Be Honest Info Session

Be Honest! Saturday, May 3rd at Wieden + Kennedy 
224 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Schedule & Logistics

12:00 Set up Volunteers arrive
2:00 All Participants Arrive
5:00–6:00 VIP Event
6:00–8:00 Student Showcase
8:00–9:00 Guest Speaker: Dan Cassaro
9:00–10:00 Tear down Volunteers

  • All Be Honest participants must sign up to help set up or tear down.  We also need help with event materials production, happening one week from today. 
  • We will begin set up at 12pm
  • All Participants MUST be at W+K by 2pm and ready to set up your table. It takes more time than you may expect to have everything set up.
  • VIP Invite Only guests will begin arriving at 5:00. The list of visitors includes people from Wieden Kennedy, Nike, Plazm, Big Giant, OMFGCo, and more. This period of the evening is a little slower, quiet, and allows for more in depth conversations to be had with some really great people from our community. If there is someone special that you would like to come to the invite only portion of the evening, send an email to Kate and she will send a personal invitation to that person!
  • During the event we will be serving beer and snacks for our guests. We’ll also have a Good Editions table selling prints and a general information/welcome table for PSUGD/FoGD
  • We will not have access to power supply or wifi, so make sure you’re charged up and prepared if you plan to show any work on your tablet or laptop. 
  • Parking in the Pearl is a pain, so carpool, use public transportation, or have someone give you a ride.  
  • We will be responsible for total clean up of the space, so we would like to have LOTS of volunteers for tear down/clean up. 


  • Each student will have a 3ft wide by 1.5 ft deep area to display their work. It’s not much, so please plan ahead and carefully consider what you want to show.  Take a look at photos from previous years to see how students set up their tables and displayed their work. LINKLINKLINK
  • Full table size is 6 ft wide, which means they’re split in two, which means you can pick a table buddy within your grade level! See next item.
  • Tables are first come first serve! Tables will be grouped by grade level (Sophomore, Junior, Senior). 
  • Bring your own materials to decorate your table. Maybe consider building upward to make your work more noticeable. Remember to bring tape, binder clips, string, etc. Whatever you think you might need to set up. Try doing a table “dress rehearsal” at home! 

Dress Code / Etiquette

  • Less casual than an interview, more formal than everyday. “Creative Casual”
  • Wear comfy shoes! You’ll be standing most of the night!
  • Be Nice! Some people will be wearing name tags, but others won’t! Treat everyone kindly, you never know who you may be speaking to. 
  • Be prepared to talk about your work! 
  • Some past Be Honest students have suggested you bring in process work or sketch books! Ask specific questions about your work to get feedback. 

Are You Ready Checklist?

  • Do you have takeaways? (business cards, post cards, prints, buttons, other super creative things!)
  • Is your website up to date?
  • Are you prepared to discuss your work/Have specific questions to receive feedback?

At this point you’ve worked really hard so have FUN and meet the great people that make up Portland’s creative community! 

If I missed anything or you have questions, you can tweet @fogd or comment below. 

Volunteer to Help at Be Honest!

Hey PSUGD Students! Want to be an extra awesome person and help out at Be Honest? We’re looking for extra hands for decorating & set up, tear down crew, gallery install crew, some friendly folks to represent FoGD at the welcome table and take tickets for the Dan Cassaro talk! 

Sign up to volunteer over on SignupGenius! Also, we’re asking that all Be Honest participants will sign up to either help set up or tear down. Pretty please.


Be Honest Gallery Show at Wieden+Kennedy

Hey all you excellent Be Honest participants! Are you interested in having your work shown in the W+K gallery during Be Honest?! The Friends of Graphic Design are organizing the first Be Honest Gallery Show and would love to feature your work! Anything two-dimensional that can be easily hung with 2 binder clips.

Drop off your work to an FoGD Officer in the Green Room:
Weds April 30th from 3–4pm or Thursday May 1st from 12–2pm, if neither of those times work for you — email us at, tweet us @fogd, or comment here!

Be Honest Info Session

Hey Be Honest Participants! I bet you have a question or two about what you should expect at Be Honest and how to prepare?! We’re holding an information session this week to give you all the details and answer your questions. Join us right after Show & Tell with Bob Smith on Thursday April 24th at 1pm in Art 320. 

Show & Tell with Bob Smith

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An autodidactic freak of nature focusing on the confluence of sport apparel and graphic design (whatever the hell that means), Bob specializes in telling authentic, compelling stories through branded apparel. He has over 15 years in the Performance and Sportswear industry and comes highly recommended by some of the brightest leaders in the field.

Bob fancies himself a cultural anthropologist/sociologist. His curiosity allows him to excel at immersing himself in the culture of a brand and digging out compelling product and retail insights that consistently (and profitably) resound with customers and the media. Bob has experience in virtually every aspect of creating a successful line and bringing it to market, while infusing the teams he works with an infectious enthusiasm.
Bob does work as bobsmith:design, a creative consultancy which brings together insightful design direction, a playful wit, and a commitment to craftsmanship.





Hope to see you at noon on April 24th in room 320 in the Art Building (2000 SW 5th AVE). RSVP over on Facebook. Show & Tell is free and open to the public!

