Garlic grows perfectly packaged. So it was especially galling to the graphic design students in Chris North's five-week "Waste Not" seminar at Portland State University when a fellow student found peeled garlic at the grocery store sold in individually wrapped cellophane packets, all in a larger bag. But it helped spur a branding project by three students called Think. "Less". where they envisioned a system whereby customers would be rewarded with points for purchases that generate less waste. Those students will present their sustainable solution at the Shift 5 salon "What does sustainable design mean to you?" on Thursday in Portland sponsored by the local chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design.
The department will be offering a screenprinting class in winter 2011. While its NOT online YET (we are waiting for a CRN) it will be called ART 399 Screenprinting. The screenprinting (AKA silkscreening) class is open to GD and ART majors — there will be about 10 spots open in this course.
The course will run from 9-12 on MW mornings and will be taught by Rita Robillard. Watch for the course to show up online in the next week or so! This class will cover simple stencils processes, drawing resist methods, and photo processes in combination with digital prints.
Rita Robillard has taught printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design’ in a class “Billboards, Zines and Artist’s Books” and printmaking classes at the San Francisco Art Institute and Washington State University. Robillard’s mixed-media work has been included in museum and gallery exhibitions, in Santiago, Chile at the Museum of Contemporary Art; Sao Paulo and Curitiba, Brazil; Tokyo; Hangzhou, China; London; and Lacoste, France. Her work is included in over twenty public collections including the Portland Art Museum; Yale University Library; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The National Academy of Art, China; Brown University’s Bell Gallery Collection and Museu da Gravura, Curitiba, Brazil.
Please join us THIS THURSDAY for our last Show and Tell of the quarter! We are welcoming the awesome duo (and newest members of the PSU GD Faculty) Always With Honor! Come hear the Young Guns talk about their work and get to know your new instructors! HUZZAH!
Monday, November 29th from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in room 160 of the annex...let's come listen to Matt!
Matt Livengood has been a practicing designer since 1997 and a design educator since 2006. He received his Bachelor of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University, and his MFA in Design from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (or NSCAD University) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Matt has worked as a designer in Chicago, Portland, and Chapel HIll, NC; prior to joining the design faculty at Portland State, he was an assistant professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto.
Although his professional portfolio includes a variety of projects, from packaging and branding to event promotions and publication design, his professional and teaching interests exist primarily within arenas not directly linked to marketplace and business settings. The construction of meaning and how design can (and should) be used to battle meaninglessness within our visual cultures is of general interest; signification, visual rhetoric, and the functional value of aesthetics are topics of particular interest to him.
The major emphasis of his graduate studies was, on the surface, an examination of the design of same-sex wedding invitations. This work focused upon how the conceptual and formal approaches used for such objects might be refocused to propagate more sincere representations of actual same-sex couples today, and to portray and acknowledge the history of same-sex relationships. The same-sex wedding invitation was used as a case study, however, to examine more universal issues: How do graphics and visuals foster constructed identities? and, How might new emerging subcultures formulate their own distinct, genuine visual identities? The work being discussed in this lecture will examine such questions and review some of the visuals and strategies formulated when this research was initiated.
PSUGD student Mike Eaton recently scored an Internship at OMFGco* in Portland. Along with helping them with the new Spirit of 77 bar, he also hand cranked 50 Thing Maker prints which are available in the OMFGco shop. Get your hands on a THING MAKER print!
Thing Maker showed up on the awesome design blog NotCot. Go Mike! Go OMFGco!
Go Ben Parsons Go! Ben entered his typeface into the Design Sponge Typeface Competition. Ben created the typeface and promotional materials for Kate Bingaman Burt's Type One class. Go Vote for Ben's Black Toast Creation! Polls close tomorrow (the 16th!)
PSU student Aaron Rayburn has been working hard on a MEGA project. Check out his process film...
The project was made using 300 year old Oregon Black Walnut (harvested after struck by lightning) which Aaron die cut the letters by hand and laser engraved the tops of the letters. Materials: Live Oregon moss, shipping crate (made from recycled barn wood, about 40-60 yrs old), raffia, lots and lots of varnish, and some love...