Thinking different!

A pot-luck dinner & publication design work session has students Yoonhwa Jang, Amanda Brennan, Thomas Toley, Jille Natalino, Melissa King, Elizabeth Kelley, Jennifer Savage, Kathryn Byrne, and Kristen Murphy (inset) working on BIG ideas in action — from McLuhan & global thinking-to-media centric ideation streams and designing for issues of their own futures. 

Hank

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Great Portfolios reveal amazing work and great passion!

Summer graduates proceed to sign-off from their amazing education, showcasing their awe-inspiring portfolios and passions. Congratulations to All!

Shown above: families, students, staff and faculty in the audience; Rachel Spence, Brittany Baum, Matt Palizay, and Preston Grubbs. 

Hank

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Portfolio Center Begins Summer Session…

Portfolio Center is off to an exciting new Summer quarter 2012, with fresh faces arriving— enthusiastic and eagar as they begin their most amazing educational adventure. 

Congratulations! to all the new first quarter students as they get started learning how to turn their insights and passions into successful communications and brands, design and art and into accomplishing careers— and in just two years, fast forward as they’ll will be fully prepared to enter the ever-expanding creative industry. 

Shown here, Facutly and Staff turn out to welcome them on the first day of orientation Summer Quarter 2012. 

Hank

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In Beta, Pinfografica for Infographics…

The new Pinterest™ of infographics, visual communications and explainer videos. Pinfografica is Fun, fascinating and it’s free + updated daily. It’s available via RSS feed, Facebook or Twitter… and you can ”pin” your fav.’s to your own Pinterest™ account. Check it out… http://pinfografica.com.

Hank

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Extremely Good and compelled to say Hello…

Hiya! and a reporting in from alum.’s Patrick Allison and ‘Dom Paglilauan— these alum’s are in top form- loving life, designing exciting projects (enjoying Jeni’s Ice cream {the best}) and having a blast… maybe missing a bit of Portfolio Center too!? Both Patrick and Dom are Designers at Abercrombie+Fitch and travelers about the rest of the world (they just got back from an electrifying-to-fantastic trip to Japan). As Patrick noted,”it’s a truly inspiring country and it gets your juices going as it’s such a shift in the ‘dynamics of culture” Pretty cool guys. 

Hank

PS: Congrats! Patrick on the nice Abercrombie+Fitch promotion.

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Teamwork unites and…

is that ability to bring your individual talents together and work toward a vision… at Portfolio Center teamwork is a hallmark where excellence frames reality. 

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A great team experience suggests that the ordinary will become something extraordinary. Designer Alyssa Blank art directs a photo shoot with Photographer Helenia Peixoto in CEO Gemma Gatti’s office. Photography student Brett Falcon observes and offers counsel.  

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Tenacity, Effort and Satisfaction…

and a job well done defines the end of Spring quarter as Portfolio Center students all finished up. Hard work being what makes it great and then the inevitable becomes awesome work! Shown here turning up their sleeves and working hard are Michael DiCristina, Elizabeth Kelley, Melissa Withorn, Rachel Spence, Matt Michelson, Chris Yoon, Brittany Baum, and Mia Chubarova.

Hank

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What do Portfolio Center Alum’s and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Phish, The Beach Boys, Al Jardine, Bon Iver, The Shins, Foster The People, Alice Cooper, Feist, Mike Love, Skrillex, The Roots, The Misfits, North Mississippi AllStars, Ludacris, Marc Maron…

PC’er’s Jamie Pendergast Eric DewyngaertMegan Kibby, Frank Rauss, and Tim RedmanPuscifer, Santigold, Afrocubism, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, City and Colour, The Civil Wars, Delta Spirit, Laura Marling, Mogwai, Orgone, The Kooks, Kathleen Edwards, Delta Spirit, Red Baraat, Ben Howard Grouplove, The Devil Makes Three, Electric Guest, Fruit Bats— ALL HAVE IN COMMON!?

A. the Fabulous BONNAROO 2012 MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL! 

Bet’cha! if there’s Vip’s, rockstar entourages, social games, competitions-to-magic shows, comedy, and lot’s of GREAT MUSIC and a chance to let your hair down and party it up involved you’ll find happy Portfolio Center grads making the pilgrimage and in the center of it all having a ball and a lot of Fun. 

Hank.

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Brad Gutting Portfolio Center Design Alum speaks at TEDXGateWay Arch,”So…I’d like to discuss the benefits of being a lunatic.”

Brad Gutting, Portfolio Center design alum addresses a TEDxGatewayArch talk: "Overcoming the Element of Blank: Making a Case for Instability and Insanity". His talk was held in St. Louis, MO as part of the TEDxGatewayArch series. Take a listen to his exciting presentation.

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Armchair Media Intern is da ‘Baum!

Brittany Baum, Armchair Media Intern contributes toward some exciting work in helping design this years beautiful book for Modern Atlanta’s (MA) Design Is Human Week and Home Tour and worked on the dynamic design of the “Official” BMW mini car Modern Atlanta 2012 identity.  

Working alongside amazing design mentors Stefan Kjartansson, Creative Director and Partner (also Portfolio Center Faculty Member) and Art Director Kevin Byrd she has applied her talents in helping define some amazing work and cultivated an even wider appreciation of the value of design that applies toward her future career while at Armchair Media.

Brittany is a graduate candidate in Design at Portfolio Center and plans to stay in Atlanta after graduation. She is also a graduate of the Lamar Dodd School of Art of The University of Georgia

Hank.

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Resident Masseuse + Studio Week Is On…

As the ritual of ‘Studio Week’ unfolds at Portfolio Center— here resident designer and ace ‘masseuse Beth Heasley soothes the ‘krazy stress level of designer Melissa Withorn… stay tuned, great work to come from both of them… 

Hank

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Let the Experience Begin… Liquid Design

Student’s improvise, work together, play off each other, they make something— here celebrating their explorations in Modernism, Criticism & Design History class… a conceptual work session lead by fellow student Bailey Andrews about architect Frank Gehry’s theories— how to solve complex, unstructured problems, and news ways to give spirit and feeling to them. They are studying how a designer’s ‘throwiness amongst such a maelstrom allows them to create complex and integrated systems designs as they explore interspersed stories- stories of their stories- and they discover, learn and have Fun.

Students in the class: Bailey Andrews, Beth Heasley, Jess Gerjets, Ruta Jamenis, Mary Catherine Matheny, Meredith Morten, Sarah Thornhill, Whitney Sherrill, Vivian Rodriguez.  

Hank

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Making his Mark

Congrats to Tommy Arnold - taking Best of Show with his Clutch Mother illustrations. Awesome work Tommy!

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Play!

What!? Strategic messaging systems, design and emerging markets?… outlook and annual reports and yes!?, they are studying just that… a class of amazing students play on their quest for answers— one day when they are all so very successful this is what they will remember and that is why they will be successful… Michael Di Cristina, Mia Chubarova, Sarah Gebeyehu, Yuki Kothari, Mallory Westmoreland, Melissa Withorn, Chris Yoon.

Something unanticipated, something not planned. It isn’t a clearly defined moment, or you might never get there— how we teach. how we learn. what is taught, (pg.229)… the conditions are different every day. They’re the ones where exploration and the bravery to be an explorer are the most important qualities. We have to play— to enjoy ourselves because that is what keeps us on our journey. Play inspires us to think Differently. We can break the rules and crash the status quo. Think Walt Disney, Apple, Pixar.

As the legendary designer Paul Rand imagined “Without PLAY, there would be no Picasso.” 

Hank. 

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