as map above.

We’ll also have news soon on work related to our recent collaboration with the Sixes River Firefighters and Archangel Ancient Tree Archive. A video project is currently in production that provides a narrative on the event. It will soon be released on the redesigned Port Orford Community Stewardship Area website.

The new POCSA site is one of many projects that we are translating into a more responsive and accessible format for universal access on desktop and mobile devices. Look for many more upgrades in the months ahead … Stay tuned!

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