Creative Mornings Portland

Creative Mornings PDX

Creative Mornings is a free monthly breakfast lecture series for creative types that was created by Tina Roth Eisenberg. Since it’s inception in 2009, Creative Mornings has grown from it’s hometown of New York to include cities all over the world, including the likes of San Francisco, Chicago, London, Berlin—and now, Portland.

The inaugural Portland event was kicked off by none other than our friend, Kate Bingaman Burt. Her talk was an inspiring way to begin a Friday and a fitting beginning to Portland Creative Mornings. I’m still buzzing off it.

Kate’s a tough act to follow, but I’m happy to announce that Ian Coyle and I will be speaking at Creative Mornings on Friday, November 18th. You can RSVP here on November 14. Hope to see you there!

Creative Mornings Portland

Designspeaks with Frank Chimero

Designspeaks with Frank Chimero

Although our pal Frank Chimero is relatively new to Portland, he’s already making his presence known. Join AIGA Portland and 52 Ltd. at Designspeaks to learn what’s on Frank’s mind.

I don’t know about you, but I listen closely to anything Frank has to say. He’s sure to delight and inform. Go get ‘em Frank!

The Cleaners at Ace Hotel
403 SW 10th Avenue
Portland, Oregon, 97205

May 13, 2010
7 – 10:00pm

Stewdio Apple

Stewdio Apple

Stewart Smith will be giving a talk about his work at the Apple Store in SoHo, New York as part of an ongoing Young Guns lecture series organized by the Art Directors Club. Free and open to the public, it begins at 6:30pm tonight.

Grafik Design Awards

Grafik Design Awards

Grafik, the UK’s only monthly magazine devoted entirely to graphic design has launched its own award show. The first Grafik Design Awards is now open for entries. Angharad Lewis, Wim Crouwel, Nick Roope, Emily King, Eva Rucki, Peter Saville, Caroline Roberts, Ben Parker, Kate Moross, Sara De Bondt, Phil Baines and Marina Willer are this year’s judges.

House of Cards

Shelter House of Cards

Join Damien Hirst, David Bailey and Vivienne Westwood in designing the ultimate deck of cards for Shelter.

The competition is open to anyone and allows for one lucky person to create an artwork that will be exhibited alongside the 52 other card designs. The winning design, chosen by a panel of judges and the general public, will be exhibited at Haunch of Venison Gallery – with the winning designer getting two tickets to the prestigious launch party.

The brief is to design the front of the “8 of Clubs” playing card in an imaginative and interesting way. Your finished work must represent the eight of Clubs playing card – you can interpret this however you want. But it should be the entire face of the playing card and it will be replicated in a portrait format.

There really are no restrictions or limitations regarding the medium or design of your card. Installations, textiles, sculptures, or paintings etc. are all equally welcome. Your piece just needs to be in the form of an original artwork that can be reproduced as a real playing card, and also in an exhibited form that can be photographed and then also replicated in this way.

The site can be viewed and entries uploaded from the 13th July. Please go to to enter. Website designed by Leo Burnett in association with Stink Digital.


Capsule Mike Perry

Capsule is the fashion and lifestyle trade event that fuses the best high-end contemporary brands, directional independent designers and super premium street wear labels. Presenting a highly-edited assemblage of collections from around the world, Capsule reflects the look of the new consumer and presents a fresh approach to the fashion tradeshow.

Via Hypebeast



Wow! Seymour Chwast, the quintessential New York designer, illustrator, and painter, is launching his newest book called Seymour at AIGA/NY tomorrow. Chwast has illustrated for most major magazines and has designed and illustrated over 30 children’s books.

Chwast is co-founder of Push Pin Studios and is a root source for the spread of comic expressionism across America. His posters are held in many museums including Pompidou Center Gallery in Paris, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Library of Congress and the Israel Museum. He is in the Art Directors Hall of Fame and he is an AIGA medalist.

I had the good fortune of working with Seymour when I was starting my career in graphic design. He created keyframe illustrations for Herman Miller that I then animated. Tendonitis ensued, but so did some great work. Traces of that project remain here.

Please make sure to register for the event here.

Via SwissMiss

The High Line

The High Line

The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan’s streets. Located on Manhattan’s West Side, the High Line runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 34th Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues. Section 1 of the High Line, which opened to the public on June 9, runs from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street. The identity and signage were designed by Paula Scher of Pentagram.

BBDK had the good fortune of seeing the High Line last week during a private tour of The Standard, a beautiful new hotel that straddles the High Line. Thanks again for the tour Lucy! Our lips are sealed.

Andy Spade at Liu Lecture

Liu Lecture

Andy Spade will be speaking on Wednesday, April 15th at the Liu Lecture Series in Design at Stanford University. He’s the branding and marketing man behind Kate Spade and Jack Spade (the companies that he and his wife created.) Spade’s latest project is Partners & Spade which includes a highly conceptual retail experience in downtown Manhattan.

The Grain Edit Stimulus Package

Grain Edit Giveaway

The US Economy is falling apart and people are down. Dave Cuzner came up with the Grain Edit Design Stimulus Package Giveaway as a way to cheer people up during these rough times and to thank his readers for their continued support. Thinking for a Living is honored to be a part of this years giveaway. Thanks Dave!

The Practice Sessions

The Practice Sessions

“Everything is going to be OK.” Doesn’t that feel better? Finally, a projection about the future that doesn’t suck all the oxygen out of the room. Despite all of the doom and gloom, the silver lining for designers is that everything they need for success and happiness in this field is well within their own control. Learn more about The Practice Sessions here.

Folkert Gorter and Josh Pangell have graciously donated a lifetime account for each of the 10 practitioners at their newly developed personal publishing platform, Cargo. Cargo evolved out of the system that runs the SpaceCollective community. The goal of Cargo is to dramatically increase the accessibility and exposure of creative individuals on the internet, while aspiring to build a networked context that will contribute to the culture as a whole.

Andre Andreev and G. Dan Covert have also donated copies of their eye-opening book, Never Sleep for each of the 10 practitioners. There is a major disconnect between the life of a design student and the transition to being a design professional. To demystify the transition, Andre and Dan share their failures, successes, and surprises during their years in college and progression into the field: the creative process, monetary problems, internships, interviews, mistakes, and personal relationships.

The Practice Sessions

The Practice Sessions

Thinking for a Living is proud to announce The Practice Sessions, a workshop and panel discussion by Antonio Carusone, Frank Chimero, Duane King and Matt Owens taking place at the National Student Show & Conference in Dallas, Texas. The Practice Sessions is part of our continued efforts as an ever-growing platform dedicated to the concept of open source design education.

I can’t wait! These guys are all some of my favorite partners in crime. Dallas, here we come!