Monday, November 8, 2010

Book Arts Classes at SDCC this Spring!

Exciting new course offering at City College:

This course explores the 20 th century popular art form -- the hand - made art book. Students will investigate a variety of structures, materials and techniques used in the construction of traditional and contemporary book arts. Students will focus on both form and content by combining image, word and structure into an art object. Structures and techniques covered in course are as follows:
1. Accordion binding (with variation)
2. Triangle book
3. Paste Paper
4. Single leaf fold structure
5. Hardcover single signature part binding
6. Wire edge binding
7. Diamond Maze Book
8. Japanese binding
9. Folders and soft wrap
10. Pop-up techniques
11. Portfolio pocket, pamphlet stitch binding
12. Embossing/Debossing
13. Altered Books
14. Paper cut outs
15. Boxes
16. Collage methods and altered surface techniques

This course is designed for students from a variety of backgrounds; portfolio students, graphic designers, fine artists, and the begin student with no art background. The open ended curriculum allows students to explore their personal artistic voice while engaging in hands on projects.

ARTG 149 Studio Practices

CRN 03696 Tu/Thus. 2:30 - 5:10
CRN 08943 F 3:00 - 9:30

Note: The information about this course in the online schedule for City College is misprinted. Please disregard the description which states that this class is about working in a studio setting with non-profit organizations. You do not need to submit a portfolio to enroll for the class. You may just enroll in the course as you do in other courses. If you have further questions please contact Professor Andrea Singer at

AIGA SDCC Student Chapter Book Arts Workshop

Get exposed to Book Arts at this upcoming workshop November 13, 2010 from 9:30am-12:30pm with Sibyl Rubottom at Bay Park Press. This event will wet your appetite to sign up for the dynamic Book Arts Classes offered at San Diego City College this Spring with Professor Andrea Singer.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

SDCC AIGA Student Chapter Announcements

SDCC AIGA is Looking Forward to a Great
2010/2011 Academic Year

The San Diego City College (SDCC) chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) has organized itself for the 2010/2011 academic year.

As always, new members are welcome and are encouraged to get involved. Check out the SDCC AIGA link above, and email if you can help out! But first, you need to become an AIGA member.

Luckily, the AIGA is having a student membership drive, which offers membership at a discounted rate of only $50 if you are a full-time student and join before October 31, 2010. If you are a part-time student and are wondering if you qualify for this discount, please inquire with the AIGA. This is a great deal because the regular Student level annual dues are $95, and the Associate and Professional level annual dues are $230 and $315, respectively. Take advantage of this low rate! Please visit the JOIN link to learn about membership benefits.

Questions? Email

Workshops Being Planned
In your design classes, you may have received a survey regarding workshop topics. Thanks to your feedback and to SDCCD AIGA's wonderful volunteers, two workshops are now being organized for this Fall. One will be on Design Production and the other on Book Arts. Be sure to check back often for news, updates, and upcoming workshop dates.

EVENT: Design Production Workshop
Date: October 29, 2010
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm
Location: Diego & Son Printing
2104 National Ave.
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 233-5373
Cost: Free to SDCC AIGA Members
RSVP: by October 26, 2010

Our first workshop this year is just around the corner! We will have the opportunity to learn more about Design Production.

Professor Digital Diego of Diego & Son Printing, Inc. will teach workshop attendees about how to save a PDF, correct page layout, 4-color CMYK and spot colors, how to add bleeds, using transparency, and more. Learn from a professional printing business how to set up your files and also what they're doing to keep their shop “green.”

Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot for this informative workshop.

Heads-Up for Upcoming Book Arts Workshop
Date: November 13, 2010
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Cost: TBD (small fee per person to offset instructor and materials costs)

In November we will have the opportunity to learn more about Book Arts from artist Sibyl Rubottom at Bay Park Press.

