"Neon, the most dynamic and unknown of American folk arts."

— Rudi Stern, neon artist, author, founder of Let There Be Neon, New York, N.Y.

PDX Neon now has an actual website!

For a while I've been pining to create a useful resource for sign lovers in Portland, who may need help when they see a sign in danger. During the pandemic I finally found time to work on this, and now the website is live! It features funding and informational resources specific to Portland, plus sign saving tips, a Manifesto, a map of signs, why neon is better, and more. Let us know what you think!

PDX Neon is an advocacy group dedicated to protecting endangered neon signs across the city of Portland, Oregon. We seek to raise awareness of neon's irreplaceable value, and to make legislative change at the municipal level for neon sign protection.

While the site is focused on Portland, there's plenty of handy info for any neon-loving community. Please share with friends and stay in touch with us as time marches on and our city changes. Especially right now, I think the more open eyes we have on the streets, the better.

Virtual Neon Speaks 2020

This year, the Neon Speaks Festival & Symposium will be virtual, and held September 25-26-27 and October 3-4. While it is tough to not to be able to meet in person, this year's speaker list is more international, which is exciting. Early Bird tickets are available until August 25th.

No walking tours for now

It's really tricky to predict what's going to happen in our city and in our world these days. I can only guess that in 2021 we'll be able to wander through downtown with confidence, but for the time being, I can't schedule any tours.

I hope you are all hanging in there and doing well!

Neon Map+Poster of Portland.

Take your own self-guided tour of the best neon signs in Portland! Includes city-wide map of more than 80 signs. Buy one here

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Electric Letterland is where typography and wonder collide. A project of Kate Widdows, Electric Letterland is home to neon walking tours, printed neon maps, neon GIF classes, and will grow to encompass more neon-related things in the future. 

Kate Widdows is a graphic designer specializing in lettering, typefaces, and branding, and has designed neon signs for bars, art shows, and light festivals. Her original neon GIFs have appeared in news articles and television pilots, and have been exhibited internationally at design festivals, art galleries, and parties. Kate is also co-producer of the Neon Speaks Festival & Symposium in San Francisco. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
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