Author Archives: Sean Schumacher

Extra, extra! The Daily Dollar is here to help with scholarships!

The College of the Arts (COTA) awards over 100 scholarships annually to new and returning students, and PSU awards even more. Complete the FAFSA and one online scholarship application (either undergraduate or graduate) to be considered for the many scholarships for which you are eligible.
Apply by March 1st through the university scholarship portal at
Need more help? Stop by one of our three info and help sessions—faculty will be there to assist you through the process!

Promo by Corinne O’Connor 

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Meet the candidates for Assistant Professor in Graphic Design with a Focus on Emerging Technologies!

Throughout April, the PSU School of Art + Design is welcoming candidates for the role of Assistant Professor in Graphic Design with a Focus on Emerging Technologies! You’ll be able to hear about our candidates’ work, teaching, and perspective on the future of graphic design. Then, you’ll be able to share your feedback about our candidates. Visit at noon to see the talk!

Please no photos or social media postings; candidates’ names and the contents of their talks are confidential.

Five candidates will be visiting PSU virtually during Spring term. Our lectures will be held at noon on:

Monday, April 5 at noon
Wednesday, April 7 at noon
Monday, April 12 at noon
Monday, April 19 at noon
Wednesday, April 21 at noon

Posted in Blog, Events, PSU Faculty

Be Honest 2021: Full Schedule!

Welcome to the Event Schedule Page for Be Honest 2021! We have lots of fun workshops for February 26th – Check them out!

11:00 – 11:30

Be Honest Warm Up: Speed Dating
Hosted by Quinn Carroll
Join The Zoom Here

If you could tell your younger self one thing about the PSUGD program that you didn’t know earlier, what would it be? Here’s your chance to help some of the Portland State Underclassmen understand the program and establish a sense of community within the graphic design program! Join us for some small group “speed dating” sessions to kick-off Be Honest. Each “date” will be 7 minutes in total before you will be moved to a different pairing. Ask questions, make friends and have fun!

12:00 – 12:30

Firsts: A First-Year Design Student Forum
Hosted by Sean Schumacher
Watch on PSUGD’s YouTube Channel

For the first time ever, PSUGD has a freshman class! Join some of our talented DES 125 Show & Tell students (and their teacher Sean Schumacher) as the tables turn and they share their thoughts on what brought them to design, what it’s like to be starting school in a pandemic, and more.

12:30 – 1:00

No Skills Necessary
Hosted by Nia Musiba
Join the Zoom Here

No Skills Necessary is a virtual drawing and friend-making event! Join us over zoom for 30 minutes of channeling your inner-child and drawing whatever you want. No matter what you draw, it will earn a spot on the fridge!

Build Your Brand
Hosted by Gage Murrey
Participate on @psugd_behonest

Build Your Brand is a video workshop where students will learn foundational branding skills. Students will go through a series of workshops to get a start exploring self-branding and branding their designs. Come join in on the fun and learn some branding skills that will help you launch into your creative future!

1:00 – 1:30

Design Mash
Hosted by Macy Eiesland
Join the Zoom Here

Mansion-Attic-Shack-House…Remember MASH? Well, we’re going to change it to Design Mash for Be Honest! You’ll randomly generate a Format (Ex: Record), Theme (Ex: Cowboys), and typeface. From there you’ll actually put those things together to create a Mash Design! Have some fun and make something so silly that your friends will love!

Graphic Magic
Hosted by Abigail Wallhauser
Participate on @psugd_behonest

Graphic Magic is a directional workshop where you can learn to make your own mockups! Mockups can be a great tool when you know how to use them. Save money, save time, make mockups with help from Graphic Magic!

1:30 – 2:00

Hosted by Sean Schumacher and Kate Bingaman-Burt
Watch on PSUGD’s YouTube Channel

2:00 – 3:00

Typography Trivia Night
Hosted by COMMA
Register for the Game Here (Cap of 50 People)

Do you have top notch skills in typography? If you do, let’s put you to the test! Join us for a fun and special COMMA Type Trivia game… and you might even win a prize!

3:00 – 3:30

Hosted by Paris Fox
Watch on @psugd_behonest

Apollo XXMMI is an event about exploration, discovery, and connection. In our present moment, it can be incredibly difficult to get to know our fellow classmates through zoom meetings. How do we discover each other’s passions? What inspires our design work? Catch our Instagram Series on Friday, February 26th – featuring four upperclassmen who you’ll get to know a bit better. Find out about their passions, their interests, and how those come into play in their design work. See it for yourself on the @psugd_behonest Instagram this Friday!

3:30 – 4:00

Happy Hour: Menu Design Workshop
Hosted by Phoebe Jacques
Join the Zoom Here

Happy Hour is all about having fun, meeting new friends, and sharing! You’ll learn some layout tricks and then have the chance to design your own menu using your new skills! Let your creativity run wild with silly drink names, retro fonts, and vintage photos!
So grab a beverage and get ready to design! Cheers!

Posted in Be Honest, Events, News

Mentorship Care Package: Sophomore Portfolio Review 2020

The Summer Care Package: A summer gift for students from the Mentorship Team

As summer starts, the A+D Projects Mentorship team (Lily, Mel, Sparkman, and Harrison) have put together a ZIP file full of fun readings, activities, and more for you to work on. Whether you participated in the Review or are just looking for some activities, this is a great place to start!

Download the care package now! →

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Ebb & Flow

Ebb & Flow: It's all part of the process

The Ebb & Flow Project from student Whitney Mokler is an exploration into the relationship designers have with their work flow and creativity. Here you will find interviews with 18 different designers outlining their experiences, giving advice on how to cope with stress, and insights into finding creative/personal inspiration.

Posted in PSU Students