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Be Honest Funding! Help Us Out!

We are in full swing preparing for our 5th annual Be Honest 2014 event!

Be Honest has become a showcase for the PSU graphic design program and a resource hopefully to the entire Portland Design Community. We are a creative, scrappy and resourceful bunch at PSU graphic design, but we can use a little help. With ongoing reductions in state funding, this event gets more challenging to put together every year. Tax-deductible donations help with production costs for the event. Anything over our budget will help improve Be Honest and benefit our PSU graphic design students as a whole.

Are you an individual and want to help a little? We would appreciate it! Please donate over at our giving page at PSU.

Are you a company or organization and want to help a little? Please email for sponsorship information!

Posted in Events

Graphic Design Professor Job Talk #3


Curious about who will be the new full-time graphic design professor with a focus in theory and research starting this Fall? Come to AB 200 on Monday at noon to hear the third of 3 candidates—Seth Ellis—speak about her work and teaching.

You will also have the option to give comments (anonymously) at the end of the talk.

Hope to see you there!

Posted in News

Be Honest is Coming! May 3rd!


above: image by Seth Gale and Zack Franceschi

Please join us on May 3rd, 2014 for the 5th Annual Be Honest. This is an excellent chance to get to know over 100 PSU.GD students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) and to take a peek at their work and hear their ideas. This event is held at Wieden+Kennedy

Event 6pm-8pm at W+K
Be Honest is a place for PSUGD students to engage with Portland’s creative community. This annual celebration features a student portfolio meet-and-greet and a special guest speaker for students and guests alike. Since 2010, Be Honest has been an important (and fun!) event for Portland’s design community, and an opportunity for students to become further acquainted with our city’s thriving creative industry. There is free beer (thanks Widmer!), fun people, and lots of rad design. We hope you can join us!

Talk 8pm-9pm at W+K Atrium (seating is limited and tickets are required)
This year’s guest speaker is Dan Cassaro! Dan is graphic designer, illustrator, and native New Yorker living and working in Brooklyn. He runs his own studio and creates work focused on type, lettering, logo design, and 70s rock and roll.
The talk is free, but space is limited!

Get your tickets here:

*if you are a student showing work at Be Honest a ticket for Dan’s talk is not needed

Special thanks to Virb, Scout Books, and The Pressure for making this talk possible with their generous donations!

Also: All of the Be Honest notifications have been sent out. If you didn’t receive an email and you think you should have please email right away. 

AND: There will be an Be Honest information session held at 1 on Thursday, April 24th right after Show & Tell!

Posted in Community, Events, PSU Students, Show and Tell Series

Show & Tell: Bob Smith


above: image by Alex Despain

Please join us for this week’s Show & Tell with an in person talk with Portland designer Bob Smith! Bob has worked at Nike as an Apparel Graphic Designer and he also rebranded Pendleton Woolen Mills Home Department, including Natl’ Park Blanket collection. He currently is the Design Director and Apparel Designer and Merchant for New Balance Tennis, including all graphic and branding materials and he continues to work in the Entertainment industry designing music packaging.

above: National Park Collection for Pendleton

An autodidactic freak of nature focusing on the confluence of sport apparel and graphic design (whatever the hell that means), Bob specializes in telling authentic, compelling stories through branded apparel. He has over 15 years in the Performance and Sportswear industry and comes highly recommended by some of the brightest leaders in the field.

above: Bob Smith

Bob fancies himself a cultural anthropologist/sociologist. His curiosity allows him to excel at immersing himself in the culture of a brand and digging out compelling product and retail insights that consistently (and profitably) resound with customers and the media. Bob has experience in virtually every aspect of creating a successful line and bringing it to market, while infusing the teams he works with an infectious enthusiasm.

above: music packaging for Peter Erskine

Bob does work as bobsmith:design, a creative consultancy which brings together insightful design direction, a playful wit, and a commitment to craftsmanship.

Find Him:

Let’s welcome him to PSU for an in person Show & Tell!

Posted in Show and Tell Series

Sophomore Writing Samples Posted!

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Looking for examples of writing samples? Look no further! Hop on over to the Sophomore Review page and scroll down to the Work Sample section for a peek at some past writing examples.



Posted in Sophomore Review