Show & Tell: Owen Jones!

Posted on Jan 22nd, 2018 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Owen Jones
is a creative agency, a design studio, a strategy practice, a writing lab, a content producer, a dev shop, and an experience curator. That is to say, we’re a brand agency, with the skills, experience, and people to help great brands do greater things. We are welcoming four PSUGD Alumni who work at Owen Jones to share their experiences with life after school and what it’s like to work for Owen Jones. Please join us on Thursday, January 25th at noon to welcome back Jessica Lyons, Norm McCuller, Megan Odell and Ethan Allen Smith!


Show & Tell: Rob Lewis + Collage Club!

Posted on Jan 16th, 2018 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Hey all! Come and meet Kamp Grizzly Art Director Rob Lewis as he shares one of his loves: Collage! Rob will kick off the event talking about collage techniques and then we will all dive in and start working on our own collages that will then be complied into a collaborative PSUGD Zine. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own favorite materials as well!

Rob Lewis is an Art Director at Portland based creative agency and studio Kamp Grizzly. He hates meetings, likes buying records just to look at the covers and can always tell when someone has moved something on his desk. Always.

Promo by James Casey


Show & Tell: ASHKAHN

Posted on Jan 8th, 2018 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

Above: Promo by James Casey

Welcome Back! We are kicking off the year by welcoming Ashkahn Shahparnia to Portland and to Show & Tell this Thursday at noon in room 320 (2000 SW 5th AVE). Free and open to the public. Bring your lunch and let’s welcome back the school year with a big hello to LA based Ashkahn!

Above: Ashkahn Shahparnia

ASHKAHN is the studio & company of artist, designer, illustrator, art director, director, stationery prince and all around bon vivant, Ashkahn Shahparnia. Ashkahn lives and works in Downtown Los Angeles. He loves bananas, margaritas, vintage cars, the color pink, Phil Collins and LOLing to name a few.
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Above: Ashkahn Greeting Cards

More about ASHKAHN:
The Ashkahn collection is a true reflection of the highly diverse background of it’s designer, Ashkahn Shahparnia. Part Iranian, part Japanese, part Filipino, raised in Redondo Beach and now Los Angeles based, Shahparnia’s creations blend various distinct influences with dynamic ingenuity. His work is an examination of the human condition. His collection imparts a bon vivant spirit, honest humor and an underlying hint of playful wit.

Above: Creative Direction for Young Blood Hawk

Upon earning a fine arts degree at Otis College of Art & Design, Shahparnia hit the ground running. Training under the likes of Shepard Fairey where he began his career in design- first in production, product design, then branding- laying the foundation to what has become a very well rounded background in the business. Prior to launching his own company, Shahparnia spent 4 years as the art director of Ubiquity Records in Newport Beach, where he designed album covers and oversaw all branding.

Above: Summer UP! For Target.

In August of 2011, Ashkahn launched a line of fine greeting cards, quickly becoming one of the stationery’s most celebrated talents to emerge since Hallmark. His collection was quickly praised by legend, Martha Stewart and picked up by high profile stores such as Colette in Paris, Fred Segal in Japan and American Two Shot in New York. Since then, Ashkahn has collaborated with powerhouse brands like JCrew, Nordstroms, Urban Outfitters and Nasty Gal. In 2013 Ashkahn was nominated as “Rising Star” by the Louie Awards which celebrates the world’s best stationery designers. He developed a cult following and created a unique niche, consistently showing collections of beautifully printed, unapologetic designs which are as honest and funny as they are unique and intelligent.

Shahparnia is fascinated by love, loss, forgiveness, celebration, open bars, coconuts, palm trees, the blues, tiki culture, sushi, centerfolds, beer, pajamas, hugs, wide smiles, long walks on the beach, sunsets and bananas.


Show & Tell: AfterAll

Posted on Nov 14th, 2017 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

This Thursday we are welcoming hybrid branding agency/film production company AfterAll! This talk is free and open to the public

Joanna Bean Martin took ballet, modern dance, horseback riding, choir, diving, cello, softball, volleyball, and swimming before leaving Berkeley at 18 to study art in New York City. There she moved seven times in five years and had twice as many jobs. After earning a Communications Design degree from Pratt in 2004, she moved west to Los Angeles. Again, Joanna tried many things–she worked at Commune as an Art Director, BCBG as a textile designer, a wardrobe assistant for Gnarls Barkley and Cassie, was the Visual Director at YAYA (now The Reformation) and launched the art department at Forever 21 and lead their internal rebrand. In 2011, Joanna and her husband decided to move north to Portland with their young son and launched AfterAll—a hybrid branding agency/film production company. They have since had three daughters and continue to collaborate on work spanning brand strategy and design for emerging fashion, beauty and lifestyle to multi-million dollar film productions for global brands.


Show & Tell: Graphic Means

Posted on Nov 7th, 2017 by Kate Bingaman-Burt

YES! It’s the PSUGD premier of Graphic Means!! Our very own Briar Levit has worked on this film for the last few years and has been traveling around the world screening and talking about it. Now, it’s our turn! Come out and celebrate Graphic Means and Briar! THERE WILL BE POPCORN!

It’s been roughly 30 years since the desktop computer revolutionized the way the graphic design industry works. For decades before that, it was the hands of industrious workers, and various ingenious machines and tools that brought type and image together on meticulously prepared paste-up boards, before they were sent to the printer.

Graphic Means, explores graphic design production of the 1950s through the 1990s—from linecaster to photocomposition, and from paste-up to PDF.