crystal beasley
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portland
Spaces shape creativity: Ziba project rooms

Spaces shape creativity: Ziba project rooms

I visited Ziba on a sunny, crisp fall day. (Yes, we do have them at least once a decade here in Portland.) One of their talented creative directors, Kai Halsinger, was generous enough to show me around the studio and talk about what makes it all work. Specifically on my mind was how their physical...
UX of a Protest: Occupy Portland

UX of a Protest: Occupy Portland

There aren’t many things more viscerally experienced than a protest. It’s got all the right components: big crowds, a common purpose you’re passionate about, defiance of authority and the accompanying tinge of danger. For me, that danger was foremost in my mind. A funny but serious post went up on the weekly rag, The Portland...
PieLabPDX Preso at WebVisions

PieLabPDX Preso at WebVisions

I presented my findings from a summer of running a sidewalk pie cart. Well, you might say it was a behavioral experiment disguised as a pie cart.
Pay What You Will

Pay What You Will

The past three weeks I’ve been playing some variation on letting people pay whatever they want to. The first week I told customers they could pay me however much they thought it was worth. I removed the tip jar and put a question mark on the menu board in the place of the price. Many...

PieLabPDX link round up

The media has been good to me. Here’s a round-up of the love fest: The Face of Media podcast by Bret Bernhoft The Willamette Week’s PieLab, More Than Meets the Pie by Ruth Brown *note they should be running a pie feature with a photo of my custardy-delicious Buttermilk Whiskey Pie this week. Food Carts...
Pie It Forward

Pie It Forward

I’ve been a busy bee serving smiling customers at PieLabPDX. Since my last post three weeks ago I’ve been up to some mischief both new and old. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the story, that’s the original idea that inspired the cart. In this experiment, customers get the order of the person...

Spin the wheel! Win a prize!

The beautiful wheel of fortune was installed on the cart two weeks ago and I’ve been putting it to use ever since. It has a chalkboard finish, so I can change the options and relative probability of each. There are approximately fifty spaces with one special half size space. Its pegs are painted red and...

First Day of PieLabPDX!

Friday was my first day! Exclamation point! Exclamation point! Finally I was able to legally stand on the corner with my little red and pink pie stand.The first game was Rock Paper Scissors. If we roshambo and I win, I get to pick what flavor pie you get. If you win, you choose. The first...

PieLabPDX debuts at 30 Hour Day

Sorry for the absence of postings lately, but I’ve been busy building things… physical things with molecules and stuff and not just pushing ones and zeroes around. The thing in question: a pie cart. When I tell people I’m building a pie cart I get a blank stare. They blink a few times and then...

Portland Optometrist Cost Comparison

As a freelancer, I’m running rather lean when it comes to insurance. I barely have health insurance, much less vision insurance. I’m sadly disillusioned when it comes to Yelp’s icky business practices and besides, there are only five optometrists listed in all of Portland. So what’s a girl to do? Consult twitter for recommendations and...