Be Honest is the Portland State University Graphic Design annual student portfolio showcase. It's part portfolio show, part party, part open house, part alumni reunion, part pop-up shop, part awards show, part lectures and ALL FUN. And we want you to join in with us! This year, 140 sophomores, juniors and seniors are excited to share their work and engage with Portland's creative community. Be Honest serves as a valuable opportunity for students to gain experience presenting their work and we would love for your feedback and support. Portfolios are open to the public and will be on view from 4:30-7:30. Awards and 5x5 lectures start at 7:30. Hope to see you there!
5 Minutes, 5 Images, 10 Speakers
Aaron James Draplin is a 41-year-old American graphic designer. He’s been able to pull off a so-called career making logos for big and little things, Field Notes memo books, state posters, art direction for snowboarding brands and is nearing his 200th speaking gig. And, he did it with hard work and wit with a fierce loyalty to craft, friends and ideas. He operates under a general demeanor of niceness and willingness. That is, until you cross him.
An autodidactic freak of nature currently focused on the confluence of sport apparel and graphic design (whatever 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.
Georgia Frances King is a writer of words, wearer of frocks and an anti Oxford comma advocate. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, she moved to the States two years ago to pursue print publishing (and to further her education in toasting the perfect grilled cheese). She is the editor of Kinfolk Magazine.
Joshua Berger is an artist, designer, and creative director working at the intersection of social, economic, and environmental well-being. He's has been the art director of Plazm magazine since its inception in 1991 and is currently relaunching Plazm Design with creative director Niko Courtelis.
Laura Whipple is a creative entrepreneur and print culture enthusiast. For the past thirteen years, she and her amazing team have developed tools for people to communicate their ideas through the creation of printed goods. She’s the Co-founder of Pinball Publishing, Scout Books and Outpost; three custom manufacturing companies based in SE Portland. The enthusiasm she has for her work is fueled by a love for communication, collaboration, and the making of meaningful things.
Mira Kaddoura is a conceptual artist, art director, creative director and founder of Red & Co. Previously, she worked at Wieden + Kennedy for 10 years. She creates work that starts meaningful conversations around companies and causes she believe in. This includes Nike Body Parts campaign, Nike I Feel Pretty, The Girl Effect, The Wonder Clock and recently Google Made with Code. Mira thinks yoga, her husband and friends and family keep her sane in this thing called advertising.
Pat Castaldo is a reformed graphic designer, an active dirty storyteller, a semi-professional pinball player, an Apple Design Award winning software designer, co-founder of BuyOlympia and curator at Land Gallery. He has a hard time sitting still and is prone to dangerous levels of multitasking. He's very good at email.
Tina Snow Le is a designer based in Portland, Oregon whose spirited work is rooted in her love of vibrant colors, her multicultural background, and bringing people together for the greater good. She thrives when design fuses with community to ignite change, encourage engagement and promote play. Selected clients include Ideo, Nike, Levi's, and Dr. Pepper. Currently, she's working at Instrument helping evolve Nike.com.
Tsilli Pines is the Director of Design Week Portland, the Host of CreativeMornings in Portland, and the Digital Creative Director at FINE. She has designed award-winning projects for folks like Francis Ford Coppola and David Bowie, among others. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, HOW, and Print. She's passionate about the value of design and the power of creative discourse.