ounded in 2007, Colorcubic is the multidisciplinary creative studio of Michael John & Christy Lai in Portland, Oregon. We spend most of our hands-on time making and curating things we love for both client and studio projects. In addition to the usual studio happenings, we run two subsidiaries: The Color Bureau, our online shop (launching very soon), and an audio/visual record label called Nueva Forma. For further investigation: peruse our disciplines of practice, view our work, or stalk learn more about the founders below.
Christy Lai // Co-founder, Creative Director, UI Designer, Developer, Illustrator, Typographer
hristy spent her precocious youth involved in various activities ranging from classical violin to fine arts to reading back issues of Orvis catalogs under flashlight and sheets (a side effect of growing up on the lake in North Idaho). Her curiosity and acquisition of a Packard Bell 386 equipped with a 14.4bps modem led her to explore bad early web development in the walled garden of Prodigy, and later, the gems of AOL. Luckily, the skills extrapolated from those experiments (and others neglected to be mentioned) landed her various positions in interactive media involving kiosk design, digital publications, and web design and coding. Shortly after studying computer engineering at Oregon State University, Christy teamed up with partner Michael John in an effort to escape the tribulations of working for the man and founded this design studio. Preoccupied with geometry and the word color as a prefix (and scheming in such), Colorcubic was naturally a suitable neologism for the grandest scheme of all.
Michael John // Co-founder, Creative Director, Illustrator, Animator, Typographer, Photographer
ichael is a man of many hats, and consequently, many stories. Childhood summers were spent studying a wide range of arts: theater, dance, drawing, and music. As a teen, Michael was part of several shoegaze and surf bands, and later went solo as an electronic producer under the musical guise of Masmöd. All the while, drawing, design, and motion graphics were also an integral part of his interests which eventually led him to study communication arts and music composition at Portland State University. During this juncture, he spent considerable time abroad in Japan, and took on different roles in various industries, many of which he’d probably like to forget. One in particular involved a stint working as a porcelain technician in a dental lab. Healthy gingivals notwithstanding, it was taxing on his health and creativity. It didn’t take long for Michael to part ways with the nine-to-five vocation, only to trade it for a nine-to-midnight one at Colorcubic. He’d say that the latter is much more satisfying anyway.