PSU Graphic Design: PSU Students

Fresh is December 10th! Check out these GRADS!

Fresh_siteCheck out our newest crop of graduating SENIORS! 

The FRESH site has launched and they are exited to share and show their work on December 10th from 5:30-8:30 at Tillamook Station. If you are looking for new designers to work with, please contact Fall portfolio instructor Yvonne Perez Emerson at for more details.

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Enter the PORTAL! It’s Scholarship Time, Everyone!

A+D Scholarships 2015–16
Deadline: Sunday, February 1, 2015

Scholarships awarded to Art Practices and Graphic Design undergraduates, MFA Studio and MFA Social Practice graduate students. Undergraduate students must have completed at least 20 credit hours in their major and all students must have at least 6 credit hours remaining before graduation. Awards are based on financial need, first-generation college student status, enrollment status, creative work and accomplishments in area/s of study in the School of A+D.

Awards will be put toward tuition fees. Amounts vary. Your application to the university scholarship portal ensures that you will be considered for all scholarships for which you are eligible.

1. Set up an account and apply through the university scholarship portal.

2. Create an account at and create a photo set of five. Examples of artwork, include title, date, dimensions and medium for each image. (See Portfolio Requirements.)

3. Copy and paste the link to your Flickr photo set in university scholarship portal application.

Portfolio Requirements:
Create a Flickr photo set containing five examples of your work. This portfolio must consist of five works, preferably in the student’s area(s) of concentration. In addition to image files, videos/animations should also be uploaded via the same Flickr photo set. The committee will review up to five minutes of time-based work.

Graphic Designers
Create a Flickr photo set containing five examples of your work. Videos/animations may also be uploaded to the same Flickr photo set. The committee will review up to five minutes of time-based work.

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Julie Lesseg & Olivia Serrill awarded at the AIGA Conference!

Above: PSUGD had three pieces accepted into the AIGA: New Ventures Student show which was held during the National AIGA Educator’s conference. Students Julie Lesseg, Olivia Serrill, Charlotte Hill and Angela Saylors showcased their work along with 17 other student projects from a variety of schools in the region. 

This exhibition, juried by a group of local design professionals, showcases design projects by students from higher-education institutions in Oregon and southern Washington. In connection to the conference theme — each project resonates with ideas of ‘ intersections’ and ‘new ventures’. All work on display includes key moments of the design process as well as images of final prototypes.

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As part of the exhibition, AIGA Portland provided two DEXed Scholarship awards presented by Liquid Agency. These two scholarships were won by Julie Lesseg for her project Shout: A Collection of Coming Out Stories. SHOUT is about sharing what can be the most important story a person could tell. It is a project about uniting, inspiring, and supporting those that live their lives partially or completely in the closet, by creating a resource of experiences from the LGBT who have been there. See more at

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Above: Olivia Serrill was awarded the other scholarship for her project The History of Engagement.

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Above: The History of Engagement by Olivia Serrill

The History of Engagement is an unfolding archive that chronicles the history of the work done by the Education Department of the Portland Art Museum. This timeline is solely drawn from uncatalogued archives housed in the Portland Art Museum’s Crumpacker Family Library. This unfolding archive spanning just under 50 feet long took over 5 months to complete and features over 200 illustrations which highlight events of the museum’s long and rich history, dating back to 1892.

Above: In Addition by Charlotte Hill & Angela Saylors

In Addition was their response to the question they heard frequently between classmates throughout their college education: “how do you do that? Can you show me?”
In seven weeks, they branded, created, and produced an event that gave students the chance to learn about their classmates’ particular skillsets and processes, and add on to their formal, classroom education.

Congrats to all four of them for their incredible work and excellent showing!

Posted in Competitions, PSU Students

PSUGD Students Participate in the Bacardi BarBuild!

Bacardi Barbuild logos designed by Alex Despain (Dirty Dice), Jessie Woodcock (Maggie’s), Elizabeth Jackson (Flight Club), and Debbie Lee (Pipeline) 

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Above: Alex working on his bar Dirty Dice

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above: Debbie standing in front of her bar Piperline

Four PSUGD students (Alex Despain, Jessie Woodcock, Elizabeth Jackson and Debbie Lee) participated in the Bacardi BarBuild challenge last week. They joined 40 bartenders, split into 4 teams of 10 and had an afternoon to brand and build a bar. Lis Charman was the faculty mentor. Nice work designers!

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J O I N  U S  on  N O V E M B E R  5th in the  A B  G A L L E R Y !

A collection of Risograph and letterpress posters created by PSUGD students in collaboration with London College of Communication students will be on display.

RSVP here

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