Category Archives: Opinion

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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Just be

I finally got a chance to see Gimme Danger—the Stooges documentary by Jim Jarmusch. I can’t specifically recall the first time I heard the Stooges. I came of age on the punk rock that was inspired by them. But somehow it … Continue reading

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Dear Electoral College

Since Alexander Hamilton didn’t have access to email, I went ahead and sent this letter to all the electors via this site: Ask The Electors. Also submitted it to the Electoral College Petition folks.

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Mourn Heal Act

Like many of you, I have spent this week feeling a mixture of fear, nausea, and shock. Now there is someone at the upper echelons of government whose stated views about everyone that is not a white Christian male—not to … Continue reading

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Making Portland Work

I remember the first time I met Chloe Eudaly in her small store just north of Hawthorne Blvd. on 37th Avenue, a few blocks from my house. I was already a lover of ‘zines and printed matter of all kinds. PLAZM was a few years … Continue reading

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Trumpenstein

About this art In 2008 I worked on an anti-John McCain poster, in 2012 anti-Mitt Romney art. I like to make political posters. To use my training in design for something important. But this year is different. More urgent. More personal. … Continue reading

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Urban Goats & Comic Sans

Although I have never personally been a user of the much maligned typeface Comic Sans, I recently found there are actually appropriate uses for the font. Many Portlanders fondly remember the goats grazing over on Southeast Belmont Avenue. They were fun and quirky, yet … Continue reading

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Art Chantry’s Heretical Design History

Art Chantry has a new book out and he speaks at Powell’s Tuesday at 7:30 pm   Art has shaped much of contemporary design with his hands-on, low-fidelity techniques and his unapologetic, poignant ideas. He is a design icon. We’ve … Continue reading

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60 days to stop a war

  In 2008 Thomas Bradley & I made this John McCain campaign poster. You might recall McCain gleefully sang “bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” to the tune of the Beach Boys Barbara Ann. You can find that on YouTube. It’s a shame … Continue reading

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Bud or Bud Light: Designing a Brand

I will be doing a presentation at the Cannabis Creative Conference this Wednesday. It is an interesting time for this industry in Oregon with the maturation of medical and the birth of recreational categories. There are many challenges and opportunities ahead. I … Continue reading

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