About


 

The Principal

Nathan Savage resides in Oregon 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 carried exclusively by Target.

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.

The Pilcrow

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. A hidden character signifying the beginning of another line of thought makes a fitting icon for a graphic design teacher.

Inspired by foundational design principles, the mark can be easily replicated using Franklin Gothic Extra Condensed, three squares, and a circle.