PSU Graphic Design: Show and Tell Series

Show & Tell: Kristin Rogers Brown

Above: Kristin Rogers Brown this Thursday at noon in room 320! 2000 SW 5th AVE

Let’s welcome Kristin Rogers Brown as she speaks with us about CREATIVE TENSIONS! including: strength + vulnerability, love + money, print + digital, and how to be a one-woman show. hint: you never are.

Kristin Rogers Brown joined Bitch Media as Art Director in March, 2010. Though her first love in design was print, she loves finding the right media for the message and believes in keeping a balance of form, function, and delight in all the details of her work whether it’s brand development, packaging, identity, or web design. In addition to designing Bitch, Kristin is a freelance designer, educator, and former vice president of AIGA Portland(American Institute of Graphic Arts). She has worked with sustainable design and design community initiatives for a variety of clients, and has been instrumental in work with AIGA’s SHIFT, sustainability team (established in 2008, now part of their social change project Design for Good), and Exploregon zine project; Worldstudio’s Urban Forest Project; and Design Week Portland.

Kristin serves as an assistant professor at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), where she runs the senior studio in the illustration department, moonlights in various communication and collaborative design courses, and mentors thesis students.

Born in Chicagoland, Kristin is a graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. When not designing, Kristin frequents waterparks, swoons for David Bowie, stalks jewelry designers and illustrators, attempts to sew, and runs or rides her bike around Portland. She is part insomniac, part narcoleptic, and quite possibly the messiest perfectionist ever.

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Show & Tell: Bijan Berahimi

Above: Please help us welcome Bijan Berahimi in person this Thursday at noon in room 320. See you at the Art Building (2000 SW 5th AVE). 

Above: Bijan in front of a TON of his work which he will be bringing on Thursday so you can experience it in REAL LIFE. 

Bijan Berahimi is a Portland (via Los Angeles) based graphic designer who received his BFA from CalArts in 2013. Shortly after graduating he relocated to Portland to work on the 2014 World Cup for Nike Soccer’s brand design team. There he worked to help define a visual language for Nike’s voice throughout the the world cup across multiple global campaigns and special projects.

Shortly after leaving Nike, Bijan founded FISK, a contemporary art and design gallery in Portland with colleague Michael Spoljaric. The space hosts a variety of shows, talks, and performances. Berahimi is a general instigator for the development and integration of design in his community. While searching for a medium between concept and form within his own practice, Berahimi explores a wide range of mediums that allow him to further understand aspects of materiality through the combination of design work—based on transparency and clarity—and explorative image-making inspired by his surroundings.

Bijan currently operates his own studio practice working for clients both in the cultural and commercial fields. His practice takes the form of commercial projects, art direction, book design, record packaging, type design, image making, design education, curating, editing, and printing. As well as a personal art practice in the form of artist books, objects, prints, collages, and drawings.

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Show & Tell: Justin Morris from Kamp Grizzly

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Come and join us this Thursday, November 5th at Noon in room 320 (2000, SW 5th AVE) to welcome Justin Morris for the sixth installment of Show & Tell this term!

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Photo of Justin Morris by Wesley Verhoeve

Justin Morris is a Portland based Art Director/Designer currently at Kamp Grizzly. After receiving his BFA from Tyler School of Art Morris later moved to Portland Oregon and has since created a number of art experiences around the city, Adventures in Milk (2012), Mad Science (2013), Goodness Workroom (2014) and Intramural (2014). Inspired by humor, identity and the human experience Justin experiments with a number of materials to create work with a relatable message.

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Show & Tell: Zech Bard, Head Writer at Instrument

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Zech Bard
writes small sentences for big brands. He is currently the head writer at digital creative studio Instrument and that means words come out of him for money, most recently for Levi’s, Google, Patagonia, The Met and The Daily Beast. He is also a Wieden+Kennedy’s 12 school alumni.

Talk starts at noon, October 29th in room 320 (2000 SW 5th AVE). Hope to see you there!

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Show & Tell: Tina Essmaker from The Great Discontent

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Born and raised in Southeastern Michigan, Tina Essmaker is an editor, publisher, and writer, who now lives, works, and plays in New York City. Tina is a partner at Wayward Wild(W/W), an NYC-based creative studio that publishes original content for the web, print, film, and other mediums, and cofounder and editor-in-chief of The Great Discontent (TGD), a magazine featuring interviews on beginnings, creativity, and risk.

Above: Editor In Chief Tina Essmaker is visiting us this Thursday at noon in room 320!

Prior to pursuing creative work, Tina earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Wayne State University and spent twelve years working with runaway and homeless youth. After moving to New York in April 2012, she transitioned into freelance copywriting and later joined Crush & Lovely, where she worked as community manager for a year. Since August 2011, Tina has published The Great Discontent alongside Ryan Essmaker, her partner in business and life.

Above: Tina Essmaker will be conducting a live video chat with us from NYC.

TGD began as on online magazine and has grown to include a print counterpart and short film series and evolved from a passion project to a well-loved brand, embraced by readers worldwide. In January 2014, Tina took the leap and left her day job to focus on TGD and other content-related projects via No Little Plans, her studio with Ryan. Nine months later, in October 2014, Tina and Ryan joined forces with longtime friend and colleague, Brad Smith, forming Wayward Wild with an ambitious vision for the future of TGD and beyond.

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