Hello neon lovers —

Welcome to winter, neon's busiest season!

"Music Box" neon is back!

Music Box was a theater located in downtown Portland from 1960-1991. Restored twice by Neon Gods, the sign is now it's mounted and lit in the courtyard of a new boutique hotel bar in NoPo called Kex. An old photo of the sign is here; article about the hotel here. Go have a drink and check it out!

The Stag's Red Nose

Every year since 1957, Portland's Ramsay Sign Co. turns on the Stag's red nose for the holiday season. This year they posted a neat video about this. Apparently the nose is "a grid of neon tubing a bit bigger than a football" (not a bulb — who knew?). Oregonian article here.

2019: neon interviews

Earlier this year I had a really fun chat with Max at Mondo Neon on his podcast, this episode titled: Neon GIFs, Co-producing a Neon Festival and Walking Tours with Designer Kate Widdows. Listen here.

I was also interviewed on TV for the first time, about Portland's neon signs.

Spring 2020 neon tours are scheduled.

I'll be doing 3 tours in the spring, including a Design Week tour (date TBD). Please share these with friends! Tickets: March 28th / May 9th

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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