This workshop will cover a brief history of book arts with examples of eastern and western style book bindings. A glossary of book arts and binding terms will be provided along with a book list and source list. 
Workshop attendees will make an eight page book from a single sheet of paper. A second book structure will be made with an accordion binding.
Workshop attendees will then proceed to learn how to cover boards for book covers.
The final piece will have a soft spine, sewn binding with hard covers.

Seats are limited to 15-18 students. More details to be posted soon!

Artist's Bio:
Sibyl Rubottom holds her M.F.A. from Yale University in Painting and her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she was a European Honors Student in Rome. Sibyl is currently co-proprietor of Bay Park Press in San Diego. Bay Park Press is a small fine arts press specializing in limited edition Artists Books and fine intaglio prints. Sibyl's books are in the special collections of the John Hay Library at Brown University; Sterling Library at Yale University; U.C.S.D. Mandeville Special Collections; San Diego State University's Malcolm A. Love Library; Occidental College (Los Angeles); Brigham Young University; Dartmouth College; Indiana University; Walker Art Center; California State University, Hayward; The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, California. Sibyl is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla, California. She teaches Book Arts at its School of the Arts and at the University of California San Diego Extension. Sibyl conducts creativity workshops and regularly leads tours to Mexico in which book arts are a focus of the trip.
For 25 years Sibyl operated Sibyl Designs, a fabric art business specializing in hand-painted fabric products for the residential and commercial design community. She was represented by Kneedler-Fauchère in Los Angeles, Seattle and Denver, and by John Edwards-Hughes in Texas and Molini-Southard in Florida.
For more information, please visit

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

SDCC Certificate and Associate Degree in Graphic Design

Visual and Performing Arts
Art: Graphic Design
Living in an information-seeking society, we are surrounded by words and pictures. It is the task of the graphic designer to research, analyze, organize and make artistic order out of chaos. Graphic design students must learn to speak a global visual language and develop an awareness of the meanings and power of symbols and words. The products and services they design and promote will make a social and ecological impact. An emphasis is placed on using design to make a difference through social and humanitarian projects and practices.
Program Emphasis
Early emphasis is on the design process, form, color and typography. The elements and principles of design are applied to projects which include packaging, magazine production, and design and production of posters, logos and brochures. Guided by instructors who are working design professionals, students learn to design for the real world. They make decisions about issues of concept, format, imagery, type, printing and methodology. Computer and traditional methods are used to solve graphic problems. The program culminates in a professional portfolio which can be used to continue studies to a four-year university or obtain employment. The portfolio is critiqued by practicing design advisors and alumni.
Faculty Office Telephone
Candice Lopez T-310A 619-388-3560
Andrea Singer T-309A 619-388-3933
Career Options
Some careers in graphic design-related work require education beyond the associate degree. This list is not all-inclusive: advertising designer, art director, environmental graphic designer, graphic designer, type designer, illustrator, and magazine/editorial designer, multimedia designer, web page designer.
Academic Programs
Major requirements for an emphasis in graphic design for the certificate and associate degree require completion of the courses listed below. Additional general education and graduation requirements for the associate degree are listed in the catalog. The associate degree requires a minimum of 60 units.
Certificate of Achievement: Visual and Performing Arts, Graphic Design
Students are provided with skills for entry-level employment in the graphic design field while also developing a portfolio in graphic design for jobs and/or specific university admission requirements.
*NOTE Take all beginning level classes first, followed by intermediate and advanced as the classes build on skills learned in previous courses.
ARTG 100, Basic Graphic Design
ARTG 106, Typography
ARTG 125, Digital Media
ARTG 118, Graphic Design History
ARTG 120, Illustration
ARTF 155A, Freehand Drawing I
ARTG 124, Intermediate Graphic Design I :Page Layout
ARTG 133, Intermediate Graphic Design II: Identity Systems & Packaging
ARTG 148B, Portfolio B [Spring only]

ARTG 149, Studio Practices Portfolio Preparation [Fall only]
ARTG 206, Advanced Typography [Fall only]
ARTG 144, Web Page Design
Total Units = 27

