Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sketchbook competition deadline this week!

We hope your Thanksgiving break was great and that you had plenty of rest and have been rejuvenated!

As a quick reminder, the deadline for the sketchbook competition is tomorrow on Wednesday the 28th (until we check again in the morning on the 29th). We're stoked to see what you creatives have imagined!

Please follow the submission guidelines as stated in the sketchbook flyer within this post and please disregard the "release form" requirement as it is not really needed. Instead, please understand that any work submitted for the competition should be of your own creation and artistic expression.

We're looking forward to your submissions! So get the lead out and make those final adjustments!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Multimedia/app design event postponed.

The multimedia application design presentation slated for November 30 with Ron Padua is being postponed due to a schedule conflict for the speaker. We will organize a new date and let everyone know.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Definition of Hope

President Barack Obama thanks his 2012 Design Director: San Diego City College Graphic Design Alumni
Josh Higgins just after his re-election at Obama HQ in Chicago

Poster designed by Josh Higgins for the 2012 Obama campaign

Wanted to celebrate a very special alumni. Many amazing young designers of all ages and life experiences have studied graphic design with us at San Diego City College. This post is for all those students who have spent time at this humble place [T310 and T309-you know what I mean] and all those who will be with us in the future.

Josh Higgins was chosen from a sea of talent because of his extraordinary design skill, personal vision and genuine character to be the Design Director for the Obama 2012 campaign. He delivered. Josh will be a speaker at next year's AIGA Y Design Conference and I hope our students and alumni can be there to hear his amazing adventures firsthand. We're really proud of you Josh and thanks for being a great inspiration to all of us with your authenticity and work.

I am deeply grateful that I was able to visit with Josh at Obama HQ in Chicago this past June. Seeing the important and incredible work he was creating I couldn't help but reflect on the gratitude I feel for the opportunity to teach at City College. I know many faculty and staff who share that passion for our students. In 2014 SDCC will celebrate being a part of this community for 100 years. Graphic design will finally get a beautiful new building and lab for the centennial. For my part, I will look fondly back and forward, celebrating our inspiring students and their work, the dedicated teachers and chance to be a part of the SDCC graphic design family. For me that family will always be the definition of hope.

Candice López

*Photo by Christopher Dilts/ Obama Campaign photographer

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Go Vote.

Alumni Josh Higgins posted this beautiful reminder from type designer extraordinaire
Jessica Hische.

Friday, November 2, 2012

SDCC Graphic Design: Vote Yes on 30 Website

Take a look at the amazing array of posters created by SDCC Graphic Design students and faculty at Vote Yes on 30. A big shout goes out to Ariel Freaner who built the site and City College design students who submitted their work from the classes of MaeLin Levine and Candice López.

The website voices support for Proposition 30 on the November ballot to fellow students, friends and the community. Our grassroots group believes that public schools and colleges give every Californian access to education and building a strong economy means keeping an eye on future generations. Support for Prop. 30 will stop another $6 billion in cuts to our schools this year and prevent steep tuition increases for college students and their families. By investing in California schools we invest in the future.

The goal of the website was to encourage classmates, faculty, staff and the community to take a stand and protect our public colleges and schools. We hope that others will share these posters on facebook and other social media sites. Working together we can be ambassadors of education and motivate our classmates and the community to get involved.

November AIGA SDCC Events

Don't miss out on our trip to Digitaria this coming Friday and please be on time. Senior Creative Director SDCC alumni Paul Drohan will be on hand to showcase the work of this outstanding firm.

