ADX is a hub for collaboration where individuals and organizations make and learn. By sharing tools, knowledge, and experience, we’re doing things better – working together. Our makerspace, learning center, and custom fabrication shop allow anyone to bring their idea to life. In our 24,000-square foot facility, high-profile designers work alongside students, retirees share their knowledge with novice builders, and entrepreneurs collaborate with hobbyists.
Our classes are open to both members and the general public, allowing anyone to take their skills to the next level.
Anyone can join our community and gain access to our woodshop, metal shop, and digital design lab.
While immersed in Portland’s creative community, founder Kelley Roy identified a strong need for shared tools, space, and knowledge in our growing maker culture. In June 2011, Kelley and a small band of thinkers and makers took over a warehouse in the heart of SE Portland and established Art Design Portland, or ADX for short.
In the years following our launch, ADX has incubated over 100 businesses, helped 200 crowd-funded projects reach their goals, and provided a home-away-from-home for thousands of designers, builders, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, and artists. What began as a D.I.Y, bootstrapped makerspace has quickly become a local hub for both artists and artisans, pioneering a new model for both education and the modern sharing economy.
“When I joined ADX, all I had was an idea, and a handful of sketches. ADX’s tools and staff helped me turn that idea into a prototype, and the connections I made there helped me get the funding to turn that prototype into a marketable product. ADX is on the cutting edge of DIY and the new economy and they helped me turn my idea into reality.”
– Anthony S.