January 17, 2021
The 2020 Strategy + Foresight class explored the what, how, and why of personal and societal values. In particular, what symbolic systems do we use for signaling and promoting our values, and how might we design better ones? We call these value-signaling systems: currencies.
The class of six Collaborative Design MFA / Design Systems MA students, led by faculty member Howard Silverman, worked from August to December 2020 to learn foresight techniques, explore currency design, and consider how we might use these techniques to engage in the currency space. The students were: Humaira Tasneem, Jono Melamed, Betsy Lance, Jake Crahan, Samantha Caruthers-Knight, SJ Bowden.
The class concluded with a publication and a panel discussion with currency design experts: Jean Russell, Michael Linton, and Siddharth Sthalekar.
Link to the publication: “What Counts: Signaling Our Values Through Creative Currencies" [pdf]
Link to the video: “Why Currency Design Matters”
2023 MFA Thesis Exhibition Announcement
We are thrilled to announce Pacific Northwest College of Art's 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibition!
On view across three locations in downtown Portland, Oregon May 4 ~ May 21, 2023
Please join us for a First Thursday Opening Reception on May 4 from 5pm - 8pm!
Graduate Lecture Series: Stuart Getty
Feb 22 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Stuart Getty is a writer and brand strategist with 15 years’ experience leading teams and storytelling. With a love for strategic communication and branding, Stuart is also a filmmaker (TEDx, Portland Film Festival and Oregon Room at Sundance) and leads with an emphasis on authentic storytelling and emotional connection.
Graduate Lecture Series Recap with Rehanah Spence
The Collaborative Design program was so excited to host renowned designer Rehanah Spence who gave a lecture on the span of her career trajectory.
Graduate Lecture Series: Rehanah Spence
Lecture presented by PNCA’s MFA in Collaborative Design + MA in Design Systems programs
Feb 8th, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Graduate Lecture Series: Nashin Mahtani
The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies is thrilled to welcome humanitarian designer, architect, theorist, activist and artist Nashin Mahtani!
December 1, 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm