Nathan Savage resides in Oregon with his wife and two children, and serves as the head of the Graphic Design Program at Portland Community College. While earning a BFA in Communication Design in his home state of Texas, he completed a summer internship with the New York office of Pentagram. Prior to moving to the Pacific Northwest, Nathan worked for a decade in NYC developing creative solutions at Red Herring Design. Much of this work can be seen in book stores, juke boxes, television sets, and a line of womens footwear sold at Target stores.
As a graphic design educator, Nathan is dedicated to preparing his students for creative careers in a highly competitive market. His classroom instruction is based on the idea that talent can only thrive when supported by hard work and good design is in the details.
In addition to having work published in a couple recent issues of Communication Arts, his music package designs have been the primary graphic influence behind the platinum selling Ken Burns Jazz collection and a Grammy nominated boxed set for SONY Music. He has been a member of the Type Directors Club for over 15 years and continually pesters his students about typography. He can often be seen photographing old letterforms around whatever town is nearby.
As fanatics of brand identity and typography, it may be helpful to learn about Principal Type's logo. Before the use paragraphs, a symbol at the end of a sentence was used to indicate further elaboration of a written concept. Over time it developed into a pilcrow and became used for paragraph returns.
Whether scattered throughout an authors words or structuring a programmers code, the pilcrow remains invisible. This hidden character, signifying the beginning of another line of thought, makes a fitting icon for Principal Type’s educational focus.
Inspired by foundational design principles, the mark can be easily replicated using Franklin Gothic Extra Condensed, three squares, and a circle.