PSU Graphic Design: Sustainability

Funded Internships Through Trash Talk and the Living Lab!


Guest Post by Chris North
Hey incredible thinkers and makers:
I am contacting you all because I need your input and/or your involvement. ++ there is an opportunity for

Posted in Community, Sustainability


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If you are on the print track you need 471 to graduate. This class will count for your 471 requirement. If you are planning on graduating in the winter and are print track you MUST take 471 before taking 472. This class also counts towards your upper division requirements as well. WIN/WIN!

Posted in Community, In The Classroom, PSU Students, Registration Information, Sustainability

Solutions Generator: Use your design thinking to improve PSU


You are invited to a Student Info Session for the Solutions Generator program!
Solutions Generator is a leadership-service program that provides funding to teams of students to design, implement, and assess sustainability projects on campus and in the community.

Come learn how

Posted in Extracurricular Projects, Sustainability

New Summer Class!

An interdisciplinary approach to designing for sustainable communities

Summer 2013 (4 credits)
CRN: 82304
8 weeks
T/TH 9:00 am -12:50 pm
Instructors: Chris North and Callie Jones

41__JakeTrudellMaking the invisible visible with impact. By student Jake Trudell Fall 2012

Positively impact people and communities within the Portland Metro area. Students will participate in an interdisciplinary approach to develop proposals for solutions that consider environment, place and engagement through systems based thinking, solution based processes and design focused outcomes. Coursework will include fieldwork, investigation, readings, design colloquium and systems thinking practices and application. This course is open to students of all disciplines. An interest or background in sustainability and communication is beneficial.

Helping kids safely walk to school; the kit (left) and the workshop (right). By student Joe Trussell Fall 2012


About the instructors:

Chris North, Adjunct Faculty in the School of Art and Design and Sustainability Scholar. North believes a true entrepreneurial education experience is to turn the tide of how we design, resource and collaborate on current issues. North has presented academic sessions at the Annual International Conference on Business and Sustainability and her students have presented projects at the AIGA Portland SHIFT series on contemporary sustainability. Website:

Callie Jones is Adjunct Faculty in the School of Art and Design. Callie

Posted in Registration Information, Sustainability, Upcoming class for registration

Show & Tell with Alissa Walker + Student Good City Presentations!

Alissa Walker is our last Show & Tell of the quarter!

Please join us for our LAST Show & Tell of the quarter! Let’s welcome Alissa Walker!

Who is Alissa? In her own words from her website:

You can find my writing at GOODFast CompanyDwellSunsetPrintThe Architect’sNewspaperLAWeeklyMetropolisWiredDesignObserverCore77,
CoudalReadyMadeEyeHOW, and even at two magazines that don’t exist anymore, I.D. and STEP Inside Design. I’m a contributing writer for Fast Company’s new design site, Co.Design, and a contributing editor at GOOD, where I write the column Design Is a Verb. I’ve also written for the Los Angeles Times, but it wasn’t about design, it was about Star Wars. From time to time, I’ve been tapped to pinch-hit for the restaurant and nightlife blog Eater LA. And in 2008 I spent two incredible months pounding the pavement in New York while researching and writing the first of a new series of walking guides, City Walks Architecture: New York, which was published by the fine people at Chronicle Books in 2009.

This Show & Tell will be happening at ADX on March 14th starting at 6:30pm. This event is also happening along with GOOD Ideas for Portland Student Presentations by Nicole Lavelle’s Design Thinking class.

In 2010, she was named as one of seven USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellows for her writing on design and urbanism.

Go to her blog and check out the other wonderful things she has her hands in. Amazing!

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