Heidi Whitcomb works for Dark Horse...see more of her work at the end of the interview!
What year did you graduate?
What is your position/title, group and place of work? How long have you been working there?
I'm a graphic designer for Dark Horse Comics. I've been here since March 2005.
How did you find your current design position?
The Oregonian. It was an anonymous listing. I got lucky. I was also persistent. ;)
What projects are you working on currently?
I am working on cover designs for a series of novels presented by (not written by) Neil Gaiman. This will eventually be a series of about twenty some books. I also just finished a series of book cover designs for Lankhmar. I was lucky enough to illustrate AND design this series. Some of my other regular projects are Buffy the Vampire Slayer (comics, graphic novels and products), Vampire Hunter D novels, Aliens and Predator mass market novels, and Blood+ (manga). I also work on various ads, posters, and marketing materials. In my 'free' time I do the design work for Underland Press which is a new company that specializes in thriller/horror novels.
What do you like best about your position or projects?
Dark Horse's best attribute is the variety of projects. I could be doing anything. At one point I was designing a Ouija board AND an identity system for a local catholic church. It makes working a lot more interesting.
Students and Faculty, we want your submissions for an art annex show presenting small work: zines, business cards, books, buttons—anything that can fit into a bag! Give us small class projects that you're proud of!
We will be accepting submissions until November 7th. Please put all submissions in the bag hanging in the green room.
Volunteer graphic design opportunity with local nonprofit organization, CASH Oregon
Creating Assets, Savings & Hope (CASH) Oregon is looking for a volunteer art or graphic design student to help us create attractive new outreach and training materials for our Financial Advocacy Initiative. We also hope to reach more low- and moderate-income families that would benefit from our free service through stylish announcements and informational brochures. In its second year, our Financial Advocacy Initiative is committed to providing vulnerable families and individuals with the support they need to improve their financial security. We need your help developing a creative brand for our materials.
We would like you to start volunteering as soon as possible. Our office is located in Suite 2010 of the Lloyd Center Mall at the end of the business wing (3rd floor across from Apollo College).
Please contact Thomas Kost, Financial Advocacy Program Manager, at 503-243-7765 or email@example.com to volunteer. Our mailing address is CASH Oregon, 2010 Lloyd Center Mall, Portland, OR 97232.
Rory's Sophomore Portfolio Review Package! See the rest of his portfolio after the jump!
When do you expect to graduate?
I'm aiming for Summer of 2009
Please share anything you think is relevant regarding your education at PSU or pre-PSU.
I'm a post-baccalaureate student.
A graphic designer's portfolio is a primary professional tool , it is used for getting jobs (and for promoting designers and design studios, bringing in new clients, etc.) What do you feel you may have gained from the process of putting your body of work together?
I feel I got a lot out of the process but I'm not sure how to quantify the benefits of the experience. One thing that springs to mind is that it forces you to be introspective, to see your work as a whole and not just as a a group of individual projects. To think about how this work represents you what
are the pieces you like and based on that what direction you see yourself headed.
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