A few years ago, while on vacation, we were digging through salvage in a dusty corner of a thrift shop in Portland, and found an old jeweler’s hub emblazoned with a typewriter and a banner reading Craft-o-Graph Club. We wondered about the sweet blue haired ladies that might have called themselves Craft-o-Graph; Did they hold their weekly book club meetings in a white church basement with tea and home-made snickerdoodle cookies in the back of the room? Or were they a group of 30 something, cold war era, chain smoking degenerates typing up new age poetry together every other Tuesday night?
What if, just for the heck of it, we quit our jobs, moved to Portland, started our own design business and called it Craft o Graph? ... That sounds crazy. Yes, yes it did.
Right then and there, we began plotting our exit from life-as-we-knew-it. To say that we haven’t looked back would make my nose so long, I could smack you in the face with it.
We are constantly reminded of the people, places, and experiences that have influenced us and cultivated our creativity. And we are endlessly thankful for those that shook our hands and said ‘hell yes’ when we told them what we were up to.
Who knows what Craft o Graph once was, but these days, its a stick-your-hand-in-the-hat, and see what the day brings you sort of tornado-y design surprise.
Craft o Graph is part ‘craft’ and part ‘graphics’ — hand worked fibers, one-off curved plywood chairs, small-run water-cooling compatible computer chassis, books, branding, identities, website design, and advertising.
CoG embodies perpetual movement and our hankering to create for the greater good.