PDX! Our Book Swap last week was a hit! Stay out of the hazey weather with some cool design events. Be sure to keep an eye out for the September #TDKtuesdays event. Also, our favorite place to get caffinated: Stumptown Coffee is looking for a creative designer.
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Get the low down on your fav Portland creatives, how they started out and if they’re hiring!
AfterAll Founder & Creative Director Joanna Bean Martin has quite an intertwined work/life balance that seems to work wonderfully for her. Apart from getting the low down on her day-to-day in the studio we discuss internships, and how they're an opportunity to build both technical and interpersonal skills, she suggests a plethora of blogs, podcasts & books for you to get into, plus she tells us about that one time she convinced an up-and-coming photographer on the streets of NYC to train her for free.
Jolby & Friends
We chat with Colby Nichols (Co-Founder, Creative Director + 1/2 Wizard) and Brett Stenson (1/2 Art Director, 1/2 Cosmic Cowboy) from Jolby & friends about everything from clients to portfolios. We discuss making work for social good, what it means to be a designer vs an artist, plus they write some funny little letters to their 16yr old selves.
Jordan Metcalf Studio
We recently caught up with letterer/designer Jordan Metcalf who recently made the move from South Africa to Portland. He shares some amazing portfolio insights, we talk about trends and motivation, and we discuss what it's like working in a saturated creative city like Portland, plus (of course) there's a little Portlandia chat too
Steve Cousins, who recently just became Creative Director at Cinco Design, explains to us the steps involved during a week of coming into a new job. He also tells us the importance of cultural fit, while just as important - being a good writer and not just a good designer. And the rewarding feeling design gives you when you can create such positive, fulfilling, and transformational experiences.
"If you’ve seen it before, so has everyone else, so take risk in your work". The very talented illustrator - Brett Stenson of Jolby & Friends tells us. Brett also informs us about the incredible design scene in Portland, how the community there fosters creativity and support of one another, along with a bunch of other great resources and advice.
Melissa Rachel Black
We catch-up with the Portland based illustrator Melissa Rachel Black. Melissa shares with us her earliest creative memory, some really inspiring advice on how to make it as an illustrator and what the future holds. (FYI - Melissa did an interview with TDK back in the Byron warehouse in 2012!)
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Sagmeister & Walsh
Sagmeister & Walsh is a NYC based full service design firm that creates identities, commercials, websites, apps, films, books and objects for clients, audiences and ourselves.
Friends of Type
Friends of Type features original typographic design and lettering – fresh visual content – practically every day, by the four primary contributors. Posts are meant to log ideas, express ourselves, and inspire each other and our readers. The last week of every month we feature a guest designer, someone we admire and think will elevate our work and the site through their contribution.
Brand New is a division of UnderConsideration. Its sole purpose is to chronicle and provide opinions on corporate and brand identity work. We cover redesigns and new designs of well-known products, companies, and organizations. Brand New is edited and 99% written by Armin Vit.
We are a local, non-profit 501 C(3) that helps to foster art and design in Portland, Oregon's creative community through hands-on experiences, creative dialogue, and design-in-action initiatives. All of our events are focused on the process of making and the spirit of community.
AIGA Portland is an all-volunteer organization that connects local designers to the collective voice, experience, and resources of 66 AIGA chapters nationwide. Its success depends on active participation from members and sponsors.
Hand-Eye Supply is a work-focused supply store for creative minds. Every item we carry and every project we do needs to meet our high standards for Utility, Story, and Design.
On the Grid Portland
On the Grid is a user-friendly guide curated by talented local designers who want to share exceptional places in their neighborhood with the rest of the world. On the Grid was created by Hyperakt, a design agency based in Brooklyn.
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