Letters by the Bay is happening Spring 2020! A 3-day typography experience in San Francisco with a focus on design history, book design and lettering!

Posted on Jan 27th, 2020 by Sean Schumacher

Letters by the Bay

A 3-day typography experience in San Francisco with a focus on design history, book design and lettering.

PSUGD takes on San Francisco in this 3-day trip during Spring term 2020 filled with hands-on workshops, a deep dive into the Letterform Archive, an exploration of book arts, type design, and a tour of one of the U.S.’s most prominent publishing houses, Chronicle Books.


Melissa Delzio (Portland Design History, Meldel)

A selection of typefaces by James Edmondson and OH NO Type Co


The Letterform Archive
We will spend a day at the Letterform Archive (LA), touring, conducting our own
research and participating in a lettering workshop. LA hosts a curated collection of over 50,000 items related to lettering, typography, calligraphy, and graphic design, spanning thousands of years of history. It is a nonprofit organization that offers hands-on access to important historic works and is a center for education and research.

Lettering Workshop with James Edmondson
Letterform Archive is hosting a workshop titled, Lettering Intensive with James Edmondson especially for PSUGD students! James is a type designer who founded OH no Type Company, a foundry specializing in fonts for display use. In this fast and furious intensive, students will learn sketching skills, core principles of letterforms and spacing, and a variety of other tips and tricks to make their hand lettering shine!

Chronicle Books Tour
PSUGD has been invited to Chronicle Books to learn the history of the lauded
independent publisher and hear directly from designers about the process of bringing a manuscript to life visually. Chronicle Books is known for their stellar design of children’s books, cookbooks, gift books, anthologies, etc.

San Francisco Center for the Book
San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB) is dedicated to exploring the artistry and history of the book through the craft of letterpress printing, bookbinding, and other book arts. On our visit, we will tour the facility and participate in a letterpress workshop called: Group Broadside with Names where participants will each get to set their name with type from our collection and then combine it all together and print a group broadside to commemorate the day!


Arrive in San Francisco early Friday morning or late Thursday night. Student is responsible for booking their own flight.

Friday, May 1

1pm / San Francisco Center for the Book
SFCB will host a 2-hour tour and workshop
where students participate in a printing project:
Group Broadside with Names.

3:30pm / Chronicle Books
Tour Chronicle Books and hear directly from
designers about their book design process.

Saturday, May 2

9:30am / Letterform Archive
LA hosts a 90 min introduction tour, then
students have an hour for independent research.
lunch break

2pm / Letterform Archive Workshop
Lettering Intensive with James Edmondson

Sunday, May 3

Gallery visit to SFMoMA (tour/exhibit TBD)

Sunday evening: Travel back to PDX


Class Fees:
$220 per student for the workshops, museum entry and supplies.

Airfare, transit, food and lodging is the responsibility of the student. Instructor will negotiate a group discount at a nearby hotel.

Info Sessions:
Excited? Curious? Have questions? Join us at one of two info sessions to learn more and meet the instructor:

Thu, Feb 6
1pm – 2pm (after Show & Tell)
AB 320

Wed, Feb 12
11am – 12pm
AB 320

Or email:


A few spots left in Summer class!

Posted on May 30th, 2013 by briar


Craft of Professional Practice
Join Precious Bugarin this summer in exploring and learning professional methods and techniques in executing your ideas in print form. We will have an exciting term of demos, hands-on exercises, field trips and class visits from a wide variety of creative professionals.

Our lineup so far!

Erik Erikson of:

Skype session from book design master Sonya Dyakova:

Print tour with Brown Printing

Pattern repeat-making demo from grad Krista Messer


Some of the things you will learn:
Book Bind
Spec paper
Build pro worthy paper protypes
Build a custom template in illustrator
Understand printed color (PMS vs CMYK)
Estimate a job


Video, Design, & Community

Posted on May 13th, 2013 by briar

ART 399:
Video, Design, & Community
CRN: 14999
Fall 2013, Tuesday/Thursday


Video, Design, & Community—this Fall with Professor Perini

Posted on May 13th, 2013 by briar

ART 399:
Video, Design, & Community
CRN: 14999
Fall 2013, Tuesday/Thursday
12:00pm – 2:50pm – NH 293 / LH 211
Instructor: Julie Perini (

ART 399: Video, Design, & Community has several goals:

  1. To learn about the histories, practices, politics, and ethics around community-based media projects
  2. To develop collaboration and group communication skills
  3. To learn to effectively communicate the message of a group using video
  4. To introduce students to the fundamental techniques of digital video production
  5. To cover basic technical information related to cinematography, camera operations, video formats, and editing with Final Cut Pro
  6. To produce a video for a community group in Portland that you have been partnered with.

In the past, students have created videos for the US Geological Survey, Experimental Film Fest Portland, Signal Fire Arts/Environmental Organization, and SoyBeam Miso Company. The 2013 – 2014 community partners have yet to be determined; they will be
grassroots or non-profit organizations who work in the Portland community. You need not know anything more than basic computer skills to take this course. ALSO!
This course fulfills one of your upper-division elective requirements.

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New Summer Class!

Posted on May 7th, 2013 by briar

An interdisciplinary approach to designing for sustainable communities

Summer 2013 (4 credits)
CRN: 82304
8 weeks
T/TH 9:00 am -12:50 pm
Instructors: Chris North and Callie Jones

41__JakeTrudellMaking the invisible visible with impact. By student Jake Trudell Fall 2012

Positively impact people and communities within the Portland Metro area. Students will participate in an interdisciplinary approach to develop proposals for solutions that consider environment, place and engagement through systems based thinking, solution based processes and design focused outcomes. Coursework will include fieldwork, investigation, readings, design colloquium and systems thinking practices and application. This course is open to students of all disciplines. An interest or background in sustainability and communication is beneficial.

Helping kids safely walk to school; the kit (left) and the workshop (right). By student Joe Trussell Fall 2012


About the instructors:

Chris North, Adjunct Faculty in the School of Art and Design and Sustainability Scholar. North believes a true entrepreneurial education experience is to turn the tide of how we design, resource and collaborate on current issues. North has presented academic sessions at the Annual International Conference on Business and Sustainability and her students have presented projects at the AIGA Portland SHIFT series on contemporary sustainability. Website:

Callie Jones is Adjunct Faculty in the School of Art and Design. Callie