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Provides a gathering point for designers and enthusiasts by producing design competitions, lecture series, parties, and exhibits. Also publishes articles, discussion forums, an extensive event calendar, hosts portfolios, job listings, a database of design firms, schools, vendors and services.
An extensive online community, discussion forum, news source, archive, etc. about design’s role in society, culture, and change.
AIGA - American Institute of Graphic Arts
A non-profit professional organization for designers that seeks to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. Website provides information about the organization and its publications and activities.
The website for the Portland, OR chapter of the AIGA.
Portland Creative List
Portland's creative resource for Graphic Design, Photography, Web Design & Development, and Advertising professionals. Features a great job board listing both salaried and freelance opportunities, plus valuable resources for the self-employed.
The Creative Finder
A social network for designers and other creatives.
The Art Institutes - Career Blueprint
A series of podcasts that seeks to provide career-related information and ideas for aspiring artists. Each episode is about five minutes long and filled with tips, techniques and practical advice.
One of the most visited destinations online for freelance and job seeking creative professionals. Explore and post portfolios. Search for jobs.
Hosts a large, established, and diverse pool of professional creative portfolios. Also features an active Job Board specifically targeted at designers and other creative professionals.
Hosts free standing personal websites and allows members to build personal networks to follow and comment on the work of others, building a reputation with the broader community. Apply for membership by sharing a sample of your work.
Graphic Design Porfolios - Dexigner
A directory listing porfolios for individual designers in Canada, the US and the UK.
Creative Staffing & Recruitment
Offices in New York City and Portland, OR.
Offices in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Based in Portland, OR.
Right Brain Resource
Based in Portland, OR.
The Creative Group
Specializes in placing highly skilled creative, advertising, marketing, web and public relations professionals with a variety of firms. Offices throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Professional Practice & Careers
Becoming a Graphic Designer: a guide to careers in design by
Call Number: Request via Summit
Publication Date: 2010
Filled with interviews and advice from leading designers, this book covers interactive design, information design, motion, educational training, portfolio preparation, getting a job, and much more.
How to Be a Graphic Designer: without losing your soul by
Call Number: NC1001 .S53 2005
Addresses the concerns of young designers who want to earn a living by doing expressive and meaningful work, and who want to avoid becoming hired drones working on soulless projects. Written by a designer for designers, it combines practical advice with philosophical guidance to help young professionals embark on their careers.
What Is Graphic Design For? by
Call Number: NC997 .T893 2006
Explores issues that shape contemporary design: economics; ethics; technology; multimedia communication; theory and developments in other fields that impact globally on local cultures.
How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer by
Call Number: NC1000 .M55 2007
Publication Date: 2007
In honest and revealing interviews, nineteen designers, including Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Beirut, David Carson, and Milton Glaser, share their approaches, processes, opinions, and thoughts about their work with noted brand designer Debbie Millman.
100 Habits of Successful Graphic Designers by
Call Number: NC997 .A15 2003
Takes readers step-by-step through the entire design process--from landing a client to managing workflow and in-house dynamics to fueling creativity and perfecting a final project.
100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People by
Call Number: NK1510 .W45 2011
Combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With it you'll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that matches the way people think, work, and play.