We've written recently about the upcoming FRESH graduate showcase happening this week. We thought we'd feature a bit of the work from the nine talented designers that will be let loose upon Portland's creative workforce in the next few days. Each designer has a strong selection of work, and we're looking forward to seeing them create amazing things over the next several years.
We've included a few pieces we really liked, as well as links to their portfolios for a bit of additional perusing. Take some time to check these folks out, they've turned out some nice work.
Congrats to the upcoming graduates:
Andy Carlson is a freelance designer at heart, and a particularly driven individual. Since 2008, he has balanced going to school full-time with work in the field of design. Recently he co-founded the ESC Collective, who spent the summer building 12 geodesic domes for the Summit Series in Utah. He is always seeking the next challenge. This might be why he has attended three colleges and explored almost every available medium. He knows the importance of taking a step back and seeing design from someone else’s perspective. It’s part of the reason complex user experience problems keep him awake at night. Currently he is the Creative Director at Fitwall, a tech-driven fitness start up, looking to disrupt the way people get fit.
Ashley Turner is a dedicated team player who likes using her hands to craft things out of various materials. She really loves cut paper, doodles and things that have a slight childish nature to them while still being thoughtful and well designed. Designs that have somewhat of a dark tone to them, but are still visually pleasing, or even cute, appeal to Ashley because she thinks it offers an interesting conflict of emotion. She has found a recent appreciation for mobile app design and enjoys trying to bring a tangible artistic style to life on the screen.
Elizabeth Welch’s love for illustration first appeared through doodles on her math homework and became a large enough part of her life to pursue an education in art. She first came to Portland State as a Fine Arts major making the jump to Graphic Design three years in, in an attempt to spice up her artistic life. It worked and she discovered web design in the process, something she enjoyed because of how different it is than illustration. Plus she’s got a knack for coding! Elizabeth is always looking for new things to try out, currently that thing is making comics.
Kengo Olsen isn’t your typical Japanese import. He’s an import that loves cute and effective design. He believes design can be used to encourage happiness and critical thinking about social issues. In order to accomplish these goals, he works diligently to use his skills in illustration, hand-drawn type, vector design, branding, and design within physical spaces. In his ideal world, good design makes for a happier and more thoughtful population.
Liana Mikah was created to be a creator and she expresses this through her unlimited love for her work. Liana takes pride in transforming small details into big moments. She loves seeing everything come together. It’s about the process and the inspiration. Liana finds inspiration in an endless list that includes: fashion, perfume, magazines, photography, cities, paper, music, displays, beautiful products, films, and handwritten notes.
Meg Myers is an illustrator and designer living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Creativity is her hobby. Design is her passion. Art is her life. There’s an intense need to create all the time. She is always doodling, always thinking, and always finding new ways to look at things. When the mood strikes she also fancies herself an amateur photographer.
It was Nafie Gorman’s love affair with illustration that led him to pursue a career in graphic design. Now he enjoys a longer list that includes coding, front-end, and logo design. He treats each project as an opportunity to try a new design approach. It’s a way to have fun with it, which ultimately gives his work a personality of its own.
Big brother, little brother, Seinfeld fanatic, and the rap game's Sam Weir. Phillip Nguyen’s design interests are usually driven by what he enjoys using and seeing everyday. This includes: digital design, editorial/page layout, and information design. Humor is integrated into a lot of his designs, it creates what feels like a personable, relaxing, and memorable experience for himself and the viewer.
Savannah Julian made the trek up north from southern Oregon to study technical theatre. Somewhere between costume production and set building she found herself in a design class and never looked back. Much of Savannah’s work is influenced by a love for historical ephemera and typography. Her values include hard work, critical thinking, and a methodical workflow. When not behind the computer, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and watching TV with her two cats. Going forward she plans to continue applying her design sensibilities to the web, studying type design, and tackling some larger collaborative projects.