Who designed the swoosh? What was the 2017 Pantone color of the year? What color was Frank Ocean’s debut album? Join This for a lively night of design trivia. Rally your friends, peers or your studio in teams of 4–6 people, and go head-to-head with Portland State students, staff, and some of our favorite agencies around town. Don't have a team? They will find you a match. If you don't want to play, you're welcome to stop by The Wayback for drinks, distraction, heckling and a sound experience and dance party courtesy of Never Home Music. Doors open at 7:00pm for check in and sign up, with the trivia game starting promptly at 7:30pm. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the PSU Graphic Design program.

In advance of the April 19th event, we spoke with Kylie Freeman from This to get the scoop on what you can expect from the evening. We tried to wrangle some hot tips for you—read on to see if we were successful!


DWP: Could you tell us the story behind choosing trivia for your Design Week event?

This: This event reflects our culture as a studio at This. We constantly dig into design new and old, and look for unconventional inspiration. We might be a little competitive, too. In the midst of the various lectures, workshops, and open houses during Design Week, we wanted to create a unique event for our community—newbies to industry heavies—to collaborate and compete. This is not a traditional, mellow trivia night format. Forest Pond of Never Home Music will sync sound with visual questions, while teams compete against the beautifully designed Wayback space.

DWP: Do you have any tips for the over-preparers? What should they study up on?

This: Bring your team of 4–6 or come solo and make friends. There will be several rounds of game play that include classic question/answer formatting, as well as visual translation and identification of popular design. There’s no real way to cram and it’s unnecessary because it ain’t gonna be rocket science. The questions will span from classic graphic design history to pop culture. You can get a feel for the type of questions by keeping tabs on our Instagram. We’re expecting teams from PSU, Instrument, and OMFGCO—all of which have self-predicted a landslide win. Needless to say, bragging rights are on the line.

DWP: This is donating the proceeds from the event to the PSU design program. Could you tell us a little about your connection to PSU, and why you are supporting the program?

This: We wanted to support our local community. A few This designers attended PSU and went through the graphic design program. There is a lot of talent that comes from the program that has significantly contributed to Portland's creative ecosystem and cultural relevance. It was an easy decision to promote higher design education when funding for the arts is becoming less of a priority.

DWP: What projects has This done lately that you're excited to share?

This: There are a lot of exciting projects happening in the studio right now. We’re working on the next wave of case studies and our 2018 reel will land at www.this.design soon. Expect to see brand and digital work featuring projects with: a local leading architectural firm; a backcountry snowboard lodge; a Mid-Western boutique hotel; a classic home goods manufacturer; and an electric motorcycle company.


Event Details

Where: The Wayback, 4719 N Albina Ave
When: Thursday, April 19, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Organizer: This
Cost: $10

Visit the event page to register.