December AIGA SDCC Events

Monday, October 29, 2012

Deborah Sussman at Art Center

Deborah Sussman: "to be"

Thursday Nov. 1 at 7pm
Art Center College of Design Los Angeles Times Media Center
1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA

Deborah Sussman pioneered the field called “Environmental Graphic Design.” Her contributions to “urban branding” have been internationally applauded, and have influenced generations of designers. Come learn more from Deborah’s experience and wisdom during this fascinating presentation.
A pioneer in environmental graphic design, Deborah was trained at the office of Charles and Ray Eames. She founded Sussman Prejza, whose celebrated “urban branding” projects include city identities, cultural and performing arts centers, retail, corporate and university campuses and US embassies.
Sussman Prejza developed the look of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Other clients include Disney, Hasbro, Museum of the African Diaspora, Amgen, and SC Johnson. Honors include: Dr. of Humane Letters, Bard College; Medalist, AIGA; founder and Fellow, Los Angeles Chapter; Honorary member, AIA; Fellow and recipient of SEGD Golden Arrow Award; elected member of AGI.
This event is free and open to the community. It is hosted in Michael Dooley’s History of Graphic Design course.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Julie Warren's Digital Media Online Honored

Julie Warren's  Digital Media, was recognized as an outstanding online course.

Dr. David Giberson, Instructional Design Coordinator, Julie Warren and Rechelle Mojica, Online Faculty Mentor, Miramar sharing information at the Faculty Online Showcase and High Tech Center Open House.

A big shout out to Julie Warren who was the first graphic design faculty member to teach online. This trailblazer was recently recognized for the outstanding graphic design/digital media course she has crafted. On Friday, October 19, Miramar College hosted the SDCCD Faculty Online Showcase in the new High Tech Center inside the LLRC.Dean Andrea Henne, online faculty mentors, Instructional Design Coordinator, Dr. Dave Giberson and his staff welcomed faculty members from City, Mesa and Miramar colleges. Recognition was given to outstanding online courses as nominated by faculty and students.Representing San Diego City College Graphic Design program was Julie Warren who was honored for her online Digital Media Class, ARTG 125."I'd like to thank my students who nominated my course, the online faculty and staff who are always so supportive, and the other Showcase participants who shared their knowledge so generously." Warren said.
"I am proud to represent City's Graphic Design program where we have the very best students and faculty," she added.

City Collective at Space 4 Art

Monday, October 15, 2012

November 1: San Diego City College Day of the Dead Celebration

San Diego City College Ranks #1

San Diego City College is ranked #1 for 2011-2012 in the Top 25 Highest Rated Junior Colleges in the country at Rate My Professors, the largest online professor ratings site. Professors ratings at SDCC average at 3.92, the highest in the nation with the highest rated university by students being Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

AIGA San Diego City College Fall Workshops

Thanks to Norman Ramos and Sean Bacon for the Tips and Techniques Workshop

Tuesday, October 9th from 5pm-8pm Paper 101: Matthew Donahue from SAPPI Fine Papers at Point Loma Nazarene College.

Friday, October 26th Studio Conover at 3131 Reynard Way followed by MiresBall at 2605 State Street:  12:15-1:45pm

November 9th : Digitaria Studio Tour:  12:15-1:30pm
350 Tenth Avenue. Suite 1200. Downtown San Diego

Friday November 30:  Multimedia and App. design: Ron Padua in 1:00-2:30pm in V403A

Wednesday December 5: 5-7pm. Quality Letterpress
Monday December 10 at 10am: Book Arts Workshop with Andrea Singer: Materials Fee: $20

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September/October AIGA SDCC Events

Thanks to everyone who attended CONNECT and sharing a photo of the good times. Hats off to Jasmine and Vina for all their hard work to make it happen. Mark your calendars for these amazing free workshops and field trips in September and October. More details to follow. Hope to see you there!

Friday September 28: 4:00 V403A Tips and Techniques: Sean Bacon and Norman Ramos

Tuesday, October 9th from 5:30pm Paper 101: Matthew Donahue from SAPPI Fine Papers
Point Loma Nazarene College: Smee Hall

Friday, October 26th Studio Tours: Conover and MiresBall:  12:15-1:45pm

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Fall 2012 Lab Hours

OPEN LAB SCHEDULE: Fall 2012 in Room T309 
Lab technician: Eugene Brown
FRIDAY 12:00PM-6:00PM

c o n t a c t : e w b r o w n @ s d c c d . e d u 
6 1 9 - 3 8 8 - 3 6 2 4 / e m e r g e n c y 6 1 9 - 9 0 5 - 3 5 6 1

Graphic Design Students,
We are pleased to inform you that we will be getting all new computers and software in the mid-point of the Fall 2012 semester.

