Friday, January 28, 2011

City College Graphic Design Website

San Diego City College has a new website and you can learn all about the graphic design program by clicking on this link:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Visit Blend on January 20th

Southern California’s premier printing and graphics house opens its doors to the design community for a very special event. Explore the Blend facility and indulge in complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music.
On The Main Stage: Local San Diego Design Rock Stars, Jordan Stark and Tony Martinez.

Product Etcetera™ is the collaborative brainchild of Stark and Martinez, strong solo artists drawn together by a shared love of bold, clean design, and a sense of community. Joining forces in 2004, their commercial graphic design studio in San Diego executes brand development campaigns across multiple media platforms for clients large and small, and creates public art installations as well.

Join us as they provide insight into their creative process, social strategy, and gather ideas you can integrate into your own work.

101 Prizes To Give Away…
The first 100 ticket holders through the door will each receive one limited edition poster signed by the featured artists, printed on Blend’s 6-color press.
Join the World Tour
Get a stamp from all FIVE stops at the Blend World Tour and one lucky winner will take home a rockin’ new iPad!

Register for free:

Friday, March 25, 2011 — March 26, 2011
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
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Be inspired by your surroundings. Everything you see. Everything you hear. Everything you experience. Soak in everything. Take it in and breathe out. Be passionate. Conspire with one another. Awaken the Spark inside you at Y16.

Spark new ideas.

The AIGA San Diego Y16 Conference brings together industry thinkers, innovators and change-makers for two days of creativity and collaboration. Keynote speakers like Chris Dooley, Co-founder and Creative Director, National Television, and Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co. will share their insights to inspire and empower. And now for the first time, we're offering hands-on Thinkshops during both days of the conference, so you have double the opportunity to engage and mix it up with your fellow attendees.

Join us for two days, Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, 2011 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego. Incredible speakers. New friends. Engaging insights. Sound like fun? Then join us and ignite the Spark within.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Don't miss the Phonography Show this coming Monday January 17th

SDCC Graphic Design alumni extraordinaire Josh Higgins is always the brainchild of amazing events. This is no exception! Sounds like fun.

There are some phenomenal phone photographers participating including:
Dave Swift, Grant Brittain, O, Miki Vuckovich, Lance Mountain, Mark Waters and Ed Templeton.

All for a great cause: Doctors Without Borders for Haiti relief!

Rafael López & Angela Tu at SDCC Saville Theatre on Friday January 21, 2011

Dear Students, Alumni, Faculty and Friends,

The Spring semester is fast approaching and we hope you will join us for a very special FREE event the Friday before classes begin. Rafael López and Angela Tu will be speaking and showing their work at the San Diego City College Theatre on Friday January 21 from 7-9pm. The event is sponsored by Art Center College of Design and is FREE so tell your students, friends and colleagues.
The event will be moderated by Nik Hafermaas of Art Center College of Design.

If you can join us please RSVP: at

Speakers: Art Center Alumni: Rafael López and Angela Tu

Angela graduated from San Diego City College and went on to Art Center on scholarship. Currently Angela is a Senior Art Director for Young & Rubicam Brands. In that role, she directs design and brand strategy for a variety of clients, including Land Rover USA, Virgin America, Hitachi, KinderCare, Southwest and Orange County Pacific Symphony. Her work at Y&R has earned several awards in the industry including International Automotive Advertising Awards, International Communicator Awards, Orange County Advertising Awards, NY Festivals – Interactive Award and the Luster Wunderman Award. Her Identity work has been featured in the book “logolounge 2”.

Prior to her agency work, she worked for marchFIRST, an internet brand consulting firm. Her experience includes working for clients such as Allergan, Amgen, Mazda, iGeneration and Angela has also designed for Vrontikis Design Office, Gadget Media, SimpleHuman, eContraptions and LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). She continues to freelance for a variety of clients, including Bughouse Productions, Azina Communication Inc,, DSD Companies and Umachines, Inc.

Her specialties are: Identity Design, Corporate Branding, Interactive Design, Packaging, Print, User Experience

Her work at Y&R has earned several awards in the industry including International Automotive Advertising Awards, International Communicator Awards, Orange County Advertising Awards, NY Festivals – Interactive Award and the Luster Wunderman Award. Her Identity work has been featured in the book “logolounge 2”.

The work of Rafael López is a fusion of strong graphic style and magical symbolism. Growing up in Mexico City he was immersed in the rich cultural heritage and native color of street life. Influenced by Mexican surrealism, dichos and myths he developed a style with roots in these traditions.

He is a children’s book illustrator and his illustrations for Book Fiesta! written by Pat Mora were the recipient of the 2010 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award. This is given by the American Library Association to honor work that best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children's books. His books for children have also won 2 Americas Awards and a Pura Belpré Honor.

In January 2011 five new stamps he created for the United States Postal Service were released celebrating Latin Music Legends Celia Cruz, Carlos Gardel, Tito Puente, Carmen Miranda and Selena. The Latin Dance Merengue stamp he created was featured on the cover of the commemorative stamp yearbook in 2006 and at a special exhibition at the Smithsonian called Trendsetters. His 2007 U.S.P.S. stamp paid tribute to an important legal case in equality of education called Mendez vs. Westminster.

