Marvelous Marilyn. That’s what they called her at Portland’s influential freelancers collective, Studio 1030, where Marilyn Holsinger was the group’s only woman artist in 1960. Marilyn was marvelous by all accounts, but also a serious career woman. She held 11 design positions across 40 years and three states. She worked for ad agencies, newspapers and universities. Her clients included: Meier & Frank, Viewmaster, Revlon, the San Francisco Examiner, Oregon State University (OSU) and countless others. The references on her resume are a list of who’s who in the Portland design scene of that era. She was exuberant and stylish, athletic and a natural leader. She was cracking the glass ceiling just by showing up and doing her best work with grace. “I don’t remember her feeling like what she was doing was groundbreaking,” reflects her daughter Joan. “If anything she was just a woman before her time.” Read More
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Congratulations! You moved to Portland to start your career as a graphic designer. You’ve just joined the ranks of the young, gifted and under-employed. Before you thrown in your organic cotton towel and head to the barista stand, try these foolproof tips to achieving creative success in the weirdest city in America.
Forget all the portfolio rules and marketing guidelines you learned at that Midwestern state school. In Portland, we do things differently. We value the obscure, the weird, the artisan, and the independent. So ditch that insurance brochure from your portfolio and re-vamp your image Portland-style.
“I had a crush on the Jantzen smile girl, Dolores Hawkins,” relates Tom Lincoln with a grin.
“One of my first assignments was for Pendleton, to help direct the photography for an ad in front of Robinson’s Department Store in Los Angeles,” Tom recalled. “In the ad, we were using a lamb as a part of the wool story. The photographer brought models from New York City. One of the models was Cheryl Tiegs, who went on to become the most photographed in the world.”
Tom Lincoln, now 76, is a man with kind eyes, a quick smile, and big ideas. I met Tom over breakfast (and multiple cups of coffee) in Eugene this summer to discuss his Portland beginnings, his influences, and his varied career successes.
If a council were formed to determine a list of the “Founding Fathers” of the Portland design community, Byron Ferris’s name would have to be near the top of that list. Sure, there were others who grew to be big-wigs in advertising, but you’d be hard pressed to find someone as talented, influential and well-loved as Byron.
Born in Portland in 1921, Byron’s creativity and organizational skills developed early; he drew his first cartoons for his classmates and for money at age nine. While attending Jefferson High School, class of 1939, he formed the Korny Kartoon Klub with fellow schoolmates which kicked off a lifetime of writing, entertaining, drawing and telling “korny” jokes. In the second entry in our series, Portland Design in the 1960s, we honor Byron Ferris, Portland’s “Dean of Design.”
The 1960s design scene in Portland had some things that may seem familiar to designers today: passionate creatives, a small community, and a collaborative work ethic. Out of this creative pool emerged Byron Ferris, Bennet Norrbo, and Charles Politz, three men whose careers overlapped, who influenced each other and yet left their mark in distinctly different ways. They worked to develop some of Portland’s biggest brands like Jantzen and Pendleton — defining the city’s stake in outdoor and athletic wear.
Charles Politz (standing left) planning the Oregon Centennial exhibition
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson St
Before the swoosh there was the Jantzen Diving Girl.
Against the backdrop of political unrest, women’s liberation, and the sexual revolution, a new creative industry began to rise in post-war era Portland. Advertising agencies and commercial artists worked with local brands such as Jantzen, Reed College and Pendleton to lay the groundwork of the design profession for generations of creatives to come.
The event will feature readings from 10 of the 77 authors who contributed and a social hour with drinks, music and lots of book browsing. Swap books with your fellow citizens of Portland and write yearbook-style messages. Meet the contributors of the project and exchange ideas for future story submissions.
I am thrilled to announce that Brain Food, an exploratory creative activity deck for kids, has landed in the hands of Portland public school teachers. Brain Food is the result of a three year partnership which I lead between The Right Brain Initiative and AIGA Portland when I served as Design for Good Chair on their Board. Brain Food is a tool to help teachers and parents ignite creative thinking.Purchase
The exposition kicks off with the exhibit, “Cabinet of Curiosity” on view July 23rd – September 7th. “Cabinet” will feature wild, weird and familiar objects pulled straight from the pages of Our Portland Story Volumes 1 &2. Follow up events include everything from an improv show based off Our Portland Story narratives to an investigation of stories associated with place. With all events, we hope to use the power of story to see our city through another’s eyes.