PSU Graphic Design: Events

MFA Lecture Series: Ryan Pierce

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PSU MFA Studio Lectures Series presents: Ryan Pierce
Tuesday October 27 / 7:00pm
Lincoln Hall Room 75
1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland State University
free & open to the public

Ryan Pierce makes paintings, texts, and journeys inspired by the resilience of the natural world. He draws on influences from ecological theory, literature, and folk art to create vivid and complex visions of our near future.

He has exhibited internationally and his work has been recognized by grants from the Joan Mitchell and San Francisco Foundations, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council, as well as by reviews in Art in America, Art Papers, and The Oregonian. Pierce has been an artist in residence at the Ucross Foundation, Caldera, and Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder in Norway, and a fellow at the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. Pierce has taught at colleges and universities throughout Oregon and lectured as a Visiting Artist at more than 40 institutions. In 2012, he was the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. He is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland.

Pierce is the co-founder, with activist Amy Harwood, of Signal Fire, a group that facilitates wilderness residencies and retreats for artists of all disciplines.

promos by Elise Furlan, A+D Projects

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Similarly Different SHOW! November 5th!

Similarly Different is a visual collaboration between graphic design students in Portland (Oregon, USA), and London (UK). This project experiments with the visualization of points of view through collaboration. Students work together on letterpress, screenprinting, Risograph, and pinhole photography pieces, over a two week period, and then exhibit the work at the end.

We’ve had our show in London, and now it’s time to share our work with Portland.

We hope to see you there, (mate)!

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Janine Vangool: Typewriter, A History


Above: PSUGD Students get in for FREE with the code: STUDENTLOVE

When Janine Vangool was little, she happily tapped letters on her mother’s machine. She loved seeing thoughts become tangible, and marvelled in the satisfaction of seeing her words printed on the page. It was her first taste of both graphic design and publishing — topics that would become her profession and passion. A simple typewriter ribbon tin purchased on eBay reignited Janine’s early obsession with the typewriter. In search of more artifacts and ephemera over the next decade, she collected from the rich, graphic history of the typewriter. The Typewriter: a Graphic History of the Beloved Machine is a richly illustrated book full of never-before published typewriter memorabilia, intriguing historical documents and entertaining anecdotes. Janine’s presentation will go through the 150+ year history of the machine through the graphic design and advertising that tells its story over the decades. Get your tickets here.

About Janine Vangool 
Janine Vangool is the publisher, editor and designer of UPPERCASE, a quarterly print magazine for the creative and curious. UPPERCASE publishes content inspired by design, typography, illustration and craft. Her magazine and books celebrate the process of making, the commitment to craft and the art of living creatively. Janine has worked as a freelance graphic designer in arts, culture and publishing and has also taught typography and publication design at the college level. She has a particular fondness for typewriters, a passion that has inspired a book about their graphic history. She lives in Calgary, Canada with her novelist husband and curious 5-year-old son.

Presented by PSU Graphic Design and IPRC
Sunday, October 11th at 7:00

Shattuck Annex 1914 SW Park Avenue


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Typewriter Jam!

Above: Typewriter JAM logo by PSUGD Faculty Nico Courtelis

IPRC Inaugural Typewriter Jam
Saturday October 10th, 2015
4­-8pm 8-10PM Uppercase Subscriber Mix-n-Mingle
IPRC 1001 SE Division Street

DO YOU LOVE TYPEWRITERS!?!?!?! Part historical exhibit, part typewriter clinic, part art show­­the inaugural the Portland Typewriter Jam has everything a typewriter aficionado could wish for! Over 50 unique and exotic typewriters on display, and dozens of different typewriters to use. A typewriter clinic for cleaning and maintenance tips, ribbons and supplies­­PLUS­­ you can and pull your own typewriter ­themed art print­­FREE!

The IPRC is proud to host Uppercase Magazine Publisher and author Janine Vangool selling her new book “The Typewriter: A Graphic History of the Beloved Machine”.

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Spring 2015 FRESH at Revolution Hall

Interested in working with our newest grads? contact for an invite to the Spring 2015 FRESH portfolio show!


This scrappy state school is going fancy as we invade the newly renovated Revolution Hall (which used to be Washington High School) to showcase our graduating work. Come out and see 37 seniors share what they have been up to over the last few years. Also, come a take a peek at the incredible Revolution Hall. WOW!

Formal invite language below. This is how Ivy League schools do it, right?

“On June the Tenth, in the year of our Lord Two-Thousand and Fifteen, the elite of Portland’s Graphic Design community will gather to impart their knowledge on the young minds graduating from Portland State University. The Wardens of the Graphic Design programme request your presence at the proceedings, in order to help guide and foster their burgeoning talents. Come rub elbows with America’s future. Pinkies up, ladies and gentlemen.”

Pinkies up, INDEED. Hope to see you on the 10th!

Again, this is an invite only event. If you are interested in working with one of our grads, please contact for registration information. 

Spring 2015 Graduating Seniors!
Alex Despain
Andrea Kerr
Angela Saylors
Bryan Zentz
Benjamin Woodcock
Bianca Hansrote
Briana Romancier
Bryony Redhead
Chaylee Brown
Corey Bade
Daniel Cole
Deborah Lee
Donna Truong
Elizabeth Jackson
Eric Howe
Erik Berglund
Gregor Holtz
Holly Stout
Jesse Weeg
Jessica Lyons
Jessie Hewett
Jordan Hoagbin
Kadie Kobielusz
Kyle Vsetecka
Kyle Zadina
Kylie Freeman 
Lanakila MacNaughton
Megan Odell
Reid Stubblefield
Rico Macias-Zepeda
Romeo Salazar
Sarah Cadwell
Seth Gale
Shaun Doniger
Thomas Moore
Vanessa Despain
Zack Franceschi

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