Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Alumni Desi McKinnon

Please check out the latest work of SDCC graphic design alumni Desi McKinnon that will be featured in Communication Arts this December. Desi works for Conover and you must see this gorgeous brochure she designed for NatureMaker.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

AIGA San Diego City College Student Chapter

San Diego City College has a dynamic student chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Please visit this blog to find out about all the great things they are doing and to participate in activities like workshops, studio and print shop tours and of course the San Diego AIGA Y Conference.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Darya Dotorksky and the Urban Trees Project

Darya Dotorksky who won the illustration category at the AIGA San Diego Portfolio Review recently unveiled an urban tree. She took 2 sculpture classes at City College and Professor Terri Hughes-Oelrich casually mentioned that she should submit a proposal for the Urban Trees project this year. It was only 1 week before the deadline and she had to think fast so she made one of her drawings into a sculpture. Darya submitted the model to the Port's Public Art Committee for the Urban Trees 6 project and was selected in a field of only 30 artists. The finished sculpture is now exhibited on the North Embarcadero for 1 year; located right next to Anthony's restaurant.

If you are interested to see the process of how this sculpture was built, please visit her newly minted blog -

Design Concept:
Title - APollo Del Sol
Dimensions -11 ft high x 6 ft wide
Material - Marine grade plywood
The title of the sculpture “APollo Del Sol” is combined from Spanish ”a chick of the sun” and Apollo - a god of light and the sun; truth and prophecy; medicine and healing; music, poetry, and the art. The firebird and its twin “icebird” symbolize several conceptually connected dual elements - sun and moon, day and night, life and death, fire and ice. In China, Phoenix-like bird is used to represent females. It is also said that Phoenix can heal a person with a tear from its eyes and make them temporarily immune to death. The female birds in my design are carrying an egg, a symbol of new life, rebirth and hope.