July Artist in Residence Lauren Underwood

Lauren Underwood grew up in Portland and Boring, OR at the same time. She witnessed the transition from city to country and country to city each week as she traveled between these two homes. She went to college in Bellingham, WA. At Fairhaven College she designed a...

Getting Lost In A Good Book

There is nothing quite like getting lost in a good book where the characters and intricate story lines draw you in. Two Brazilian artists felt the same way, literally. Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo created an entire maze using 250,000 books to build the winding...

“Instrumental Change”

We love music here at Birch, and so we’re loving this innovative music technology post by Cassandra Daily! First up we’ve got the Barcode Band.  The trio behind this project created a series of barcodes that make specific instrumental sounds when scanned,...

Coffee Accessories!

Hey coffee lovers! Who would’ve ever thought coffee could be accompanied by some quality accessories? And we’re not talking about bedazzling your coffee cup (although that can be facinating.) The Coffree and Coffee Joulies are to coffee what a sweet pair...

Designing A Universal Language

Isotype (International System of TYpographic Picture Education) is a method of showing social, technological, biological and historical connections in pictorial form. Check out this interesting, very old, representation of this is Otto Neurath’s book International...

The Twentieth Century Time Machine

In the last 1920, engineer and scientist, Gordon Earl Adams, attempted to create a time machine in the basement of his house. The pictures below are evidence of his endeavors. What we want to know is did the machine work? There is no record. What happened to Gordon...