AIGA San Diego City College CONNECT

Come join SDCC AIGA for coffee and dessert at our
first annual CONNECT event! Learn about the graphic
design program, network with other students and
meet some of the professors. Also enter our raffle for
awesome prizes, discover the perks of joining AIGA,
and find out more about our sketchbook cover design
competition! Socialize. Visualize. Realize.

September 7, 2012 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Monica’s at the Park, 1735 Adams Avenue. San Diego, CA 92116

Thanks to AIGA SDCC Co-Presidents Jasmine Jimenez and Vina Rathakoune as well as our VP Jason Price for all their work on this big event and the fantastic poster.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Check out Andrea Singer's Work at the Geisel Library

enough, never by Andrea Singer

A big shout out to Graphic Design Professor Andrea Singer whose exceptional book arts work will be on display at the Geisel Library May 26-July 8. Her book "enough, never" is on display in this juried exhibition. To read more please visit this link.
Don't miss out on Andrea's incredible Book Arts classes offered this Fall at SDCC Graphic Design offered Thursdays 3-9:30pm in Room T-310.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

2012-13 AIGA SDCC Chapter Presidents

This Summer we are busy planning AIGA San Diego City College student chapter activities for the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters. Steering the ship will be our amazing new Co-Presidents Jasmine Jimenez right and Vina Rathakoune left . These experienced leaders were very involved in last year's UNITE and the AIGA SDCC Portfolio Review. We're planning a big kick off event for August so stay tuned to the blog for details and have a great summer.

Friday, June 1, 2012

TedX conference at Art Center College of Design on Saturday June 9th. Don't miss it.

Thanks to Art Center College of Design for putting on such a fantastic TEDx conference organized by students. It was informative and truly inspiring to learn about how others are using design to make a social impact. Special thanks to all the San Diego students who attended and Heber Miranda who shared some photos of the event below.

The world needs creative problem solvers more than ever, and it's time we explore the full potential of design as a force for positive change. TEDxArtCenterCollegeOfDesign is a student-organized TED event that brings you leaders in design, science, activism and education to share their compelling personal journeys toward designing a better future. 

The theme is "Design a _______ for social impact" and is a call to action that aims to inspire the innovative thinkers and communicators of tomorrow. On June 9th, immerse yourself in a captivating and collaborative environment at Art Center's iconic Hillside Campus, and find out how you will fill in the blank. 

See you there!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

San Diego City College Graphic Design Portfolios

View some of our portfolios:

Thanks to SDCC portfolio class alumni who have posted their work to share. Please click on the links to view their stellar portfolios. Students who attend San Diego City College create portfolio books that can be used to obtain transfer to four year design programs or get an entry level job in the field of graphic design. Please click on the orange links next to each name to view their portfolio.

Jesus Aguilera Portfolio
Desiree Aspiras Portfolio
Sonya Calderon Portfolio
Ying-Jen Lai Portfolio
Judie Le Portfolio
Larisa Mamonova Portfolio
Rachel Wright Portfolio

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Fall Graphic Design Certificate and Degree Programs

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 and Contact Email
Candice Lopez T-310A  calopez@sdccd.edu
Andrea Singer T-309A  asinger@sdccd.edu
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 OR ART G 149, Book Arts
ARTG 124, Intermediate Graphic Design I :Page Layout
ARTG 133, Intermediate Graphic Design II: Identity Systems and Packaging
ARTG 206, Advanced Typography
ARTG 148A, Portfolio A [Fall only]
ARTG 148B, Portfolio B [Spring only]

