FIR NW Event: Diversity in Advertising

Posted on May 28th, 2018 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Join Fir NW for an interactive exhibit and panel discussion on diversity in advertising featuring panelists from Wieden+Kennedy, Amusement Park, Red&Co., and more. Presented by FIR NW, the student run ad agency at Portland State. Visit for details. FB registration HERE!


Fast Pitch!

Posted on May 28th, 2018 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

The Portland Advertising Federation is hosting their annual Fast Pitch Event on June 8th. Taking place at your very own Karl Miller Center, this event is for students who are about to graduate and embark the journey of the job hunt.
Organized by two recent graduates, we know more than anyone that getting that first job is hard, and getting honest feedback is even harder. Fast Pitch is designed to alleviate both of those problems by giving students an easy-in with local professionals.
For $10 students get to spend an hour chatting with local advertising professionals getting one-on-one face time, showing off their book, and making an impression. It’s all about building connections and giving soon-to-be-grads a way to dip into the local advertising scene. Register HERE!
We have representation from every profession, so whether they’re an art director, designer, artist, or something in-between, students of every discipline should be able to connect with someone relevant to their future job. Most of all, this is about feedback. Students can show off all of their recent work, hone their pitches, and adjust their books based on honest feedback from someone with real experience.

Show & Tell: Bijan Berahemi

Posted on May 28th, 2018 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

It’s the last Show & Tell of the school year! This Thursday, say hello to the incredibly talented Bijan Berahimi! Let’s see you all at noon this Thursday in room 320!

Bijan Berahimi is the Director of FISK.

Bijan is a designer based in Portland, Oregon. He graduated with a BFA in graphic design from the California Institute of the Arts in 2013. He founded FISK here in 2009. From 2014–16 he ran FISK Gallery with Michael Spoljaric on 3636 N Mississippi Ave. Bijan was the first designer-in-residence at Facebook HQ in 2016. He has done work for: Nike, Facebook, Uniqlo, Airbnb, Rihanna, Tom Petty, Jordan Brand, Portland Trailblazers, GOOD Magazine, University of Oregon, CalArts, Beacon Sound, Plazm, Garrett Markenson Reverie, and Ariana Delawari.


Portland State Graphic Design FRESH! Senior Portfolio Show!

Posted on May 28th, 2018 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

It’s time for the Spring 2018 edition of PSUGD’s FRESH! On June 12th, you are invited to the fabulous Custom Blocks as 41 soon to be grads takes over this huge space with their work!

They are so excited to share and show their work with you all!

If you are looking to work with one of our FRESH Grads, register here! (registration is required). If you are a current student, please attend our friends & family hour from 4:30 to 5:30 (no registration required). 

Say hello to:
Aaron Secrist
Alec van Staveren
Alex Cooper
Anya Gearhart
Ben Boro
Ben Horton
Billy Corona
Brenda Madrigal
Brooke Lewis
Chloe Kendall
Ciera Tague
Claire Trang
Damaris Dusciuc
Eileen Ewing
Elea Davison
Euri Oh
Heidi St. Clair
India Myers
James Casey
Joel Ruffier
Jon Cannon
Jordan Salazar
Kady Fugere
Kyle Charlson
Laken Wright
Lauren Klinkhammer
Luke Acevedo
Max Wayt
Michelle Parent
Mimi Zink
Mirela Sabeva
Nick Koza
Nicole Chiang
Paige Landis
Rian Long
Sarah Markstaller
Skylar Nguyen
Skyler Weissenfluh
Stephanie Gao
Tinta Lio
Violet Reed

Visit our event site —>

Big thanks to our sponsors Custom Blocks, Half Court Studio, Rogue Ales, Coffee/Beer, Sizzle Pie, and New Seasons.


Summer and Fall Registration News!

Posted on May 21st, 2018 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Above: Summer and Fall Registration has begun!

Some quick updates about a few of the summer and fall classes on our schedule that will hopefully help in planning.

First Year Students:
This summer we are offering a section of 120, 121 and 210 (Hello to new first year students who might have just joined this list! Also, if you are looking for the link I shared during Co-Lab last week, here it is! If you are sticking around this summer and haven’t taken 120 and/or 121 please do this so you can go through the review next spring. If you are confused by ANY of this shoot me an email at

Second Year Students:
Remember, you will not be able to register for upper division 300 level GD classes until you pass the review. Don’t stress, you will get a seat in these classes when you pass the review.

Third and Fourth Year Students:
Yes, both sections of 470 are full, hop on the wait list if you are needing this class, but also remember we are offering 470 in the winter and spring. If you are around this summer and want to take a rad summer class that will also count for your 470 requirement, check out Nicole Lavelle‘s 299/399 Design Inquiry and Narrative course. This WILL count for your 470 requirement.

We have a section of 472 portfolio running this summer and fall. Remember, this class should be the last class that you take in the GD program. 472 always runs in the summer, fall, and spring.

Hope this helps a bit and if you are still confused by the classes that you should be taking, or what your DARS is saying, just zoom me an email at