PSU Graphic Design: Show and Tell Series

Show + Tell: Arzu Ozkal

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Arzu is visiting us from San Diego State. Come out and say hello for our LAST Show & Tell of the year!

Arzu Ozkal (M.F.A, SUNY Buffalo, 2005; B.A, Bilkent University, 1998) is interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose work focus on design’s role in looking for forms of creative and critical outcomes through social participation. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at San Diego State University. Prior to joining San Diego State University in Fall 2011, she spent three years on the faculty of the Art Department at Oberlin College teaching new media practices. Since 2011, Ozkal has been working together with women from Turkey, Europe and USA to design platforms of social exchange. Ozkal co-edited with Dr. Claudia Pederson, Gün: Women’s Networks a DIY book project investigating informal networks and their extension into digital media with the aim of gaining understanding of the sociocultural conditions impacting women’s participation in contemporary culture (2013).

Her lecture will present three iterations of the project “Gün”, which she has been facilitating for the past three years. She will talk about the first gathering that took place in Istanbul, Turkey during ISEA 2011, a second one in Athens, Greece, which was part of the Home/s Exhibition at Benaki Museum in 2013, and the final one at a Design Inquiry residency in Vinalhaven, Maine in 2014.

“Gün(s)” are informal hubs of social networks where women exchange recipes and skills; share opinions and remedies, and discuss issues and concerns about their local communities. “Gün” draws from the Turkish tradition of women’s social gatherings and it literally means day; sun; sunlight, sunshine; daytime; today, present; time; age, period; good times; date; at-home day.


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Show & Tell: XPlane

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We are welcoming Associate Creative Director Tim May and Junior Designer (and PSUGD alumni) Jeffery Frankenhauser to talk with us more about X-PLANE!

XPLANE is a Business Design Consultancy. They have been helping large organizations clarify, communicate, and achieve their goals since 1993. XPLANE leverages visual thinking, human-centered design, co-creation, and multi-disciplinary teams to help clients solve complex problems and accelerate immediate and lasting results. X-PLANE combines the strategy and organizational strength of a consulting firm with the creative power of a design studio. They have worked with over 50 of the Fortune 500, and many of the world’s largest organizations, though their unique approach and methodologies can be applied to any type of organization.

XPLANE is based in Portland, OR and Amsterdam.

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Show & Tell: Instrument!


Let’s learn about Instrument from two PSUGD Alumni!

Please help us welcome Senior Designer Colleen Romike (class of 2009) and Designer Tina Snow Le (class of 2012) as they talk about what they do to make it happen at Instrument!

Instrument is an independent digital creative agency in Portland, Oregon. We are a multidisciplinary team of strategists, producers, storytellers, designers, animators, engineers, creative coders, filmmakers and content creators. We conceive, design and produce digital content and integrated experiences for web, mobile and the physical world.

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Show & Tell: Jake Hollomon from Roundhouse Agency

Jake Hollomon will be joining us to talk about ROUNDHOUSE this Thursday at noon in room 320.

A Portland native, sketchbook keeper, concept visualizer, graphic designer, illustrator, thrift store addict and foodie, Jake Hollomon is a graphic artist in Portland, Oregon. Currently working for Roundhouse Agency, his passion for design stems from an unending curiosity about the universe, paired with a love of providing a visual form to ideas.

Roundhouse is a creative agency. They work across channels while always growing their digital roots. Roundhouse believes in evolution of self and craft. Collaboration is mandatory. Ego is forbidden. Their only business plan is to create great work — the kind that stirs pride in their team, garners appreciation from their clients, and earns bragging rights for their moms.

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Show & Tell: Jennifer Daniel


Please help us welcome Jennifer Daniel for this week’s Show & Tell! Join us in room 320 at noon on Thursday, April 23rd as we beam Jennifer in for a video chat from San Francisco.

Jennifer Daniel is a visual journalist at the New York Times where she designs diagrams, builds interactive graphics, and illustrates all kinds of  things including but not limited to hot dogs and anthropomorphic

above: spread from her new book Information Graphics: SPACE

Pursuing a career in illustration she left Kansas and moved to New York where her work has since been published in a variety of publications including The New York Times, Wired, and New York Magazine. Recognized by many fancy awards including D&AD’s Gold Pencil  (London), Art Directors Club Gold Cube (New York), and Society of Publication Design Gold Medal (New York) Jennifer also teaches Visual Narratives for SVA master’s program and occasionally speaks at design conferences—most recently in Milan, Stockholm, and Berlin. Jennifer moved to San Francisco last year but still has all her clocks set to New York time.

She is also an aficionado of ascii art & Garfield

above: Graphic for the cover of NYT’s Arts and Leisure Holiday Special Section.

above: Bloomberg Businessweek cover illustration



above: Emoji Ligatures

See more of her work HERE!


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