ARTG 149, Studio Practices Portfolio Preparation
ARTG 144, Web Page Design

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
ARTG 100, Basic Graphic Design
ARTG 106, Typography .
ARTG 118, Graphic Design History
ARTG 120, Illustration OR ARTG 149, Book Arts
ARTG 125, Digital Media
ARTG 124, Intermediate Graphic Design I
ARTG 133, Intermediate Graphic Design II
ARTG 206, Advanced Typography
ARTG 148A, Portfolio A [Fall only]
ARTG 148B, Portfolio B [Spring only]
Recommended electives: Art- Graphic Design 126, 144, 149, 270, 290; Art-Fine Art 210A; Photography 100, 105.

Friday, May 18, 2012

AIGA SD Portfolio Review & Decompression Session

At SDCC Graphic Design we are so incredibly proud of our students who brought home top honors and had the courage and dedication to complete stellar portfolios. There is nothing quite as thrilling as seeing so many give their personal best at this event. Thanks to members of the San Diego Design Community listed on this poster for sponsoring this incredible event for students. Bravo to AIGA SD Education Chair Min Choi, AIGA President Amy Levine and all the professional reviewers who gave of their time and talent. We also appreciate the many volunteers from City led by our 2012-13 Chapter Presidents elect Jasmine Jimenez and Vina Rathakoune. This year City was recognized with four awards and we held our very first post review Decompression Session. Special thanks to Kamilah Albahri for taking the time to swing by and inspire us with her portfolio. Our dear friend photographer Steven Simpson was also there and helped us so much through the portfolio process as did photographer Tim Whitehouse. We thank all the vendors especially our friends at Inscriptu for helping our students. A big shout out to our amazing faculty including Andrea Singer and Sean Bacon pictured above in these photos. Thanks to our incredible SDCC team that including Amy Becraft, Amy Levine, MaeLin Levine, Lisa Starace, Blair Thornley, Julie Warren, Julie Willis and our lab tech Eugene Brown for all they do for City students. The support of our department chairs June Richards and Alicia Rincon helps get us all there. Thank you all again and congratulations to the San Diego City College Portfolio Class of 2012!

Candice López

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fall 2012 SDCC Graphic Design Class Schedule

Tentative Fall 2012 Schedule:
For student planning purposes we are publishing this class schedule that is subject to change.

ART G 100  Basic Graphic Design      M/W 9:35-12:40  T309/T310            Andrea Singer
ART G 100  Basic Graphic Design       TH 9:35-12:40 Web/T310               Andrea Singer
ART G 106 Typography                      M/W 5:55-9:00pm  T310                 MaeLin Levine
ART G 118 Graphic Design History     WEB August 20-October 12            Candice López
ART G 118 Graphic Design History     WEB August 20-October 12            Candice López
ART G 118 Graphic Design History     WEB August 20-October 12            Candice López
ART G 118 Graphic Design History     T/TH 9:30-11:30 V403A and Web    Candice Lopez
                   Hybrid meets on August 20-October 12 on campus then online till December 13
ART G 120  Illustration                      M/W  9:35-12:40  C213                     Blair Thornley
ART G 124 Int. Graphic Design 1      T/Th 3:35-6:30pm V403B                  Sean Bacon      
ART G 125  Digital Media                  WEB                                               Julie Warren
ART G 125  Digital Media                  WEB                                               Julie Warren
ART G 125  Digital Media                  T/TH 9:35-12:40 T309                      Julie Willis
ART G 133 Int. Graphic Design 2        M/W 9:00-12:00  V403A                  Candice Lopez 
ART G 144  Web Page Design           M/W  5:55-8:25pm                           Julie Willis
ART G 148A Portfolio A                    M/W 1-4:05  T310                             Sean Bacon 
ART G 149 Studio Practices:            T/TH 9:00-12:00  V403A and WEB     Sean Bacon
                                                                                                             Candice López
Portfolio Building                                 October 15-December 13
ART G 149 Studio Practices:               R  3:00-9:30  T310                         Andrea Singer
Book Arts
ART G 206 Type 2                              T/TH  5:55-9:00pm  T310/T309       Amy Levine

