The PSU Crew outside of Pinball's great yellow building.
On Friday the the 21st several PSU AIGA students headed on over to Pinball Publishing on 10th and Grant to be treated to a guided tour by co-owner and former PSU graduate Austin Whipple. A big thanks again to the entire Pinball crew for being so hospitable as to let us invade their busy Friday afternoon! Look! they even wrote about our adventure on their blog! We have a crush on you Pinball Publishing! Check out more photos over on Flickr!
Pinball co-owner Austin showing us one of the presses!
Look! They made us swag packets! Special thanks to Pinball Mary for all of the great email communication. She is awesome!
Former PSU student Jill designed Pheoguitars.com. Check out her other sites after the jump!
What year did you graduate? 2003
What is your position/title, group and place of work? How long have you been working there?
I'm a Staff Designer at The Felt Hat. I was an intern for 3 months, then a contractor for 3 years, before becoming a regular employee a year and a half ago.
How did you find your current design position?
Through the internship, which was originally advertised through the art department at PSU.
What projects are you working on currently?
We're finishing up a branding project for Micom Consulting, and a wayfinding project for Stanford University. I have ongoing work for the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, which includes signage, postcards, and ads. And I'm working on a book which showcases the experience design work done by our office for the Portland Armory building.
What do you like best about your position or projects?
My firm takes on a wide variety of design projects from different industries. So I'm never working on the same thing. With all the variety, I always feel like I'm learning. And since it's a small studio, we all perform organizational, administrative and technical duties to run the business. There's always a lot to do and learn.
Here's your chance to vote on your favorite logo! Please email kristalhanson(at)gmail(dot)com with
the number of your favorite logo grouping. Voting ends next Friday, November 28th!
For a more detailed look at all the logos, please go to the friends of graphic design flickr group. So everybody go on and vote- thanks!
The Little Friends of Printmaking are going to be making their Big Brother appearance at PSU in room 170 at 7:30 pm during ART 254. If anyone is interested in showing up to hear them talk about how they got their start, their process, their work and their awesomeness, please do come and sit and listen and ask questions!
As a graphic designer, my interests in innovative women of history are often strongest for those involved in visual arts. And as a former student of Russian and a devoted Russophile, my obsession with designers of post-revolutionary Russia is off the charts. Enter Varvara Stepanova and Liubov Popova. These two artist/designers were part of the original crew of Constructivists working within Lenin's ambitious "Plan of Monumental Propaganda" (1918). Although it sounds kind of scary—monumental propaganda?!—imagine the opportunity to be involved, from the ground up, in bringing art to the masses—'to reconstruct not only objects, but also the whole domestic way of life', bringing form and function to art and creating a new philosophy around the design of utilitarian objects (clothing, housewares, packaging, magazines etc.).
As always, the male artists of this period tend to get the major recognition (Alexandr Rodchenko, Vladimir Tatlin, Vasilii Kandinsky). But Stepanova and Popova were working quite equally along side their colleagues. They were talented in many mediums—painting, set design, costume design, graphic/book design and textile design. Their contributions to this new'proletariat art' were significant and as a designer who hopes to inject meaning (not simply visual beauty) in to the work I do, I always come back to their work for inspiration.
Exhibit design by Popova and Alexander Tatlin, Stepanova's magazine cover for Soviet Cinema
While Stepanova's paintings combined a sort of graphic style with a decidedly fine art quality in a way that spoke specifically to the work coming out of Russia at that moment (I'm actually preparing to have a quote from one of her pieces tattooed on my arm when I get up the guts and the cash), it's possible that her philosophy and design in the realm of textiles were her greatest achievement during this period.
A piece from Nicole's Sophomore Portfolio Review. See the rest after the jump.
When do you expect to graduate?
winter or spring 2010, please.
Please share anything you think is relevant regarding your education at PSU or pre-PSU.
I transferred from the University of Oregon where I studied journalism and letterpress printing. That taught me to appreciate letters and type and the importance of communicating clearly. Graphic design combines those two things in a really nice way!
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 grew to understand how time consuming it is to present yourself in an obsessively clean, polished way. I started to see that I would have to work hard to make things that I felt represented me and my work, because the sophomore portfolio was comprised largely of exercises demonstrating skill competence and not necessarily projects I'd show the world.
Nicole's checklist of things to get done for the review!
Please share your process for putting your portfolio together.
I gathered what I thought were my strongest pieces and a bunch of back-ups, and made lots and lots of lists. Ones that needed work, ones that were okay as-is, what work needed to be done on each piece, what I needed at the art store, etc. Then I worked my way down the list, breathing a sigh of relief with each check mark.
Did you attend the Sophomore Review Information and Faculty Help Sessions? Where they helpful to you?
Yes and yes. The info session helped clear up basic questions about things like mounting, or whether certain pieces were a series or individual pieces. Sort of the nuts and bolts, a quick way to get questions answered. The faculty crit session helped me decide which pieces were the strongest and what kind of work needed to be done on things. I had looked at all of my work for months and it was nice to get a new viewpoint. GO TO THESE THINGS!
A BIG thanks to Nicholas Felton and Denny Schmickle for taking valuable time out of their day to beam in and talk with PSU students about their own work and dispensing advice about some current PSU student projects.
Yay! Tomorrow night at 6:30, Denny Schmickle will be beaming himself into Type 254 to talk about POSTERS and to give you guys a BOOST of energy to complete your Type & Designer Posters. Exciting, right? I KNOW!