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Great Design to Combat Climate Change

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Blog, History, Large Format, Sustainability |

The Green Patriot Poster Wieden + Kennedy

The Green Patriot Poster Exhibition

The Green Patriot Poster exhibition opens August 8, 2014 at Wieden & Kennedy. The exhibition displays beautifully designed posters created to raise awareness and support the battle against global climate change.

In support of this green initiative, Premier Press reproduced the artwork using sustainable UV voc free print direct-to- board, a recycled/recyclable material.


The posters’ environmental messages were inspired by the iconic style of WWII propaganda posters created by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration.  The government agency alleviated unemployment by hiring 8.5 million craftsmen for public works projects with the motto, “Give a man a dole, and you save his body and destroy his spirit. Give him a job and you save both body and spirit.”

In the same spirit, the Green Patriot Poster project communicates the call to make behavioral changes to help save our environment through graphics. The Design Museum Portland stages public exhibitions, events and programs to show the “who, why and how” behind great design and innovative thinking that is part of our everyday lives. Spotlight on how great design incorporated into our environment enhances our everyday lives socially, economically and environmentally.

Come by Wieden & Kennedy, 224 NW 13th Avenue, Portland, Oregon to see this incredible display—and be inspired!

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Portrait of a Family Business

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Blog, History |

“The difference between a doer and a dreamer is action! Do what it takes to make your dreams come to life!

Life in our family was about printing, lithography, and stripping challenges (traditional film imposition — a thing of the past). My parents’ dream was to operate their own business. 1974 was lift-off. Pep (Arnold) and Dee (Diane) borrowed $7000 from grandma and Pep Printing, the original name of the company, opened on a borrowed press in the back of a friend’s stationery store. Wheelsport, a motorcycle parts catalog, and JK Gill, a chain of stationery stores, were our first clients. Six months later, they leased space in NW Portland’s dilapidated warehouse district (now the upscale Pearl District). With the purchase of a Multi press and an Itek paper plate camera, we were in it for the long haul!

Catalogs were updated weekly and Wednesday nights were collating nights at our house. When full catalog updates came in, Mom, Dad, and all three of us kids spent whole weekends walking around lines of tables gathering pages. After a few years of collating, running a multi, and shooting film with a monster 20-foot-long process camera, I was having difficulty seeing the glamour of it all.

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Turkey Traders

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 in Blog, Featured, History |

Pavo, Peace Eagle, Guinea Fowl, the turkey, Genus Meleagris, a colorful bird with a colorful history. In the 1540’s merchants who brought birds, the Guinea Fowl, from Madagascar through the country of Turkey, earned the nickname of Turkey Traders (after the country). The nickname migrated to the bird which people began to call Turkey Fowl. When american settlers saw their first true turkeys, a native North American bird that resembled the Guinea Fowl, they dubbed it Turkey Fowl, after it’s look-alike.

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