Monday, May 14, 2012

Wednesday May 16: Portfolio Workshop V403A

A big shout goes out to all the amazing SDCC students who expressed their visual voice and viewpoint at the AIGA San Diego Portfolio Review last Saturday. So proud of all our alumni and bravo to Adrienne Armstrong who took the coveted Best Typography award and third place with her work. Rachel Wright brought home honors for Best Packaging and Kristian De Laurentis won Best Sustainability. There is no way to thank Adjunct Professor Sean Bacon for his vision, leadership and dedication to students in both Portfolio A and Portfolio B. He gave many late nights to students mentoring them and sharing his incredible type and layout skills.

Don't miss our very first DECOMPRESSION SESSION this coming Wednesday May 16th at San Diego City College in Room V403a from 11am to 1pm. If you are planning to take Portfolio in 2013 you simply can't miss this presentation. You will see the finished work of this year's students, benefit from their firsthand advice, tips, tricks and receive guidance from Sean Bacon and Candice López who team teach Portfolio. The event is open to everyone so see you there!

San Diego Adobe CS6 Camp at SDCC: June 2

Don’t miss the first ever San Diego Adobe CS6 Camp at San Diego City College on June 2 from 9am-5pm. This full day seminar with Adobe presenters and industry artists sharing how the new upgrades in CS6 will revolutionize your creative workflow. These presentations are hands on in 3 classrooms at the new SDCC photo center. The event will be kicked off with a keynote speaker and guests will be treated to a full-catered lunch. The cost is just $10 and your can register at this link. There will be lots of give-away gifts and each attendee will get a gift packet from Adobe.
Topics include:
Eric Addison: Premier Pro CS6
Stephen Burns: Photoshop CS6 for Artists
Sally Cox: CS6 Touch Apps
Zoarana Gee: Photoshop CS6 Overview
Brian Haberlin: Digital Painting in Photoshop CS6
Lee Varis: Lightroom 4
Also Presentations on Flash and InDesign.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

This Saturday is the AIGA San Diego Portfolio Review. If you are planning to be in portfolio in 2013 it would give you a great head start to see what this dynamic event is all about. It’s all about getting you a job or transferring to the school of your dreams. Your portfolio is what makes it happen!

AIGA SDCC Portfolio Review: Observers Registration Fee is $20. Here is a link where you can register in advance or you can pay at the door.
For the first time the SDCC Portfolio teachers, Sean Bacon and Candice López have planned a very special event that we know students won’t want to miss. It will be our very first Decompression Session. Please join us on
Wednesday May 16 in Room V403A from 11am –1:00 pm on the SDCC Campus [This room is in the photography building]
You can view the finished portfolios from members of this year’s portfolio class. It’s your chance to hear direct from them what the experience of portfolio and the portfolio review was like. While it is still fresh in their minds they can tell you what worked for them and what didn’t. Not only will this event be fun and fascinating it will give you valuable information to propel your own work in portfolio.
See you there!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Vote by Design

A big shout goes out to Mariam Bier and Leslie Graham for making it all the way into the pack of 25 semi-finalists in the Vote by Design Poster Competitions. Mariam's "spiritless eagle" and Leslie's "rattle the cage" were selected for their creative concept, effectiveness and overall execution.
To make it to the final round they need to be among the designs with the mot votes. Then the judges will select a winner. You can help them get there and view the semi-finalists from around the country by selecting this link. Click on the posters below to view them larger.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Don't miss the AIGA San Diego Portfolio Review




• AIGA student member $30

(student members will be asked to show a current valid membership card for verification)

• Non-member $40

• Observers $20 (12 years and under: free)

9:00 — 9:15 Welcome

9:15 — 9:45 Portfolio A reviewers meet with students

9:45 — 10:00 Break reviewers rotate to next student they are reviewing

10:00 — 10:30 Portfolio B reviewers meet with students

10:30 — 10:45 Break. students move to guest presentation

10:45 — Showroom doors close to students

10:45 — 12:30 Judging of portfolios

11:00 — 12:30 Students and observers attend presentation

1:00 — Awards presentation, raffles given

12:30 — 3:00 Showroom floor open

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Art Center Adventure!