Associate in Arts Degree: Visual and Performing Arts, Graphic Design
The associate degree program offers employment skills, development of a portfolio in graphic design and offers courses for preparation for university transfer.
ARTF 110, Art History: Prehistoric to Gothic
ARTF 111, Art History: Renaissance to Modern
ARTF 155A, Freehand Drawing I
ARTG 100, Basic Graphic Design
ARTG 106, Typography .
ARTG 118, Graphic Design History
ARTG 120, Illustration
ARTG 125, Digital Media
ARTG 124, Intermediate Graphic Design I
ARTG 133, Intermediate Graphic Design II
ARTG 148B, Portfolio B [Spring only]
Total Units = 33
Recommended electives: Art- Graphic Design 126, 144, 148A, 149, 206, 270, 290; Art-Fine Art 210A; Photography 100, 105.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

SDCC American Institute of Graphic Arts Student Chapter

Welcome to the Fall 2010 Semester at San Diego City College Graphic Design.

Would you like to learn more about AIGA? You can visit the chapter blog at:

You can also email our SDCC Student Chapter President Brenda Ortiz at:

or to get on the mailing list email Secretary Asha Mody at

End of November: UNITE
City wide student event bringing together design students from across San Diego County.

Upcoming event this semester: BowHaus [art+dog houses]

Thursday, June 3, 2010

2010 AIGA San Diego Portfolio Review

The 14th annual AIGA SD Student Portfolio Exhibition was a great success with over 200 attendees this year. Special thanks to Min Choi of SDSU who organized this big event that showcased the portfolios of graduates. The featured speaker at the event was the amazing Paul Drohan, an alumni of San Diego City College Graphic Design who now heads up Digitaria San Diego[see]. At City we are incredibly proud of this year's wonderful graduating class and wish to salute them and the following students who brought home 6 honors for our campus. Special thanks go out to Andrea Singer and Lisa Starace for being so instrumental in guiding students this year. We also wish to give a shout out to Sean Bacon one of our alumni who gives so freely of his time and talent to help push the portfolios. The portfolio class was team taught this year by Amy Levine and Candice López. Bravo to the class of 2010!

2nd Place: sponsored by Morris,
Winner: Sara Linden, San Diego City College

3rd Place: sponsored by Laura Coe Design Associates,
Winner: Garrett V. Patz, San Diego City College

Best of Branding/Identity: sponsored by Buchanan Design,
Winner: Judie Le, San Diego City College
Judie also won a $20,000 scholarship to Columbia to continue her studies in design.

Best of Cross Cultural Studies: sponsored by Bennett Peji Design,
Winner: Sara Linden, San Diego City College

Special Best Illustration (in honor of Ryoichi Yotsumoto): sponsored by Laura Coe Design Associates,
Winner: Dorothy Manimtim, San Diego City College

Best of Typography: sponsored by Designnovation,
Winner: Monica Raymond, San Diego City College

Work pictured here: Sara Linden, Garrett Patz, Judie Le, Dorothy Manimtim, Monica Raymond

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

(that's not) the story: Art Exhibition and Reception

Thursday, May 20, 2010
5:00pm - 8:00pm
San Diego City College Saville Theatre Lobby
1313 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA

Please join San Diego City College students in celebrating our
community partnership and collaboration with Special Delivery: a
non-profit, volunteer-run service providing meals to home-bound people
with critical illnesses.

(that's not) the story: Art Exhibition and Reception
Showcasing art and poetry created by San Diego City College students
to recognize the stories and life journeys of the recipients of
Special Delivery.

Reception and exhibit are free. Parking is available in two adjacent lots
with entries off of C street.

If you would like to make a donation to Special Delivery, we will be
collecting canned goods at the event.

Raffle: Subtext Gallery has kindly donated some art books and
magazines and a limited edition
giclee print from Julie West. Bring 5 canned goods or donate $2 to
receive a raffle ticket. All money raised will go to Special Delivery.

