FOUND! Apple power cord

Hey all,

I found the cord last week—Sarah, I think it might be yours due to where you were sitting.

I’ve put it on top of those drawers outside the class, tucked between the two tall piles of stuff.

I hope the owner claims it!


Some last considerations

I just wanted to remind you to ask yourself these questions before your print your final book out:

  1. Is my concept clear? If someone who wasn’t familiar with my project picked my book up, would they understand the ideas overall? Remember that the list that I gave for inclusion in your book serves as guidelines, since all of your projects are pretty different. The most important thing, is that the reader of your book is given the information they need (both text and image) to understand the concept, the placement, the unity and the final look/feel of your system.
  2. Am I visually consistent with image (style, execution) and type use?
  3. Does the layout of the book enhance the idea (or does it take away from it)?
  4. Did I proof read and spell check?
  5. Did I find good quality paper and a printer to output the book on?
  6. Does the binding look professional and/or appropriate for my project?

Looking forward to seeing all of these on Monday at 10:15 in our usual classroom!

Wine label photos

Hey guys, I’m STILL missing some photos of wine bottles. There are a few of you that just did digital/photoshop illustrations, but I think a few more have photos to upload. Please get those up so I can finish grading.


Preparing your standards/brand book

Here are some examples of presentation/brand books:

London Underground

Presentation book checklist

Format: 11×17
Binding: Your choice
Consider what will make your brand look great. This can enhance (or detract from) the experience!

  1. Intro text: Explanation of the project, the space its needs, and the signage concept. Imagine someone completely unfamiliar with the project and brand was opening the book.
  2. Mood board: Images that show the feeling you are aiming for, or the references you are making. This can be color, texture, cultural references—though I wouldn’t put other signage systems here.
  3. Logo (Show in two sizes and if you have them, various iterations like vertical/horizontal/type-only etc.)
  4. Typeface families used
  5. Color palette
  6. Pictogram series (if applicable)
  7. Map/Flat plan of space, mark each spot a sign will be placed.
  8. Selected Signs Show multiple examples if they are common signs in the space (just flat vector illustrations)
  9. Sign Inventory A list off all your signs. (Can be included on the same page as ‘selected signs’)
  10. Elevation for each kind of sign (not every sign, just each size/style, do this if your signs have different angles we need to see.)
  11. Photograph(s) or illustration(s) of signs in the environment
  12. Before/after images (if applicable)

Feel free to change the order to suit your project.

Click one of the thumbnails to look at the gallery.

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Be Part of Friendtorship! Upper Division Credit!

(from the PSU.GD blog)

For UPPER DIVISION CREDIT: Friendtorship = making & mentorship.

Friendtorship (an upper division course that meets once a week) is where Portland State University graphic design and art students mentor and collaborate with high school students. We create actionable social art and design and curriculum. Through the Friendtorship program we nurture positive, productive relationships and collaborations.

PSU graphic design (and art) majors receive upper division credits (1-6 credits) for mentoring and collaborating on art & design projects with high school students. This class counts as credit toward your upper division credits and can be for your elective credit. (FYI: Most GD majors end up 10 upper division credits short.)

We will work with PSU faculty and visiting artists on all kinds of projects from screen printing, stencils & brand/identity work, zines, collage, drawing, stop animation, writing, and installation work.

Spring Term. Day/Time: Wednesdays from Noon-1:50pm.  Contact Lis Charman (charman @ pdx .edu)

Wine images: Don’t forget!

I need you to upload your cropped and edited images (3–5), in order to grade. Make sure you put them in our flickr stream.