A big shout out to Catherine Zanghi who did a stellar job shooting these wonderful photos. You can see more of our Art Center adventure here.
Thanks to everyone who came along on the big yellow bus to Art Center. Who can forget our driver Anita getting lost in L.A. with Leslie and Brandy guiding us there using their phone apps? It was an amazing day and terrific to connect with our extraordinary alumni Paola, Andrea, Luisa, Enrique and Jesse over lunch. Talk about inspiring! We thank Juana, Nicola, Nik and Kit for organizing such a memorable visit that included gallery tours and classroom visits where we saw the students and teachers in action. The long, strong relationship we have with Art Center has lasted for decades. On the trip back it was clear that the seeds of dreams were planted in a new generation of designers who hope to continue their studies at Art Center in Pasadena.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Union Tribune article on the AIGA Link Program

Check out this great article in the UT on the AIGA San Diego Link Program led by
SDCC Graphic Design Alumni extraordinaire Sondra Lagnado.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


One year after his passing, we remember the Poet of Letterforms. The power and inspiration of Doyald Young's ideas continue to inform and guide us at San Diego City College Graphic Design. He did it for the love of life and the love of letters.
This film celebrating Doyald Young from lynda.com is worth seeing again and again.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Big Yellow Bus to Art Center! March 23rd


We are going to rent a bus to get to Pasadena on Friday March 23. The least expensive bus we can rent is a yellow first charter school bus...sounds like an adventure? It’s going to be fun and we can all hang out together on the trip up and back.

The fee per person is $20 round trip and I want to ask everyone to bring $1 to tip the driver.

We have 9 seats left so please ask your classmates to email me so I get them on the list for the bus at candicemlopez@cox.net
1. I need everyone to swing by Room T310 next week to sign the field trip form and waiver that will be posted on my window by noon. I need everyone to get that signed by Friday March 16.

2. Go to accounting and pay your $20 fee for the graphic design bus trip to Art Center. You can pay cash, credit card or check so please get it done right away.
Accounting is located just up the steps from the bookstore.
When you pay please be sure to include your name and email on the memo line of your check or on a separate piece of paper so we can make your fees paid.

You can also mail your check to Attn: Shirin Mohseni
San Diego City College Accounting. 1313 Park Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101

Meet us at the corner of Russ Blvd. and 16th on Friday March 23rd at 7:45 sharp. We leave on the dot at 8am so do not miss the big yellow bus!
Looking so forward to this!

Trip to CLEARSTORY on March 20th-Join us!

Please join AIGA SDCC for a tour of CLEARSTORY on March 20th from 1:30-2:45pm. Please meet there at 832 Miramar Mall, San Diego CA 92121. Their phone is 888.907.5611

Clearstory specializes in finely crafted books and has a vast collection of paper, cover materials, binding and print finishing techniques to empower you and your work. To learn more visit their website here.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Alumni Sergio Cabrera: Broadcast Designer/Animator

This month we were thrilled to catch up with SDCC alumni Sergio Cabrera who continued to create amazing work after completing his studies with us in graphic design.

Without San Diego City College Graphic Design I wouldn’t be the professional I am now. Every lesson and chapter learned, every project and every critique have given me tools I use every day. Design is the language that channels your creativity to find new ways to express yourself. There are no limits to where you can go.

I’ve been a broadcast graphic designer/animator at KFMB TV for 11 years.
I love being part of a team that communicates to a wide audience of the community in real time. It has the power to find solutions that could possibly benefit many people.

