Environmental Design (also known as Sustainable Design) is an area that extends interior design in broader directions, often with elements of architecture and graphic design included. As the name implies, it involves creating the entire environment of a space, whether inside or outside. Much of this work is in commercial projects, where it may cover lighting, signage, traffic patterns, furniture, and much more – in short, anything that shapes a space for human use. Three-dimensional and spatial abilities are key in this field, as is an understanding of social and human processes.
Rebecca Gilbert (Pacific Northwest College of Art, BFA ##### ’97) of Stumptown Printers has been at the heart of Portland’s independent publishing scene for over a decade.
Standing in the cavernous, 4,500-square-foot shop letterpress and print shop Stumptown Printers, the clickity-clack of presses creates an intoxicating rhythm. The oily smell of ink draws visitors in further, while the vibrant collection of posters produced by this co-operative becomes a feast for the eyes. Stumptown Printers is not your typical print shop and PNCA alumna Rebecca Gilbert, one of its founders, is not your typical entrepreneur.