Author Archives: Joshua Berger

Announcing the Portland Stamp Company

Dear friends of Plazm ~ Many of you know my business partner and creative director Niko Courtelis who returned to Portland from New York a few years ago. But did you know he’s a passionate collector of stamps? An artist and designer … Continue reading

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Try to draw like Rembrandt and you’re doomed to failure

In Part 2 of our OnCreativity interview with design legend Milton Glaser we discuss being in design as a profession, what is inspiring, and what it means to be a “creative” person. With the “OnCreativity” series, Plazm explores the nature … Continue reading

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Rebeca Mendéz: design is a social force for change

  Hard to believe, but I’ve now known Rebeca for nearly twenty years. Back in 1998 we asked her to design a cover for Plazm magazine. That was issue #19. We printed a series of postcards with her work to … Continue reading

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Chavo Ben-Amos: I just keep doing it again and again and again

Packaging Designer and educator Chav Ben-Amos talks with OnCreativity about the creative process, problem solving, and artistic style. Born in Prague in 1930, she and her family were sent to Auschwitz in World War II. She survived the Holocaust, emigrated to Palestine … Continue reading

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Visiting the temporal with glass blower Michael Davis

Glass blower Michael Davis talks with OnCreativity about the creative process, uncertainty, and being present. With the “OnCreativity” series, Plazm explores the nature of creativity and how it works via informal interviews with designers, artists, musicians, animators, and educators. Like … Continue reading

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Bill Plympton: “Look at the world like you’ve never seen it before…”

On Creativity sits down with legendary animator and award-winning filmmaker Bill Plympton, as he discusses the creative process, having the mind of a child and drawing for 12 hours a day. Bill Plympton was nominated for an academy award for … Continue reading

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OnCreativity: Ann Hamilton interview

OnCreativity visits with visual artist Ann Hamilton on location at her massive installation’ the event of a thread’, to discuss flexibility, trust, and risk taking. With the “OnCreativity” series, Plazm explores the nature of creativity and how it works via … Continue reading

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OnCreativity

We all have the ability to create. But what is creativity? How does it work? With the “OnCreativity” series, Plazm explores these and other questions via informal interviews with designers, artists, musicians, animators, and educators. Like creativity itself, their differing … Continue reading

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Who is this slimy creature?

Twenty years ago, in Plazm issue #9, we invited the Guerrilla Girls to do the inside front cover. They provided this nifty educational ad about Newt Gingrich. Back then Newt was Speaker of the House in the mid 1990s. When … Continue reading

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