Call to Draw: Utopia

Week 4 is getting real and projects are happening! Wouldn’t it be nice to have all the time to do all the things? Let’s draw Utopia this week and take a ride on the Spaceship of Imagination


Tag your illustrations #calltodraw and follow along on our Tagboard. Check out last week’s excellent pancakes & penguins! Click images to check out more from these students’ instagram feeds. 














Parameters: Square Format, high resolution, tag it #calltodraw, a new prompt every Thursday. Have fun!

Show & Tell with Jenn Armbrust

This week we’re welcoming Jenn Armbrust for Show & Tell!

Jennifer Armbrust is an artist and advisor working and living in Portland, Oregon. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College where she relieved a BA Critical Theory in 2000. A former designer and gallerist, she currently runs her own creative consultancy, Armbrust & Co. She recently launched Card Carrying Feminist and sometimes gives out free advice.

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Hope to see you at noon on April 17th in room 320 in the Art Building (2000 SW 5th AVE). RSVP over on Facebook. Show & Tell is free and open to the public!

Call to Draw: Pancakes & Penguins

Our first Call to Draw of Spring term! Pancakes & Penguins, care of Pinball Publishing (sponsored by the letter P).


Parameters: Square Format, high resolution, tag it #calltodraw, a new prompt every Thursday. Have fun!


Come celebrate the School of Art + Design at our Open House!SAVE THE DATE!THURSDAY, APRIL 17th FROM 5–9PM1990 & 2000 SW 5th AVE
Join Portland State University’s School of Art + Design in celebrating our vibrant programs & our amazing students. Our three departments, Art History, Art Practices, and Graphic Design, will present an evening of specially curated exhibitions, events, and open studios at the Art Building.Some events include:5x5 Mini PresentationsSpace RoomMFA Graduate ExhibitionsBFA Open StudiosMFA Open StudiosTime Arts Club Happening Number 12Art History Student SpotlightArt & Social Practice Open HouseA+D Projects Open HouseTrash TalkHey, Sophomores! A Graphic Design Student Portfolio ExtravaganzaElevator Mini LecturesStairwell ProjectSculpture in ShattuckCheck out our website for all of the event details!


Come celebrate the School of Art + Design at our Open House!

1990 & 2000 SW 5th AVE

Join Portland State University’s School of Art + Design in celebrating our vibrant programs & our amazing students. Our three departments, Art History, Art Practices, and Graphic Design, will present an evening of specially curated exhibitions, events, and open studios at the Art Building.

Some events include:
5x5 Mini Presentations
Space Room
MFA Graduate Exhibitions
BFA Open Studios
MFA Open Studios
Time Arts Club Happening Number 12
Art History Student Spotlight
Art & Social Practice Open House
A+D Projects Open House
Trash Talk
Hey, Sophomores! A Graphic Design Student Portfolio Extravaganza
Elevator Mini Lectures
Stairwell Project
Sculpture in Shattuck

Check out our website for all of the event details!

Good Editions Curators!

Big news, everybody! We are so excited to announce our first group of guest curators for Good Editions. These fantastic people will be selecting PSUGD student prints to sell alongside their own in the shop. Here’s their bios along with some interviews/videos/etc so you can get to know them better. They’ll be checking out your work!

If you don’t know what Good Editions is yet, check out this previous post or

Dan Cassaro 


Dan Cassaro is a native New Yorker and frequent get-the-hell-out-of-New-York-er. He was named an ADC Young Gun in 2011. His works and projects have received accolades from the New Yorker, Fast Company, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, and many major design and illustration publications.


Check Dan out here:

Portfolio Site / Great Discontent Interview / WMC Video

Will Bryant


A southern transplant, Will Bryant’s work weaves together humor with commerce, fun, and positivity. In his sculptural installations, photographic still lives, and commercial illustration projects, there is always a sense of exuberance at play with a colorful palette.
His work has been plastered across T-shirts, record sleeves, posters, magazines, furniture, snowboards, underwear, and also exhibited internationally. He is interested in Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Michael Jordan, anthropomorphism, 90s basketball, SEC football, pets, pop culture, cookie meetings, and even parts of art history.
He works full time in his studio in Portland, OR and teaches part time in the graphic design department at Portland State University.


Check out Will here:

Portfolio / Nothing Major Interview / Threadless Video

Lisa Congdon


Artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful paintings and collages. Since 2007, she has been illustrating for clients including The Museum of Modern Art, Martha Stewart Living Magazine, Chronicle Books, The Land of Nod, The Obama Campaign and Simon & Schuster, among others. Lisa is also known for her intricate line drawings and pattern design and has licensed her work for fabric, kitchen linens, wallpaper and bedding. In addition to illustrating full time, Lisa maintains a thriving Etsy shop and writes a popular daily blog of her work, life and inspiration called Today is Going to be Awesome. She is the author of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One and Art, Inc., both set to be released by Chronicle Books in 2014. Lisa periodically shows her work in galleries around the country. In 2011, she had her first major solo show atGallery Hijinks in San Francisco and was in her first museum show at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. She’s an avid cyclist and swimmer. She lives and works in Oakland, California.


Check Lisa out here:

Portfolio / Great Discontent Interview / Short Film 

Hey PSUGD students! Now that you’re up to speed on our guest curators, get to work! The deadline to submit for spring term consideration is Friday, April 4th!

Visit for details.