MXR! Create & Connect!

Posted on May 27th, 2019 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Celebrate Comma’s launch! Connect with Pros! Nike! W+K! and more. Meet your BIPOC creative community. Enjoy music, art making and refreshments!

A new initiative organized by PSUGD students & faculty, Comma seeks to amplify representation and connection for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) in the Portland creative community. Priority is given to people who identify as BIPOC, allies welcome!



It’s time for FRESH!

Posted on May 27th, 2019 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

You’re invited to the portfolio showcase for a new wave of designers! On June 11th Portland State’s Graphic Design program is proud to introduce its Spring 2019 graduates who will be showcasing their creative work. Take a deep dive with us into our process, projects, and passion for design.

Join us for FRESH WAVES. Spring 2019.


Come out and meet 57 of Portland’s newest designers.

These grads can’t wait to meet you!

Friends & Family Hour: 4:30-5:30 pm*
Design Professionals & Community: 5:00-9:00 pm

*Registration not required for friends and family.

Beverages provided by Rogue Ales


Designers of Color Meeting

Posted on Apr 29th, 2019 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

It’s time for another Designers of Color meeting! This Thursday from 1 to 2:30 in room 290 come and join up to talk about plans for this term and to also watch Beyonce’s Homecoming!


Be Honest FAQ!

Posted on Apr 29th, 2019 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Thank you all so much for being a part of Be Honest! We have more than 140 people participating this year…the biggest turnout ever! Also, we rounded up some info about what to expect and what you can do to help out.

Here is a breakdown of how things will go the day of the event:

Date: Saturday, May 4th
Time: See schedule below
Location: Wieden + Kennedy, 224 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Facebook Event Page: Share with your friends/family!

Eventbrite Invite: Share with your friends/family who are not on facebook!

Schedule & Logistics

12:00pm: Set up Volunteers arrive
2:00pm: Participants Arrive to set up – Tables will be assigned by a lottery system.
4:00pm: All participant tables need to be set up
5:00–9:00pm: Student Showcase
9:00–10:00pm: ALL PARTICIPANTS help with tear down

During the event we will be serving beer and snacks for our guests. We’ll also have a Good Market selling student work and a general information/welcome table for PSUGD.

We will not have access to power supply or wifi, so make sure you’re charged up and prepared if you plan to show any work on your tablet or laptop!

Parking in the Pearl is a pain, so carpool, use public transportation, or have someone give you a ride.

We will be responsible for total clean up of the space, so we would like to have LOTS of volunteers for tear down/clean up. Sign up here!


Each student will have a 3ft wide by 1.5 ft deep area to display their work. It’s not much, so please plan ahead and carefully consider what you want to show. Consider how you can stack items vertically using boxes or other items to elevate work, as well as hang items from the front of your table. Take a look at previous years as to how people displayed work on their tables: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Full table size is 6 ft wide, which means they’re split in two, which means it will be smart to plan with your table partner.

Bring your own materials to decorate your table. Remember to bring tape, binder clips, string, etc. Whatever you think you might need to set up. Try doing a table “dress rehearsal” at home! Many participants also choose to make business cards, buttons or other giveaways for our guests.

Dress Code / Etiquette

  • Less formal than an interview, more formal than everyday. Wear something that will make you feel GOOD!
  • Wear comfortable shoes! You’ll be standing most of the night…and bring snacks and water too!

During the Event

  • Be friendly and kind!
  • Be prepared to talk about your work!
  • Some past Be Honest students have suggested you bring in process work or sketch books. Ask specific questions about your work to get feedback.


  • Everyone should volunteer for a shift if possible.
  • Ask your friends who are not participating to volunteer for security/other during the event.
  • We will need production volunteers a few days prior to the event.
  • We will be responsible for total clean up of the space, so we would like to have LOTS of volunteers for tear down/clean up.
  • Sign up here!

Are You Ready Checklist?

  • Do you have takeaways? (business cards, post cards, prints, buttons, other super creative things!)
  • Is your website up to date?
  • Are you prepared to discuss your work/Have specific questions to receive feedback?

At this point you’ve worked really hard so have FUN and meet the great people that make up Portland’s creative community!

Other Stuff

Share this event and invite people! Would love to have a super turnout!

Once again, thank you for participating! If you have any questions, please email them to ASAP.



Design Week Portland Open House! PSUGD!

Posted on Apr 1st, 2019 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Above: Let’s show off our program during Design Week!

Save the date! April 9th we will be opening our doors to the Portland Design Community for our Design Week Portland Open House! We will be sharing work, demos, releasing the newest Annex Zine and having the grand opening of our new student lounge Creative Suite (AB 290).

Above: introducing Creative Suite!

Over spring break, a team of students and I have been putting together a really exciting project: a new A+D community hub and makerspace in room 290 of the Art Building. Think of it as a newer, bigger, less green version of the old Green Room, with just about everything students might need to get their work looking great for both their classes and their portfolios.

What’s in it? Quite a lot!

  • A 24″ guillotine trimmer (with a sturdy wooden arm!)
  • A 24×36″ self-healing cutting mat, with a variety of sturdy rulers and a heavy-duty OLFA snap-blade
  • 2 long-arm booklet staplers
  • The W+K lighting setup that used to be AB 160, renamed the One Hour Photo booth! You and your students can sign up to reserve it an hour at a time here:
  • CORE’s photo supplies that had previously been in the room, including a backdrop and freestanding lights
  • A newly reorganized design library, and a new zine library
  • Lounge and work space, with both couches and tables
  • Soft LED lighting for calm, focused work that uses way less power than the bright fluorescent overhead lights (you can still turn them on if needed, though)
  • Two murals!
  • A lovely tea station, with a sink and cups!

Thanks go out to the space’s design team (part of A+D Projects), who not only figured out what they as students needed from a place like this over the past few months, but have spent their time off this break cleaning, painting, and carrying very awkward, heavy furniture up the stairs: Sloane Ackerman, Catie Cooper, Lisa Kohn, and Amy Puckett. A huge thanks, too, to faculty Sean Schumacher who helped usher along this project!

Above: See what 18 PSUGD Design Students do to the AB Lobby Gallery during the month of April!

Also, we are welcoming a new crew of 18 sophomores, juniors and senior PSUGD students as they embark on a month long adventure as part of POP-UP PROCESS. How will 18 PSUGD students activate this space? workshops? podcasts? band practice? lectures? sewing classes? collaborative quilt making? Come and find out! Pop-up Process is happening in the AB Gallery and we are sure it will be hopping during Open House!

Hope to see you on April 9th from 4 to 7!