PSU Graphic Design: Show and Tell Series

Show & Tell: Michael Ellsworth from Civilization


Please help us welcome Michael Ellsworth from Seattle based CIVILIZATION! Our first Show & Tell Lecture is happening October 8th at noon in room 320.

As a founder of Civilization, a design firm rooted in social change, Michael has built over a decade of breakthrough work for a diverse group of clients ranging from The Nature Conservancy, Frye Art Museum to the World Economic Forum, as well as self-initiated projects, such as Death Over Dinner, design podcast Beyond This Point, and the ongoing free Seattle Design Lecture Series.

In his talk he will share insights on how to unify the social, cultural and environmental value of your work and show real-life examples of how graphic design can become a catalyst for change.

Above: The #socialmedium exhibition at the Frye Art Museum

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Above: Design Lecture Series

Above: Tendai Maraire

Above: Totokaelo

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Show & Tell: Fall Schedule!


Welcome back to school and welcome back to another term of free weekly lectures! Excited to announce the Fall Show & Tell Line up! Come and join us every Thursday at noon in room 320 (2000 SW 5th AVe). Talks are free and open to the public.

October 8th: Michael Ellsworth / Built By Civilization
October 13th: Post Typography / Part of Design Week
October 15th:  The Design Kids  / visiting from Australia
October 22nd: Tina Essmaker / The Great Discontent (online)
October 29th: Zech Bard / Instrument
November 5th: Justin Morris / Kamp Grizzly
November 12th: Bijan Berahimi of Fisk
November 19th: Kristen Rogers Brown / Bitch Magazine
December 3rd: Eleana Schlenkner (online)

illustration by PSUGD student Max Miller

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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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