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.

Alumni Josh Higgins featured in WE Magazine

To read this article about SDCC Graphic Design alumni Josh Higgins please click on this link.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Portfolio Process Workshop Postponed

We regret that the Portfolio Process Workshop schedule for Friday February 17 has to be postponed. At issue is the district holiday and we can’t gain access to the building. We will write shortly to reschedule it and post the new event date on our blog. Thanks for spreading the word to students.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

AIGA San Diego Link Art Show

Communication Arts Magazine

If you are an SDCC student and would like to get a discounted rate on Communication Arts Magazine you can participate in a SDCC group subscription. On the newsstand students would pay $144 for all 6 issues and a regular subscriptions costs $53. Students pay just $39 for all six issues by joining as a group. If you would like to participate make your check payable to Communication Arts Magazine and bring it to the office in T309A.

Please get your check in by February 20th to participate.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

City Food Pantry needs a designer's hand

Today I was going through a hard time with no money for food and I was very hungry. The food pantry was able to help me out with a sack lunch and I just wanted to say Thank You!

-City College student

To learn more you can visit this link.

In this tough economy many San Diego City College students struggle to make ends meet and City College Emergency Food Pantry is there. The program started when a group of faculty and staff identified the need to provide the vital assistance to students at our college. Through donations of cash, food and payroll deductions the program offers students much needed access to emergency food. The Help pre-packed lunches are located on City's campus in L121 and are distributed Monday to Thursday. Students in need of food aid can also fill one grocery bag with canned and dried food items on Wednesdays from 12-1 pm.

The City Food Pantry needs our help to re-design their logo. As the program tries to reach out to the students it serves as well as donors that include stores like Costco for food they need a new identity. SDCC Graphic Design calls on it's students and alumni to contribute their talents to this worthwhile program. The design eventually could end up in your portfolio and there are needs for stationery and posters. If you feel motivated to help please contact candicemlopez@cox.net

Thanks for giving back.

AIGA SDCC February Events

Thanks to all the students and faculty who attended UNITE with Margo Chase and alumni Paul Drohan. The question/answer session was really interesting and it was an opportunity to connect with design students from other schools. A big shout out to Min Choi the AIGA SDCC Education Coordinator and SDCC student chapter leadership for all their hard work to make it possible.

We have a very exciting AIGA SDCC Workshop coming up this month so mark your calendars:

Process Workshop with SDCC Alumni Sara Correia & Desiree Aspiras

Friday February 17: 12:30-2pm

Room V403A on the San Diego City College Campus

Being a graphic designer is not easy. We have to create effective and engaging designs, usually on tight deadlines and often with hard-to-please clients. We have to have tools and techniques ready in our design arsenal to be able to inspire our creativity and explain and defend our designs to clients, art directors and account managers.

In this process workshop you will:

Learn more about what a typical process for a graphic design project can look like.

Understand why it is so important (professionally and mentally)

to nail down a process that works for you.

Get tips on how you can take steps towards finding a design process that will help you become a more productive (and calmer) designer.

See samples of how other designer have used process pages in their portfolios to communicate the process they used to develop their design concepts.