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designweekportland:

Share Document is a collection of writings on design, edited by Clifton Burt and Nicole Lavelle, and published by Ampersand on the occasion of Design Week Portland 2013. The book is available for purchase here. With big thanks to the editors and contributors, we’re sharing the essays that were published last year here on the blog.
Ten Lessons Graphic Designers Learn That Every Artist Should Understand
By Jen Delos Reyes
I have spent the past five years co-directing an MFA program at Portland State University focused on art and social practice. The program is based on a foundation of access, community, collaboration and engagement. It values and acknowledges multiple forms of knowledge, and embraces an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary art. The mantra of the program could easily be that art and social practice starts and ends not in rarefied spaces, but out in the world. The program educates and activates students to develop and utilize their artistic skills to engage in society. It is the kind of learning that creates engaged citizens.
I believe that the fairly recent interest in and proliferation of art programs that focus on what is being referred to as either art and social practice, public practice, or community arts is in part because these programs propose not only alternate forms of sustainability for an art practice outside of market constraints, but promote the multitude of ways artists can function in the world. However the majority of these programs are at the graduate MFA level only, which is highly problematic.
I believe that an artist’s relationship to and placement in society should not be an area of specialization, or afterthought, but instead a core component of the education of all artists. Because I believe that all artists need to contemplate and consider context, publics, and relationships, I have recently been making the argument that art and social practice needs to be taught at a foundations level. As much as artists are pushed to develop craft and hone in on concepts, they should be thinking about context, publics, and social function. This should be the basis of all art education today.
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designweekportland:

Share Document is a collection of writings on design, edited by Clifton Burt and Nicole Lavelle, and published by Ampersand on the occasion of Design Week Portland 2013. The book is available for purchase here. With big thanks to the editors and contributors, we’re sharing the essays that were published last year here on the blog.


Ten Lessons Graphic Designers Learn That Every Artist Should Understand

By Jen Delos Reyes

I have spent the past five years co-directing an MFA program at Portland State University focused on art and social practice. The program is based on a foundation of access, community, collaboration and engagement. It values and acknowledges multiple forms of knowledge, and embraces an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary art. The mantra of the program could easily be that art and social practice starts and ends not in rarefied spaces, but out in the world. The program educates and activates students to develop and utilize their artistic skills to engage in society. It is the kind of learning that creates engaged citizens.

I believe that the fairly recent interest in and proliferation of art programs that focus on what is being referred to as either art and social practice, public practice, or community arts is in part because these programs propose not only alternate forms of sustainability for an art practice outside of market constraints, but promote the multitude of ways artists can function in the world. However the majority of these programs are at the graduate MFA level only, which is highly problematic.

I believe that an artist’s relationship to and placement in society should not be an area of specialization, or afterthought, but instead a core component of the education of all artists. Because I believe that all artists need to contemplate and consider context, publics, and relationships, I have recently been making the argument that art and social practice needs to be taught at a foundations level. As much as artists are pushed to develop craft and hone in on concepts, they should be thinking about context, publics, and social function. This should be the basis of all art education today.

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likeknowslike:

We had a quick stop-over in San Francisco last month and spontaneously shot a day in a life of helenadagmar. It all happened really random, but we are happy to show you the result! Enjoy.

Helena Price worked at startups in the Silicon Valley, but she recently decided to pursue her dream of being a full-time photographer. She’s done work for Google, Dropbox, Rdio, Samsung, Square, Uber, and more.

Also, check out her amazing work here:
blog.helenaprice.com
helenaprice.com

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Please try and get tickets for this event asap . .


Successfully promoting your creative business online
The survival of all creative ventures depends on one thing: people knowing you are out there and understanding what you can offer them. 
Even the most established companies have large marketing budgets which they use to remind the public they are still there. The good news is you can promote yourself and your work on the the web for very little, or no money. This workshop will introduce you to the multitude of resources available to artists and designers. 
Whether you are are a graphic designer, illustrator, fashion designer, photographer, or are trying to break into any other creative industries, this workshop will help you develop a clear and consistent web presence and forge a way ahead that will get you known. 
We will look at: developing your online portfolio, good web copy, reliable selling platforms, blogging, social media and general tips, tools and etiquette. 

Neil Leonard is a freelance designer and educator; he currently guest lectures at a number of universities throughout the United Kingdom and has a specific interest in areas of employability. He recently authored two books for AVA/Fairchild, BASICS Graphic Design 02: Design Research and BASICS Graphic Design 03: Idea Generation. 
 
In 2011 Neil developed Design Your Career, a one-stop, designed to assist artists and designers looking to establish their own creative enterprise. Design Your Career conferences, workshops and seminars offer essential guidance and inspiration ideal for budding designers, crafters, photographers, illustrators and any individual with a creative flare they wish to turn into a business. 
 
A graduate of London College of Communication, his experience in graphic design is broad and encompasses areas as such as typography, illustration and new media. 

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Please try and get tickets for this event asap . .

Successfully promoting your creative business online

The survival of all creative ventures depends on one thing: people knowing you are out there and understanding what you can offer them. 

Even the most established companies have large marketing budgets which they use to remind the public they are still there. The good news is you can promote yourself and your work on the the web for very little, or no money. This workshop will introduce you to the multitude of resources available to artists and designers. 

Whether you are are a graphic designer, illustrator, fashion designer, photographer, or are trying to break into any other creative industries, this workshop will help you develop a clear and consistent web presence and forge a way ahead that will get you known. 

We will look at: developing your online portfolio, good web copy, reliable selling platforms, blogging, social media and general tips, tools and etiquette. 

Neil Leonard is a freelance designer and educator; he currently guest lectures at a number of universities throughout the United Kingdom and has a specific interest in areas of employability. He recently authored two books for AVA/Fairchild, BASICS Graphic Design 02: Design Research and BASICS Graphic Design 03: Idea Generation. 
 
In 2011 Neil developed Design Your Career, a one-stop, designed to assist artists and designers looking to establish their own creative enterprise. Design Your Career conferences, workshops and seminars offer essential guidance and inspiration ideal for budding designers, crafters, photographers, illustrators and any individual with a creative flare they wish to turn into a business. 
 
A graduate of London College of Communication, his experience in graphic design is broad and encompasses areas as such as typography, illustration and new media. 

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/create-14-successfully-promoting-your-business-online-tickets-10290153125?aff=eorg