For more information about projects like these and Special Delivery, go to:

Friday, April 16, 2010

AIGA San Diego Portfolio Review May 29th

Portfolio Students: Saturday May 8 at 9am at Visual Asylum: 205 West Date Street in downtown San Diego is the pre-registration for the AIGA San Diego Portfolio Review.

The sign in list and reviewer biographies will be posted on the door.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Environmental Graphic Design this Summer!


We are teaching a course over the summer that we believe will help you differentiate your portfolio over all others! No other design programs in San Diego offer course work in EGD. Having EGD projects in your portfolio opens up many more employment opportunities for students. We will introduce you to the basics of designing for the built environment including field trips to fabrication companies, expert guest lecturers and a comprehensive, portfolio ready signage package project.
Sign-up early, it will fill quickly and we want our best students included.

What is Environmental Graphic Design?
Environmental Graphic Design embraces many design disciplines including graphic, architectural, interior, landscape, and industrial design, all concerned with the visual aspects of wayfinding, communicating identity and information, and shaping the idea of place.

Some common examples of work by EGD practitioners include wayfinding systems, architectural graphics, signage, exhibit design, identity graphics, dynamic environments, civic design, pictogram design, retail and store design, mapping, and themed environments.

ARTG 149 • Studio Practices • 3.0 Units

54605 MWTh 5:50-10:00 pm City/T310 06-22 to 08-16

Friday, February 12, 2010

AIGA LINK Art Show-Soak it up

Dear Friends,

The LINK students have had a creative year and I would like to invite you their Art Show at ART's on Feb. 20, 2010 at 6:00-8:00. If you can't stop by to check out their work, please help out by forwarding this e-mail to all your friends, post it on your FB or Twitter. Last year's art show was at Ray at Night so we had the foot traffic, the new location depends your help to get the word out.

This is my third year as the AIGA San Diego LINK director and I am thankful to have an opportunity to give back to the community. LINK reaches out to at risk youth and I believe all of today's youths are at-risk of losing art with all the budget cuts. The LINK program provides free art workshops for 14-19 year old students with an interest in pursuing a career in graphic design, photography and art.

LINK's most recent success story..... last summer I took a few students to San Fransisco for the day to see Academy of Art. Two of our students signed up for their summer three week high school program. LINK provided a scholarship to pay for their housing, tuition and meals. I received a call last week and one of the students and told me that he just started classes at Academy of Art. He mentioned that his involvement in the LINK program has made a positive impact on his life. Know that's the good stuff!

A special thanks to Candice Lopez for having the vision over 11 years ago to start LINK, Tony Battaito for his continuous support, the mentors that keep coming back to help make it happen and David Combs, the art show curator (he has been working hard). Oh, yeah and the Coyne Foundation for the funding.

Hope to see you there,

Sondra Lagnado
AIGA Link Director

Friday, January 22, 2010

Student Category: Addys

Brittany from the Ad Club sent this over.

It's ADDY Time... for Students!! Take advantage of this opportunity to get recognized in the professional advertising and marketing industry! See below for details.

To enter go to:
See details on the AAF Student ADDY Awards Competition:
Entry deadline: February 5, 2010

ADDYs categories: Sales Promotion-Collateral Material-Direct Marketing-Out-of- Home-Non-Traditional-Consumer or Trade Publication-Newspaper-Interactive Media-Radio-Television/Cinema-Elements of Advertising-Advertising for the Arts & Sciences-Public Service-Advertising Industry Self Promotion-Mixed Media-
New category San Diego only
Ultimate Torture Category (best work never produced)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

AIGA San Diego Y Design Conference: Shift Y-15

To find out more about the American Institute of Graphic Arts 15th annual Y Design Conference and this years speakers check out this link:

The conference is March 25-27, 2010 and featured speakers include Jen Bilik, Patrick Coyne, Babek Esalajou, Luis Fitch, Eileen Gittens, Ric Grefe, Phil Hamlett, Michael Lejune, Arvi Raquel-Santos, Jakob Trollbaeck and Doyald Young.