AIGA Portland is creating a zine about finding inspiration in our fine city, as well as the wilds of Oregon, as a way to overcome creative roadblocks. The goal of the zine is to engage Portland’s creative community in a participatory project that will result in a collection of artwork reflective of who we are as a community, while also providing inspiration for those times when the ideas just aren’t coming. Most importantly: We want you to be a part of it!

Together we’ll create a visual narrative portraying what Portland is to our creative community. Select entries will be printed as a Scout Book that can be used to find new sights to see and new creative connections to make, and all submissions will appear in full color on the blog.

How it works

STEP 1: Download your template (Illustrator, InDesign, .pdf).

STEP 2: DESIGN YOUR PAGE (your submission will be 1 page of a spread). Your template has two lines at the outside edges that are meant to be incorporated into your design so that your page will link to the others, forming an exquisite corpse landscape (not actually related to dead bodies). View the zine blog for samples, or read more on Wikipedia.

EXQUISITE CORPSE: a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed.—Wikipedia

Examples of submissions from the zine blog. Each panel is a submission.

Build your page in one of the three template files provided.

Be sure your native file meets the relevant requirement below:
•Photoshop: 300 dpi resolution
•Illustrator: Fonts outlined
•InDesign: Packaged file (including linked images and fonts)

Before you submit your work, be sure you have these items ready to upload:
•Your collected native file
•Low-resolution pdf

Name your files using the following convention:

Final booklets will be printed in black and white, but online versions will display the original artwork colors.

Submit your files > (link to



The submission deadline has been extended to Nov. 30th, so get crackin’!
We’ll print as many as we can, and will post the rest online. Preference will be given to current AIGA members for inclusion in the printed zine.

Have questions?

Email And here’s that upload link again, in case you’re just skimming.



  • Hillerns

    Another excellent project, guys! I can’t wait to see how this one plays out.

    17 Oct 2:28 PM
  • Jane Pellicciotto

    Love the idea! Downloading a template now.

    17 Oct 2:33 PM