Join us in the South Park Blocks for music, art, food vendors, performances, family activities and more. Paseo is a free event inspired by strolls through the streets of Spain and is conceived and curated by a committee of BIPOC social justice and arts leaders. See you in the park!
Next week join Mayer/Reed at the SEGD 2022 Conference in Portland where we’ll share our work and the value of collaboration, inclusive process and design rigor with the experiential graphic design community.
Context of Design PDX+SEGD – The conference will kick-off with event chairs—Kathy Fry, SEGD President, Mayer/Reed Principal; Alper Yurtseven, Mayer/Reed Senior Designer; and Traci Sym, SEGD Vice-President, Plus & Greater Than—presenting a local look at wayfinding, digital, exhibition, brand, interior and placemaking.
PDXNext Tour – Mayer/Reed Associate Bryan Stevens and Senior Designer Alper Yurtseven, along with Irene Ng (Port of Portland) and Dan Meeker (HOK), will lead a tour of the transformative Portland International Airport expansion and share the Signage and Wayfinding Master Plan development and implementation. Mayer/Reed is leading the signage and wayfinding implementation design throughout the PDXNext projects.
Columbia River Gorge Tour – Mayer/Reed Associate Debbie Shaw, along with Renee Tkach (Friends of the Columbia River Gorge), will lead a tour of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. Amidst breathtaking waterfalls and viewpoints, they’ll discuss interpretation, education and wayfinding projects that ensure the Gorge remains wondrous, wild and open to all. Mayer/Reed’s work includes the Vista House, Towns to Trails, Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway Trail signage, Travel Oregon Bike Hubs and an accessible trails project.
TriMet Transit Tour – Mayer/Reed Senior Designer Rob Wente will lead a tour of the MAX light rail system and new BRT bus line with Jesse Stemmler and Fiona Lyon of TriMet. They’ll explore the TriMet brand, station design, wayfinding, art and integration of bike friendly design. Mayer/Reed’s work includes the Portland Transit Mall, Orange Line, Division Street Transit and the Tilikum Crossing.
Exciting changes are underway at Errol Heights Park in Southeast Portland, where neighbors are seeing beginnings of the design they’ve helped shape. Construction crews are preparing the site for improvements that will occur over the next year. Mayer/Reed worked with Portland Parks & Recreation and the neighborhood on a design for the 16-acre park that will provide trails for barrier-free access, inclusive play opportunities, community gardens and picnic areas on the upper plateau. The park’s lower natural areas and pond—locally known for wildlife habitat—will be protected and a new outdoor classroom will welcome school groups.
This Saturday, the community is invited to a meet and greet event at the park to learn more about the work ahead. The improved Errol Heights Park is planned for completion in 2023.
On June 16-18 the long-awaited SEGD Portland Conference will welcome the global design community to meet in person after a two-year delay due to the pandemic.
This year a key theme is mentorship and creating access for BIPOC and young designers. As an example, one session in the agenda will feature three Portland area non-profits—Architectural Foundation of Oregon, Comma, and Diversity in Design—engaged in mentorship and community programs seeking to empower BIPOC communities and allies while connecting them within design fields. Together these groups will lead a workshop focused on the impact of informal and formal mentorship programs from high school to working professional.
Mentorship is also central in planning the conference. As conference co-chairs, Kathy Fry, Traci Sym and I collaborated with students in the Portland State University Graphic Design Department’s Design Club to develop conference branding. It was an exciting real-world opportunity with valuable hands-on experience for the students—and a lot of fun for us! They developed a bold, vibrant visual language for media graphics, signage, stage backdrops, tote bags and badges, and a custom bike donated for the SEGD Auction.
Working with the students has reminded me of the saying, “you get out, what you put in.” As a professional designer with over 25 years in this field, the mentoring experience allowed me to shed my seasoned designer lens and look at the world of design from the perspective of young and upcoming designers. It is rewarding and stimulating. I have shared my career observations with them, and they have opened my eyes with curiosity, personal stories and excitement for the future of design. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to devote time to build a connection with these promising designers.
I hope you will join us at the SEGD conference to see their work, share your experience and build bonds with our design community.
Alper Yurtseven: Mayer/Reed Designer
Traci Sym: +&> Principal, SEGD Vice-President
Kathy Fry: Mayer/Reed Principal, SEGD President