Passion for my work is the fuel that keeps me going every day. At SDCC I was able to find this, and the inspiration has never stopped. Being creative infinitely opens your horizons. It has the power to enhance every area of your life, and it reflects on others around you.

Check out some of Sergio's incredible work for KFMB at this link.

Friday, February 24, 2012

March AIGA SDCC Events

This March you can learn about Digital pre-press, take a trip to Art Center and experience the AIGA Y Design Conference!


Friday March 2: 2-4pm

Bullet Proof your Design: Digital Pre-Press Workshop

Diego and Son Printing

2104 National Avenue, San Diego CA 92113

(619) 233-5373

Please no parking in the parking lot, please park on Evans or Logan for this FREE workshop.

Friday March 23

Trip to Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

Named by Business Week as one of the 60 best design schools in the world. Connect with San Diego City College alumni who are now studying at this prestigious design school on scholarship. We will be car-pooling to Art Center so if you want to come along email: candicemlopez@cox.net

Tour classes, see the amazing design projects in the gallery and see it for yourself.

Click here to learn more about Art Center.

AIGA Y Design Conference

Friday March 30 and Saturday March 31st

University of San Diego

Institute for Peace and Justice

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92110

The 17th Annual Y Design Conference features a dynamic line up of speakers around the theme:

What drives you?

There are special discounted rates for students and to view the full list of internationally recognized designers who will be speaking this year or register visit this Y Conference link.

Vote by Design: Share your Voice/Design your Future

This announcement just came to several of our faculty and SDCC graphic design supports a faculty guided workshop to produce posters designed to Get out the Vote. We would like to display all the posters on the SDCC campus as a group and feel it could be a great potential portfolio piece for students. The workshop will be held in March with details forthcoming. Please stay tuned to the blog.

For inspiration check out these 2008 posters from AIGA Get out the Vote.


Winner will receive a grand prize of $1000, a paid summer internship and a spot in the exclusive ‘Vote by Design’ e-book published by David Carter

(San Diego, CA) February 2, 2012: Stuffy, traditional and overly predictable; the electoral process is as American as apple pie and getting staler by the minute. That’s why Jacob Tyler Creative Group, a full service brand communications agency, is cooking up something tasty to tempt potential voters with their “Vote by Design” campaign. This spring, they’re asking design students worldwide to create exciting, original VOTE themed posters that will raise awareness about the upcoming 2012 Presidential election and encourage young people to vote.

Over the next few months, winning submissions will be selected through a combination of Jacob Tyler Facebook fans, JT staff and a revered panel of experienced, well-known judges:

David Carter – CEO, Bright Books

Dick Costolo – CEO, Twitter

Dennis Crowley – Founder, Foursquare

Les Kollegian – CEO, Jacob Tyler Creative Group

Jocelyn Luciano – Executive Director, Summit Int. Awards

Kathleen Ritchie – Managing Director, Creativity Awards

Jennifer Van Grove – Writer, VentureBeat

“We’re a creative company, so we’re always looking for a new way to put a spin on the traditional” said Les Kollegian CEO of Jacob Tyler Creative Group. “We created the “Vote by Design” contest to give talented students a platform to exhibit their craft, share their voice and spread awareness about the importance of voting. With all the great campaigns out there getting people hyped up for the election, we wanted to give students a chance to speak for themselves, get recognition and potentially earn some great prizes.”

Need an incentive to enter? The Grand Prize Winner will receive a paid summer internship, $1000 and a two-page spread showcasing their poster and bio in a David Carter E-book dedicated to the “Vote by Design” competition. There will also be cash awarded to the second and third place winners with special recognition for their efforts. The top 100 designs will be immortalized in the published digital book to inspire and motivate future designers and voters. Now accepting submissions, the competition is open worldwide to all college undergraduate and graduate students majoring in art, design, advertising and marketing.

Deadline for entries is April 1, 2012.

Please visit http://votebydesign.com to enter.