Monday, April 14, 2014

San Diego City College Alumni Etah Chen designs chairs to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the AIGA

Like San Diego City College, AIGA, the professional association for design is celebrating it's centennial year. AIGA is committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. At SDCC Graphic Design we have a dynamic student chapter.
SDCC Graphic Design Alumni Etah Chen [graduated 2013] was selected to use his artful calligraphic skills on a chair celebrating this event. Art directed by SDCC alumni, adjunct Professor Min Choi who teaches identity and packaging at City and SDCC alumni Joel Sotelo. Sharing the stunning result and congratulations Etah, Min and Joel for your hard work.

Chair designed by Etah Chen to represent AIGA San Diego for the AIGA National Centennial Celebration

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Alumni Chris Ford gives back in a big way by hosting a WordPress Workshop at City.

Alicia Lopez snapped this candid at break.

Chris chats with Rolando and grabs a drink at break.

Lunch at Influx-that's Chris Ford 3rd from the left with a million dollar smile.

From Chris: I didn’t go to college right after high school
It took me a few years of waiting tables and making bad decisions to decide that a higher education might, in fact, be a good idea. It sounded a lot better than being a 70-year-old Denny’s waitress who rode the bus to work. (At the time I was working the graveyard shift slinging Grand Slams and futilely hoping a book and earphones would discourage the more aggressive weirdos from striking up conversations on my daily commute. It didn’t.)
When I decided to start my higher education I chose San Diego City College because I could afford it and I could get there. Fortunately this community college had a graphic design program, and the course of my life changed. I met Candice Lopez, and she ignited a passion for graphic design in me that lives on today.

Every class you take is leading up to Portfolio

Students review all the projects they’ve completed over the course of their education, refine them, hire a photographer and art direct a photo shoot of any three-dimensional projects, and put everything together in a book that’s judged by top industry professionals at the annual AIGA Student Portfolio Review.
Local schools including SDSU, the Art Institute and Point Loma Nazarene College compete. The winners take home scholarships sponsored by local design firms that range from $1000 for first place to $250 for category winners. Last year over $5,000 in scholarships were given out. I’m proud to say that my little community college still kicks. (check out this list—we swept the top three spots last year winning 14 of the 16 awards)
It’s deserved, too—the department has been filled with talent for years. A lot of graduates get scholarships and continue their educations at Art Center and other top design schools. Alumni have held positions like the Creative Director at top local agency Digitaria to manager of the Communication Design team at Facebook—even as the Design Director of the 2012 Obama re-election campaign.

Our portfolios were our ten best projects. They were photographed or output at a service bureau, then mounted and flapped on black board. Most students spent a lot of time having intricate portfolio cases designed and fabricated. It could get pretty pricey, at least on my limited budget. Plus you had to ship the whole shebang to any potential employers or schools. That meant only one person at a time could see your portfolio. So I went a different route.

I had fallen in love with Director and the REM interactive floppy disk-based press kit for Monster. I decided to put out a 100% “interactive” portfolio. My only costs were printing the labels and cases, and having the executable file burned to a CD-ROM (There were no home CD burners yet, and I knew it wasn’t going to fit on a floppy). That portfolio led to the job that taught me HTML, and my career path was set.

On April 11 I’ll head back to my old stomping grounds. I’ve volunteered to teach a WordPress workshop to the entire graduating class. I’m excited that I have the opportunity to enable a new generation of graphic designers to use WordPress to get a job, get into art school, or start their own freelancing journey.



The graduating class and design faculty want to let you know how much we appreciate the amazing job you did giving the gift of WordPress to our graduates. You are making such a difference for us and we can't wait to connect with you again in May to polish those websites. Special thanks goes out to Flywheel because they are all about building strong designers. The six months of free hosting will really help these students hit the ground running. Hats off to the plethora of generous donors who helped fund this workshop and subscriptions to Elegant Themes. Chris hosted a Crowdtilt campaign and raised $1,195 for this endeavor. We plan to thank each and every one of you when we get your names! It was fun, educational, informative, empowering and FREE to students who really deserved this terrific opportunity.

Monday, March 24, 2014

CuriositY Conference Follow up 2014

Thanks to SDCC graphic design student James Allen for posting this great informational piece on the Y Conference.
Y Conference Presenters

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Journey of the 2014 Commencement Speaker: Josh Higgins

On May 23, 2014 San Diego City College will celebrate our 100th commencement. The centennial commencement speaker is one of our own. Josh Higgins, a City College graphic design graduate, talks about his incredible journey to become Design Director of the 2012 Obama re-election campaign and his time at City College. This wonderful video was a collaboration between San Diego City College Graphic Design & Radio TV students Aliya Bora & Cassarah Coffey. Kudos to them for their fantastic work on this video. 

To view the video go to this link

Here's a video another design alumni Garrett Patz produced with Josh worth watching:
What's in your heart:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

UNITE 2014

SDCC thanks Clive Piercy for sharing his wisdom and passion at UNITE 2014.

