Also whilst in Portland (this is turning into 'and one time, in Portland'...) I went to chat to the good folks at Ziba. They showed me around and I spoke to them about what I'm up to at the moment.
Ziba are a product design firm in working in the same area as IDEO and people like that. Probably most famous for their great work on Umpaqua bank. They also did that new(ish) Wacom Pad that everyone goes on about.
When you're a graphic designer, product designers make you very jealous. They have workshops and lathe and cutters and machines. Again I couldn't take pictures, but let me take one of this. I asked what it was and they replied, "Oh it's just resin".
It may be just resin, but it looks very cool.
Thanks to Paul who showed me around and Simon who helped set it up.