His 2008 poster Voz Unida was selected by the Obama/Biden campaign as an official poster at Artists for Obama. His international clients includes Amnesty International, Apple, Chicago Tribune, Harper Collins, IBM, Intel, Los Angeles Times, the Grammy Awards, and the World Wildlife Fund and his work has been selected into multiple juried shows. In 2009 he was invited to create 3 paintings for Oprah Winfrey's school in South Africa. He created murals for the Urban Art Trail Project that transformed San Diego's blighted East Village with art installations and serves as a model of urban renewal that has been implemented in cities around the nation.


In Print Magazine Entries

In February, I will be launching an online bi-monthly pdf magazine called "In print". The magazine will be very visual, with cool and easy articles to read. It will showcase great designers, illustrators, packaging, branding and photography. We will also have a section called – “Student Under The Spotlight”. Where we will feature the best student work from various places. As ex-City College alumni myself, I would like to encourage students to submit their works for consideration. The ones selected will be featured in the online magazine and website. The magazine will also be linked to my blog. Think smart designs. With over 10,000 visits a mouth, it was acknowledged by How Magazine and considered one of the most read and recommend blogs at The Academy Of Arts in San Francisco by Gawlieu Henson - Interactive Media Specialist. If you are interested, please send a link to your website for consideration to .

Thank you very much and stay tuned!

If you have any questions and concerns you can also contact me at or

Thank you and good designs everyone!

Elo Designer

100 Worlds Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (SAN DIEGO, CA) – Ron Miriello presents the first installment of 50 sculptures from his 100 Worlds Project. The exhibition will be on view beginning Friday, February 18, through Saturday, March 26, 2011 at JETT Gallery in the Little Italy district of downtown San Diego.
The opening reception will take place at JETT Gallery on Friday, February 18, 2011 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m, with a VIP and media preview reception starting at 5:00 p.m. for invited guests.
Ron Miriello is the President and Creative Director of the esteemed brand communications firm Miriello Grafico. For 30 years, he has dedicated his life’s work to developing brands and creative communication campaigns for clients ranging from Adidas, HP, Qualcomm, Iomega, Taylormade, and others. As a creative director and business owner by trade, Ron uses his creativity to better the business of his clients.
The genesis of the 100 Globes Project arose from a need to create something purely for himself, to create for the sake of creating. Miriello found inspiration in an object of fascination from his childhood – the globe. Both the shape and related metaphors that the globe provided him a launching pad to create his sculptures. Through the process of assembling each piece, he began to build a community around the project. He invited welders, graphic designers, printers, artisans and craftsman to contribute to the project, to help him assemble found objects, design patterns, cut pieces that he would use to create a globe.
The process of building these sculptures organically produced the ultimate metaphor of what a globe meant for Miriello – a symbol of collaboration, community and creativity. Miriello states:
“The mantra for this project for me was ‘resourcefulness equals creativity’ not only in the sense of finding and sourcing the materials for each sculpture, but also to tap into my friends and community of creative people that I have been blessed to have in my life. The freedom to create for the sake of creating allowed me to expand outward, and reach out to people that I knew - craftsman and artisans who make things and create everyday, never consider themselves artists. It has been a pleasure and honor to invite these folks in, and shed new light on their work, to have them reconsider themselves as perhaps an artist.”
The exhibition opening on February 18 will feature the first 50 sculptures of this ambitious project. In addition to the sculptures, the exhibition will feature 50 interpretive photographs of each piece, taken by noted photographers such as Phillip Ritterman, John Durrant, Ken West and others, who were invited by Miriello to contribute their talents to the project.
A self-published book about the “100 World’s Project” will accompany the exhibition, and will be available for sale at JETT Gallery. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of sculptures will benefit the San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation .

The closing reception is scheduled to take place on March 26, 2011, in conjunction with AIGA San Diego’s Y Conference closing. More details on this reception will be provided at a later date.

JETT Gallery
989 West Kalmia Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Red Lotus Society seeks interns

Students can read about our organization on our website,

We are located downtown San Diego. Briefly, our mission is to
promote peace through meditation and create environments for the study
and practice of mindfulness, community and cultural awareness.

Our graphic design needs are great, both print and web.

Barbara Aplington, L.Ac.
Director Of Communications
Red Lotus Society
546 3rd Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

Internship at Bailey Gardiner

Bailey Gardiner is looking for an art director or graphic design intern for the winter-spring quarter/semester.
A little about you:

* A college student (junior or senior) majoring in advertising art direction, graphic design or something similar
* Must be able to obtain college credit for the internship
* Willing to commit to a around 16 hours per week
* Student portfolio of work
* Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. Experience in Flash/Fireworks/Dreamweaver is a huge plus
* A well-organized, self-starter who shows ownership over assignments
* Some production experience preferred
* Excellent communication skills - both oral and written
* Must have a good attitude and aspire to do award-winning work
* Eager to learn
* Creative

A little about your responsibilities:
Assist the creative team with the following:

* Assist team members in research, concept development, designing and mounting of logos and creating collateral pieces, websites, identity and stationery packages
* Accompany senior team members to photo shoots, press checks, client meetings and assist in photo and art research when necessary

The experience you will receive at Bailey Gardiner is invaluable. We will take the time to teach, support, provide you with responsibility and of course, have some fun.

For a little more information about us, visit our portfolio.
If you are interested, please email your student portfolio, cover letter and resume to us.
No phone calls please.