Unfortunately Lotta’s Show & Tell has been cancelled — we hope to have her chat with us next term! Go have a look at her website and just relish in her beautiful work :)
We’re wrapping up this term’s Show & Tell line-up with a web chit chat with Lotta Nieminen!
Lotta Nieminen is an illustrator, graphic designer and art director from Helsinki, Finland. She has studied graphic design and illustration at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and the Rhode Island School of Design, and has worked as a freelancer in both fields since 2006. After working for fashion magazine Trendi, Pentagram Design and RoAndCo Studio, Lotta is now a full-time freelancer based in New York City.
In 2010, Lotta received the Art Directors Club Young Guns award and was selected by Print magazine for its annual New Visual Artists review, highlighting 20 international rising designers under the age of 30. In early 2012 she received the esteemed Junior Award at the Best of the Year advertising and design competition in Finland. Lotta has given talks at the Apple Store in New York, the Rhode Island School of Design and La Cambre University in Brussels, Belgium. She has illustrated for the likes of clients such as Hermès, New York Times, Volkswagen, IBM, United Airlines, International Herald Tribune, Monocle, Newsweek, Wired UK and Bloomberg Businessweek.
Hope to see you at noon on Mar 6th in room 320 in the Art Building (2000 SW 5th AVE). RSVP over on Facebook. Show & Tell is free and open to the public!
Let’s draw some emoticons! You can approach this with some OG emoticons, using text characters like this illustration from PSUGD student Gregor Holtz.
Or get inspired by the iOS emojis.
Or try out some IRL emoticons like this project from Liza Nelson… the possibilities are endless!
Parameters: Square Format, high resolution, tag it #calltodraw, a new prompt every Thursday. Have fun!
Where Are They Now is a new feature where we’ll be checking in with PSUGD alumni and see what they’ve been up to since leaving school.Up first is Aaron Rayburn!
Aaron is a cross-disciplinary art director working in Portland, Oregon. He is also Principle Director of a film collective called Taiga (www.wearetaiga.com), and co-founder of Fortport.com.
When did you graduate?
I actually left the program in 2010 to go to work, though I loved my experience at PSU - I was an older student and knew what I wanted early on, so I chose to jump right into the industry after I completed my design courses. I recommend graduating. Your mother will appreciate it.
What have you been up to since then?
I’ve been incubating, working, following the sun, traveling, starting businesses, failing, jumping in and out of agencies, going to art shows, exploring my shortcomings, dreaming about clouds, basically I’m trying to touch lightning without getting too burnt. Burnt! Is that proper grammar?
For work I have a small studio where I act as Art Director for a few brands I care about. The work is based on cultural research, ideas, and graphic design. Mostly I want to make work to share with the people I love.
The act of work compels me because I am in love with all matter in the universe.
How did PSUGD prepare you for where you are now?
My time at PSUGD was one of the most empowering seasons in my life. It prepared me to teach myself what I need to know. My two main influences were Kate Bingaman-Burt and Liz Charman, they both fixed a pair of strong wings on my back, deliberately, over my years in the program. They do that with any student that is hungry to learn. It comes naturally to them. Take their classes and show up prepared, the course of your career will be much clearer if you do.
Do you miss anything about PSUGD?
I am not really a nostalgic type of human, but I do miss seeing the same scared, eager, frustrated set of students every day. Even though it’s school, you can still treat it like a hustle. There’s something nice about showing up everyday and getting your clock totally cleaned. As in, “uh how will I ever get good at this” - but not stopping even though your work may be totally shit.
Any advice for current students?
Look around you, your classmates are the design industry’s next set of talent. Be completely nice to everyone. You may hire or work for them very soon. Even the jerks, this is a really small town and industry. Learn about respect, it takes a few years, but always act in the realm of respect. Always.
Don’t limit yourself to graphic design. This industry is so young, you’re probably going to create your career anyway.
Let go of the idea that you have to be good at all aspects of design. No one is. Do what you are good at and get better at it.
If you don’t know what you are good at, you’ve got to make a TON of work over the next 2-4 years to find out what you are good at. Being prolific is fun, make it bad, make it often, so long as you are producing, you’re growing.
Take time to think outside of design. It’s insular by nature, so thinking outside of design will set you ahead immediately.
Use the brutal honesty of the internet to gauge the value/impact of your work. If the internet is silent, you may not be doing it right. It will tell you how you are doing, and for goodness sake don’t take it personally. Grow skin thicker than the exterior or a tank, immediately!
Be wary of situations that don’t have tension. Tension makes work better.
Do work for free, but never for someone who tells you it will be a good portfolio piece. Those days are over.
Look at trendy work, but more importantly, make classic work while you are a student. You need a foundation. Trendy work will collapse around you like a house of cards if you don’t know the rules of design. It’s not boring, trust me.
Make lots of decisions, you’re about to be paid for your decision making power, so start now. Asking what everyone else thinks can be a crutch, it’s ok if you pick the wrong thing. You’re a student! Beta-state forever!
Show up on time. Show up prepared. This is the basis of everything you will ever make.
Don’t work only when inspired. Work when it’s time to work.
Learn more about Aaron on the internet:
Thank you, Aaron! Stay tuned for more!
Let’s welcome The Beauty Shop *in person* for this week’s Show & Tell!
The Beauty Shop is a boutique creative studio in Portland, Oregon, specializing in brand identity, print, and interactive design with a clean, minimalist aesthetic. They love working with people one-on-one, at a time when they are evaluating how they’re going to represent themselves to the world.
Hope to see you at noon on Feb 27th in room 320 in the Art Building (2000 SW 5th AVE). RSVP over on Facebook. Show & Tell is free and open to the public!
Jason Santa Maria is a Graphic Designer living in sunny Brooklyn, New York. He’s the co-founder and creative director of the collaborative writing platform Editorially; a faculty member in the MFA Interaction Design program at SVA; a co-founder of A Book Apart; and the founder of Typedia, a shared encyclopedia of typefaces online. Previously, he served as vice president of AIGA/NY and as creative director for A List Apart and Typekit. He’s worked for clients such as AIGA, The Chicago Tribune, Housing Works, Miramax Films, The New York Stock Exchange, PBS, The United Nations, and WordPress, with a focus on designing websites that balance beauty and usability.
Hope to see you at noon on Feb 20th in room 320 in the Art Building (2000 SW 5th AVE). RSVP over on Facebook. Show & Tell is free and open to the public!
There are still spots available for the upcoming Letterpress Workshop at the IPRC, lead by PSUGD student+letterpress wizard Chloe Fields!
Learn to set moveable lead type and print on a table-top hand press in the IPRC print shop. You’ll learn the vocabulary of printing and typesetting while getting a feel for this beautiful and historical process. Leave the class with a printed card and the satisfaction that comes with using 100 year old equipment! Successful completion of this one day class allows IPRC members access to open studio print hours so you can keep on printing!
February 28 2014
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
1001 SE Division St
Join Friends of Graphic Design on a Field Trip to Sincerely, Truman!
About Sincerely, Truman
Understand what makes your story meaningful and share that with the world.
We are storytellers, designers, strategists, developers, and craftsmen.
We live in Portland. Come see what we’re all about!
Space is limited to 20. The Field Trip is limited to Portland State students only. REGISTER HERE Monday 2/17 at 12pm