PSU Graphic Design: 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! 

The Studio Collective // ART 399 004 (15966) M/W 2-4:50

Designers love to make.
We love to make things better. Better = smarter.

That’s where the Studio Collective comes in.

TSC is a framework for design thinking and making smart solutions that consider our community, our shared re- sources and the realities of our economic culture.

In this studio we design opportunities.

Portfolios are filled with experimentation, fresh thinking and added value.

One project. Many solutions.

The Art + Design building will be our subject and our client. We’ll be looking at how we make—what drives us, what fuels us. And when the making is over we’ll discover new ways to creatively use the remains of the day.

ART 399 004 (15966)
Fall 2013 • M/W 2:00- 4:50
contact Chris North

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  you can benefit from the program!

  • Receive between $750 to $1500 in project funding for expenses
  • As a student and group member,  receive a $600 Educational Leadership & Service Award
  • Learn how to create an effective proposal for future grant writing
  • Students will gain experience in leadership and team building
  • Students will have the opportunity to network with community members and
  • Students will develop skills in facilitation and presentation

Information Session
Time: 12p – 1p, Monday, June 03, 2013
Location: Smith Memorial Building, Room 327
If you have any questions, please contact Nichole Martin (

Solutions Generator is a leadership-service program that funds students to design and implement holistic sustainability projects in the campus and community.
Supported by Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions thanks to generous funding from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.

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’s interest in working with communities to promote equitable, livable neighborhoods led her to join the board of her SE neighborhood association and form The Community Lab. The Community Lab works on various projects for SE communities within Portland Metro that need strategic problem solving and design partnering. The Community Lab has been working with HACE, a civic ecology group in SE Portland, as well as with her neighborhood association on various projects.

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!

Posted in Community, Show and Tell Series, Sustainability

PSU Graphic Design X GOOD Magazine = GOOD Ideas for Cities!

We are pleased to announce that PSU GD is the host for GOOD Inc.’s GOOD Ideas for Cities event in Portland!

GOOD Ideas for Cities is a GOOD Design initiative that taps creative problem solvers to tackle real urban challenges and present solutions at live events. Similar events have taken place in New York and San Francisco. Because of a partnership with CEOs for Cities and a grant from ArtPlace, the program has recently been able to expand to cities across the country. And Portland is their first stop.

The live event will take place on February 16 at Ziba Design in Portland.

How will it work?
Local creative teams will be paired with civic leaders, and in partnership, work to devise innovative solutions for pressing urban challenges. At the event, they will present their creative solutions for specific challenges relating to the design of cities. Areas of consideration may include transportation, water, urban gardening, neighborhood issues, public participation and more.

Creative teams are encouraged to apply NOW! The application deadline is December 14. By the new year, we will announce the creative teams and they can get to work to prepare for the February event.

Why did GOOD decide to partner with PSU’s Graphic Design program?
The questions and concepts that drive this series of events align with the topics that we will tackle in Design Thinking, a special seminar course that will take place this winter.

The class will integrate with the February event and use the second half of the term to identify and devise solutions for urban challenges. The final project for the class will be a GOOD-style evening of public presentations, this time with student teams and live feedback from a panel of civic leaders and creative design practitioners.

Students, faculty and alumni are encouraged to apply for the GOOD event in February. We’d love to have some representation from the smart, innovative bunch we have here at PSU.

Have questions? You can ask Nicole Lavelle, who is reachable at Or follow GOOD Ideas For Cities on Twitter at @IdeasforCIties.

Posted in Community, Events, In The Classroom, Press, Sustainability