Category Archives: Opinion

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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Survival

I did a PechaKucha presentation in Portland recently. The seven minute piece is now online, so I am sharing it here.  The theme for the night was Survival. I talk about surviving a bike accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury and about … Continue reading

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Why Rand matters: A conversation

On April 8th I will be participating in a public discussion with Michael Carabetta, creative director at Chronicle Books and Kate Bingaman-Burt (illustrator, PSU design professor, cultural force) about design legend Paul Rand. Chronicle recently reproduced Rand’s seminal book—Thoughts on Design—for … Continue reading

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A beer story

This past week saw Fort George Brewery canning the last batch of Plazm Farmhouse Ale. It’s been awesome to collaborate with one of our favorite clients and with The Commons on this project. Thanks to our friends at Fort George for suggesting we make a Plazm … Continue reading

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TC Smith: A celebration & benefit

As many of you know, I suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) a few years ago and have experienced an exceptional recovery. I was lucky. I gave a talk about my journey at the Curiosity Club a few weeks ago. It’s … Continue reading

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More Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Students Now That I’m Not Taking Their Money

  by E. T. Moreno I recently left a teaching position in a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program. I had a handful of students whose work sounded like something I myself might write. The vast majority, unfortunately, … Continue reading

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