Photos courtesy of Ruben Hernandez

Friday, January 31, 2014

Happy 100th Birthday City College!

We wanted to celebrate the San Diego City College Centennial with graphic design. In the Fall 2013 semester our Centennial Branding class taught by Sean Bacon and Candice López worked to create a wide variety of projects to commemorate the 100th anniversary of our college. Many of these projects were produced and some never make it off the drawing board. Thanks to our good friends at MiresBall for creating the identity and brand guidelines. Scott Mires and Dylan Jones met with our students to help them along the way. This was such a great learning process. With this post we share the exceptional work of our students.

We want to express our sincere thanks to President Lynn Neault, Vice President Randy Barnes and past President Terrence Burgess for their vision to make the Centennial Branding class a reality. The support of our Visual & Performing Arts department chairs Wayne Hulgin, June Richards and Alicia Rincon is over the top. We also tip our hat to two terrific colleagues in Public Relations, Heidi Bunkowske and Jamie Netherland who were a big part of our team. Thanks to professional photographer Stephen Simpson who shot City College's phenomenal dancers for the theatre and dance posters at the end of the post. Our colleagues Dave Eichinger, David King and George Tubon in the photography program generously lent us studio space to shoot the theatre and dance poster imagery. Photography students delivered incredible shots of our new architecture and campus to use in promoting the centennial. We couldn't have done it without SDCC Adjunct Professor Paul Drohan for support on the wallpaper and City Moves application. Paul is a City College alumni and the Design Director at Digitaria. We salute our good friends at MiresBall, Scott Mires and Dylan Jones. Thanks to Professor Duane Gardella for his inspiring work on the 2014 Martin Luther King float and collaboration with our student designers.

The biggest shout goes out to San Diego City College Graphic Design students for their dedication and amazing work!

In an effort to bring Artist Shepard Fairey to exhibit at our new gallery
Russian nesting dolls were handmade featuring his iconic designs and packaged in a wooden crate.

The crate was hand delivered to Shepard Fairey's office in Los Angeles by students.

Brainstorming for an identity system and name for the new campus art gallery. The gallery name is still to be determined.

An adaptable, flexible identity system for the new gallery.

Gallery Visualizations by Bradford Prarie and Donovan Salazaar
Concepts to update the old college seal [see old seals below] for the Centennial led by Bradford Prarie and Richard Apocada

History of the Old College Seals from 1958 and 1968

Banners designed by Environmental team: Sam Spratt, Cage Langill, Aliya Bora and Devan Moore

Cityscape Cake poster design and illustration by Gina Brereton

Lulubi Garcia delivers the brand language with a dose of our new architecture and graduates

Alumni Book Timeline-Team: Luis Hernandez, Yvonne Anaya and Alicia Brianne López

Sharing the stats that make City College one of a kind-unique!

Custom buttons for the graduation sash to celebrate campus programs

Graduation Sash and Buttons designed by Satomi Yuinawa

Graduation Program design team Denise Vega, Rosa Jijon and Satomi Yuinawa

Downtown bus shelters designed by Lulubi Garcia
Denise Vega crafts an option for the 100th commencement program

Rosa Jijon visualizes a new diploma cover

Wallpaper for campus computers. Thanks to Web Design Professor Paul Drohan for Creative Direction.

City College inspires people to change their lives.

Tradition of student success

Designers created a variety of wallpapers to celebrate student success

For 100 years we've been changing lives, inside the classroom and beyond.

We inspire change on the campus and across the community.

Celebrating a century of success and a vision for tomorrow. 

Preparing the next generation to lead the next century. 

San Diego thrives at City.

Apparel designs using the Centennial symbol.

Envisioning a new seal to promote campus pride.

Lanyards with a message.

Striking caps.

The class was partial to this design featuring a revised seal.

Patterned brims

Beach gear for SDCC 

Exploring brand language

This concept fueled the Martin Luther King float for 2014.

Environmental Design by Cage Langill, Sam Spratt, Aliya Bora and Devan Moore

Spreads for the Centennial History Book.

Kudos to our college historian for documenting the City College Story

Original photographic compositions to represent the decades. 

Design Concepts for the 9th Annual International Book Fair feature erasable chalk art

Book fair postcard with a perforated bookmark.

Clever Urban Buttons to express Book Passion.

Customized book bags.

Design Concepts for the World Cultures Program express Education without Boundaries

A World of Cultures in the Heart of San Diego

Banners for the Library would hang from a curtain rod 

Concepts for a new phone app City Moves. Thanks to Paul Drohan for creative direction.

Theatre and Dance Program team is Richard Apodaca, Rosa Jijon and Isa Morse.

Professional photographer Stephen Simpson got some amazing shots of City College dancers.

Richard Apocada art directed the photo shoot with choreographer Professor Alicia Rincon and Candice López

Martin Luther King Parade Float-the handiwork of Duane Gardella and SDCC Graphic Design student Sam Spratt