Welcome y’all. I’m Taryn. 🖤

taryn.cowart@gmail.com
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I’m an Associate Creative Director at Instrument, a digital agency here in PDX, where I co-lead a ☁️ Dream-y 🌈 creative team. Over the past year and a half, I’ve helped launch websites for Greenhouse, Pace Gallery, Intercom and Charge Bikes, re-named disinformation technology start-ups, facilitated a play based on a very wild few days on Slack, and written an article for Figma’s designsystems.com

Instrument has been fun. I’m developing my own kind of collaborative leadership style and loving pitching new business.

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Before that, I worked at Rumors. My favorite job ever. We built a lo-fi, easily-updateable site for Sister City. We concepted a browser-based version of Unity. We made websites with Glowbox and a hiking-themed experimental Zion/Chicago hybrid game app with Clifbar. And I got to occasionally design book covers for Verso.

In past lives, I was a designer for Ace Hotel and Scout Books, and did a ton of work with Design Portland and a social practice conference called Open Engagement. I’ve freelanced all over town too, made lots of websites for my mom, and a logo for Magic Mike Live in Las Vegas. 

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When I’m lucky, I get to teach classes and workshops at Portland State University:

Winter 2020
WKSP, Brand, Interface, and Prototype, PSU

Fall 2019
DES 441, Interaction Design, PSU

Winter 2018
ART 471, Design Thesis I, Portland State University

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Other stuff…

I gave my first talk this winter at First Round. 

Last summer, my colleague Violet Peña and I did a residency at The Strange Foundation in upstate New York.

I wrote a short piece for Desk Lunch.