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

Posted on Apr 5th, 2021 by Sean Schumacher

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


Be Honest 2021: Full Schedule!

Posted on Feb 20th, 2021 by Sean Schumacher

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!


Be Honest 2020 FAQ

Posted on May 8th, 2020 by Be Honest

Be Honest is the annual PSUGD student portfolio showcase! Every spring, sophomores, juniors, and soon-to-be graduating seniors come together to show off their work to professionals and the community at large. It’s a valuable opportunity for graphic design students to gain experience presenting their work and engaging with the community. It’s also an opportunity for creative professionals to check out all the great things coming out of PSUGD!

This year’s Be Honest may be 100% online, but not to worry—it’s still 100% PSUGD. Got questions about how things are going to work this year, or what Be Honest is? We’ve compiled some of our most frequent ones below! Check it out!

A Be Honest profile card

Can sophomores participate?
Of course! Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are all encouraged to take part!

I’ve heard we need to make a “booth” for Be Honest if we participate. What does that mean?
The Be Honest website will feature student profiles that look like the image to the right so people can find out more about you and the work you make. This “booth” (really a profile) is just our hub for connecting visitors with you! You don’t have to do anything to make it except fill out the sign up form.

Is this meant to be a portfolio!?
No! The work sample uploads are not going to serve as a portfolio of work, you should have links going to where your work is shining! Images are going to be fairly small so don’t include things that need to be read or have a lot of information in them. Save the detailed work for your website, or one on ones! See below for more info about image dimensions.

What will my profile look like?
Like this →

But… my work isn’t ready!
Yes, it is! Show it off.

When is the last day to apply and upload my work?
Friday, May 8th by the end of the day!

Do I need to have a portfolio website?
Nope! You don’t need to include a website if you don’t have one, but you can include your Instagram or any other social media if you’d like—even your LinkedIn!

My website is under construction! Can I link it when I register and keep it private for now?
Of course! We can’t add images or links after you sign up, so feel free to submit any information that will be ready by the event now.

Images & Sizing

What kind of files can I submit?
JPEG, PNG, and GIF please! (720px by 720px). Keep file size as small as possible. No PDF, MOV or MP4/M4V files plz 🙂

What are the size restraints of the images for the profile?
All images will be square, 720x720px, but will look smaller on most screens. Images not submitted as squares will be cropped to fit.

Can I submit a GIF as an image?
Yes, please make sure it is square (720px). Please also make sure it is small enough—we would prefer no images files over 250K.

Do I need to make a PDF of my work? How do I link a PDF?
Please no PDFs! Only images of your work may be submitted. If you participate in the professional one-on-one portion of the event, feel free to share a PDF there if you like.


I have to work the day of Be Honest, can I still participate?
Yes! You do not have to actively be present to have a presence at Be Honest. Submit work for your profile, and have links to all of your external sites or social media.

Do I have to sign up for one-on-ones with design professionals?
Nope! One-on-ones are completely optional, but we encourage you to sign up if you can! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for networking.

So, where do I sign up to meet with a design professional?
A sign up notification is headed your way soon! Please be on the look out for when sign ups are open! You will have the opportunity to sign up to talk with many different professions for 15 minutes. We can’t guarantee to match you with exactly the person you want, but we’ll try!

So, I signed up to speak with a design professional. How do I fill the time I have with them?
You can choose to fill the time any way you’d like! You could ask for feedback on specific projects or use your 15 minutes with them as time to ask about them! This is an amazing opportunity to speak with someone who has experience in the industry you’re studying to be a part of! Research the people you’re going to speak with and the company they work for.

Talking to professionals make me uncomfortable!
It is okay to be nervous! Remember, professionals are fun and friendly, just like you. Take a deep breathe and relax, they are here to help you, and to answer your questions. Here are some example questions to get you started: “Do you have any advice for a Junior in design school?” “What does a day working at _____ look like?” “What made you interested in design?” “Can I get your feedback on this project I am working on?”

  • Remember to:
    • introduce yourself and your grade.
    • If you share your work, share your thinking behind the work.
    • Thank them for their time!

Have more burning questions?
We’ve got answers! Email any of the following people and they’ll get back to you asap!


Be Honest 2020 Save the Date!

Posted on Apr 27th, 2020 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Mark your calendars and get ready for Be Honest on May 15, 2020

We love what PSUGD students have to offer, and nothing will stop us from showing the world how great they are. This is why Be Honest is still happening this year, online!
That’s right, Online!

By hosting Be Honest online, each participating PSUGD student will have a unique opportunity to showcase all of their hard work to an even larger audience of people. They will even get the chance sign up to meet with professionals in the community to get feedback on their work.

The Be Honest team is hard at work, building a website that will allow each Participating student to have the opportunity to display their favorite work, portfolio website, LinkedIn, Social Media, and more!

More information about Be Honest 2020 will be coming your way soon!


Seller Society Site is UP! Let’s Join!

Posted on Apr 27th, 2020 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Join the PSUGD Seller Society!
We want to promote and help sell your art + design work! We’re working to create a website that lists PSUGD makers with links to their website, instagram, and shops.

We won’t be having an IRL Good Market this year, but we will be having a promo campaign to drive people to your buy your work, so be sure to be representing on Seller Society!

With a few short sentences and a couple quick pics of your work, you will have a profile up in no time! Check out how excellent the site is looking! Come and join!

Join the Seller Society today at and email any questions to