We had the opportunity to sneak our way into the Be Honest 2013 event last night. This was the second show we've attended that showcases the work from Portland State's graphic design department. We love these type of showcase events because it allows us to see a gigantic body of work and to get an overall visual direction of the collective group.
As with Fresh, which we attended in May, we were struck by the quality of much of the work coming out of the program. The showcase featured the work of sophomores, juniors and seniors, and you could really see the even progression of skill across the three classes. We believe this is a testament to a solid, skilled and talented group of individuals that are guiding these soon to be minted designers into a professional mind and skill set.
The work and styles that are emerging from these young students is extremely diverse, but their talent and commitment to their craft is apparent. We had a variety of conversations as we moved through the room - several of them reflecting that the pieces shown were “works in progress”, and that they were still in deep thought and exploration of their ultimate solution. We love that.
Of course, if we had to pick one area that we felt was under represented, it would have to be the amount interactive work on display. There were smatterings of websites sprinkled throughout the show, but we'd have loved to see more of the work being developed in that area.
Overall, the event was huge. Once the VIP preview ended, Instrument's studio space swelled to what must have been 400 people. This is the kind of support that makes us proud to be covering this diverse, supportive community of creators.
We left the event with a huge bag of business cards and shwag that we are now combing through and looking for individuals we can run features on over the next few weeks. There is a lot of talent in this group that needs to be illuminated.
We're not sure what PSU has in store for us in the future, but we're anxiously waiting for a new batch of work to thrill and inspire us.