PSU Graphic Design: Typography

protest signmaking workshop 1.07.11

protest signmaking workshop 1.07.11


Friday, January 7. 2-5pm at Field Work (1101 SW Jefferson Ave.)

North South Portland is a project that is currently underway at Field Work, a PSU art space in downtown Portland. Artists (and graphic design students and alum!) Justin Flood, Sarah Baugh and Nicole Lavelle invite you to help shape the project with your input and collaboration through a workshop co-sponsored by the Friends of Graphic Design.

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Posted in Events, FoGD Student Group, PSU Students, Typography

PSU GD GRAD : Ben Mulkey on graduate school in the UK

Who I am: My name is Ben Mulkey, I'm a designer / writer and PSU graduate. 

What this blog post is about: My experience attending grad school on a Masters of Art course in the UK.

As told through a series of subject headings which substitute the abbreviated words in Masters of Art (MA) to form new two-word combinations that allude to my experiences while studying abroad.



Posted in Grad Schools, PSU Graduates, Typography

PSU GD Student Ben Parsons is a finalist in the Design Sponge Typeface Competition!

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Go Ben Parsons Go! Ben entered his typeface into the Design Sponge Typeface Competition. Ben created the typeface and promotional materials for Kate Bingaman Burt's Type One class. Go Vote for Ben's Black Toast Creation! Polls close tomorrow (the 16th!) 

Posted in Competitions, PSU Students, Typography

Type Guru/Genius Matthew Carter Wins MacArthur Fellowship ($500,000 Whoa!)


"My job is to make type readable," says 2010 MacArthur Fellow, Matthew Carter. Carter was awared the extremely prestegious MacArther Fellowship which awards him $500,000 over the next five years. The grant is a no strings attached funding which will help the 72 year old continue his typographic research.

Read more over at Unbeige. Learn more about Matthew Carter HERE and HERE!

Posted in Inspiration, Typography

POTATO SANS / POTATO SERIF : Dispatch from Matt Livengood’s Typography Class!

Created with flickr slideshow.


Q: Why on Earth would you be asked to bring a sharp kitchen knife to your typography class? 

A: Without that sharp knife, you can't carve potato? Obviously. Duh. 

Earlier this Spring, my typography students engaged in the very, very serious art of creating block prints from potatoes. We began the term with some reading and discussion of historic typographic technologies: moveable type, letterpress, etc. But in order to put into action the things we were examining, I thought it would be good for the class to get their hands dirty (read: starchy) by making their own blocks of typography for printing. 

Certainly, carving letters out of a potato isn't quite the same as what the old masters used to do; potatoes are drastically different than steel blocks and lead slugs. But the basic concept is the same: you want to produce a raised letterform on the flat surface of a block that can be inked and then used for printing that letterform on paper. What the class did with their potatoes required skill and patience, yes, but after spending a good deal of time and attention on their potato print blocks, I wondered aloud, "Can you imagine doing this same carving of letterforms in steel for, say, a letter of type measuring 6 points?" (We were working in 180 pt. type.) I think we could all agree that such an activity was

Posted in In The Classroom, PSU Students, Typography