Portland, Oregon, the City of Roses, boasts the world's largest independent bookstore, numerous "beer theaters," and First Thursday community art openings. Home of hipsters, hippies, and outdoor adventurists alike, Stumptown offers big city culture with neighborhood flair. This rain-soaked city may be small but it has big ideas.
By day, this designer battles the follies of bad design; by night, you may find her painting, jogging the esplanade, or socializing at various Portland Microbreweries. Her rise to the top could only be stopped by her attempts to sing the Greek Alphabet whilst hiccupping.
Jodi Bon Jodi (aka Jodi Kansagor) is a pragmatist, a scientist, and a rock star. She loves expensive cosmetics, cheap beer and condescension.
Rick Albano is a painter, illustrator and writer living in Portland, OR. When not surfing, he can be found editing the blog for the outdoor apparel company Nau or drawing characters for his art-licensing outfit Squiggly Studios.
|Tim May||Kris Kanaly|
|Tim May||Kris Kanaly||Jake Holloman||Lap Le|
Round One: "Currency"
|Tim May||Kris Kanaly||Jake Holloman||Lap Le||Crystal Beasley||William Elliot||Mike Henderson||Eric Sellers|
Writing about one's self in the third person seems egotistical, but writing in the first person takes Tim (me) mightily beyond the realms of general discomfort, thrusting Tim (me) into a vortex of crippling doubt and self-loathing. Therefore, opting for, in my (Tim's) opinion, the lesser of these two unfortunate options: Tim was born in Boston, grew-up in Salt Lake City, got a degree in Painting from the University of Utah, moved back to Boston, got a Wacom tablet in 1999, moved to the Northwest in 2003. Tim has been using Photoshop since 1994. He works for Curiosity in Portland, where most of his coworkers try not to make direct eye contact, or make open mention of his many disturbing mannerisms. Tim once drank over 50 cans of Dr. Pepper in one night. He wasn't regular the next several days. His love of caffeine-based soda-beverages has only subsided slightly since then.
Art Director by day, painter by night and hung over by morning, Kristopher runs Kanaly Design, a small studio in Portland, Oregon. Juggling several projects at a time, he employs an eclectic group of freelancers and tech-savvy miscreants. He's currently flooded with work and has begun crafting a hand-hewn ark in hopes of surviving the monsoon seasons.
Raised with a pen in my hand, I grew up surrounded by design. I draw a lot of inspiration from Portland's tree covered hills and Tokyo's sprawling cityscapes. I love design because of the endless array of challenges it presents. Design software is fun because once you get the hang of it; the only limitation is your own creative vision.
_student. _oregon state. _rede. _design is a good bowl of pho.
Continuing in the trend of only living in cities whose names start with the letter "P" (Poplar Bluff, Pocahontas, Paragould, and Paducah), Crystal moved to Portland this July. Since graduating college five years ago, she has developed marketing campaigns, hand-coded websites, and designed numerous print ads for placement in national magazines. She is known for subconsciously matching layouts to the clothes she’s wearing and considers red a neutral color.
I was born in the Deep South and currently reside in Portland, Oregon. I love my girlfriend, Pantone 352 c, vodka, Mickey's 40s, sand castles, street art, blueberry muffins, mustache rides, Shetland ponies, design, tattoos, and propaganda. I hate mean people, old people, poverty, country music and plastic surgery. "So I don't cry anymore, I just beat people up. It's a lot more fun."
Born and raised in southern Oregon I spent a mixture of time hiking around in the forest, playing football and drawing my favorite cartoon characters. I attended Oregon State University where I started out as an engineer and ended up a graphic designer. I have worked in Portland since 2003 for George Fox University, Ziba Design, and currently for Owen Jones and Partners. My passion for type, image, telling a compelling story, and playing rock guitar keeps me going, and sometimes leads me to some interesting design solutions.
If life had quick keys - I would get so much done!
Joshua Berger is a founder and principal of PLAZM, publisher of Plazm magazine and a design firm serving commercial clients and social causes. Berger's clients, many with Plazm, have included Nike, Lucasfilm, MTV, Jantzen Swimwear, Wieden+Kennedy, TBWA/Chiat Day, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, among others. Plazm has been listed by ID magazine as one of the 40 most influential firms in the world and received the Creative Resistance Award from Adbusters. The complete catalog of Plazm magazine resides in the permanent collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Born in Mozambique, Jose went from an Industrial Designer to an Advertising Creative. He had his own Advertising agency in Portugal called GreyHome, when he met Dan Wieden and said yes to his invitation to join W+K Amsterdam five years ago. Jose ended up coming to the Portland office two years ago. He is currently the Creative Director for EA Games and Nike Sport Culture.
Jason Bacon is a principal in the Portland design firm Big-Giant and the urban vinyl toy company UNKL. After a seven year stint at Nike, joined forces with fellow designer Derek Welch in 1999 to form Big-Giant and help their clients such as, Lego, Virgin Mobile, Starbucks and Nike, accomplish business goals through design. A few years later they teamed up again as UNKL with the only parameter being that they have fun and create for themselves. The two projects approach design from completely opposite sides and help maintain creative balance.
Before joining Ziba, Eric art directed a magazine (Imbibe), designed for famous artists (MOCA, Los Angeles), saved the world with design (American Red Cross), and got schooled (Art Center). At Ziba, he's worked on environmental, interactive, and graphic design work for big companies who he can't talk about without getting into a lot of trouble. In between all of this he can be found devouring movies, comics, ceramics, and fine food all around town. He's also willing to spend all night (vodka martini in hand) discussing how seriously design takes itself, why the good stuff doesn't, and why Sagmeister should be your hero, too.
Kristan Kennedy is an artist and curator who is currently the Visual Art Program Director for the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. Kennedy curates video, installation, music and new media projects presented at PICA’s annual Time-Based Art Festival. She has organized exhibitions and commissioned projects by Matthew Day Jackson, Sara Greenberger-Rafferty, Cristian Silva, RED 76, Sincerely John Head, Arnold Kemp, Guido van der Werve and Brad Adkins among others. Kennedy is an artist represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, and has exhibited her work nationally. She is the co-founder of the hibernating artist collective Swallow Press (x2) along with artist Topher Sinkinson, their printed ephemera and temporal public projects have been presented internationally. Kennedy acts as copywriter and creative consultant for Portland design firm makelike. Kennedy lives and works in Portland, Oregon.