Sunday, August 23, 2015 THE FUTURE STARTS TODAY

San Diego City College Graphic Design is excited to announce a new identity and site/blog as we begin our Fall 2015 semester.

Our original artful identity visible in the upper right corner of this blog has served us well for many years and was created by an exceptional City College graphic design alumni Joel Sotelo.

This Fall semester we usher in a new era at SDCC with sparkling new facilities and classrooms and a gifted new full time faculty member Sean Bacon.  We turned to another talented SDCC alumni Abe Vizcarra to craft the future. We believe our new identity communicates the essential character of our program in a vibrant, fresh, enthusiastic tone. The strong elemental forms and bold visual language with a straightforward approach speaks to our program's early emphasis on design process, form, color, type and conceptual thinking.

Dynamic and diverse, urban and forward thinking, friendly and inviting. Connected to our colorful past but relevant to the present and timeless enough to work well in the future. We are here to ignite inspiration and student success, helping designers find their voice, shape their story and make a difference.

GRATEFUL to Abe for his many long hours and dedication to help us create and refine our vision and viewpoint. The field of graphic design is both creative and contextually aware and the simple cohesiveness of this system juxtaposes well with City's urban setting. To complement the new identity our new full time faculty member Assistant Professor Sean Bacon created a new site/blog. His dedication and drive out of the starting gate is everywhere you look. When students arrive to the Art/Humanities building they will see new signage and visual changes to our lab and classrooms that showcase our new identity.

Save the date: Friday September 18th for a big SDCC Graphic Design celebration. The future is bright. Thanks to all our students and alumni who follow our blog. Starting today remember to visit to stay connected. See you there!

Candice Lopez//AIGA Fellow

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Grow your design portfolio in Travel by Design

Intermediate and Advanced Design Students create unique projects that make a difference for their portfolio, community and world in Travel by Design. Past projects have included branding a struggling medieval Tuscan hilltown, designing an actual San Diego trolley, and designing and branding a Soviet Poster Show. Team taught by Sean Bacon and Candice López students get the opportunity to work on real world projects and develop work that communicates their voice, vision and viewpoint. It's fast, fun and all about building your book!

This Fall:
1. Branding Zandunga a music venue for world class musicians that sells local sustainable products from the countryside near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
2. Designing an original typeface and application
3. Identity manual or original forms for your portfolio

Just a few spaces left:
98305  TTh 1-4:40pm              Candice López/Sean Bacon AH401

Soviet Poster Show Environmental Graphics by Sam Spratt

Soviet Poster Exhibit catalog by William Inglis

Trolley Design by Lindsay Jonkers

Tuscan hilltown branding by Lindsay Jonkers

Font by Tila Williams

Font by Lulubi Garcias

Font design and application by Damian Luna

Tuscan hilltown branding by Drew Vereen

Web Page Design Class this Fall!

Learn Web Page Design from one of San Diego's best: Paul Drohan, Executive Design Director of Mirum the largest digital agency in San Diego. Grow your skills and marketability!
 Learn to understand the fundamentals and principles of web pages.
Analyze the anatomy and unity of web design.
Define and execute the elements of web design.
Demonstrate appropriate understanding of typography on the web.
Effectively understand site planning and the basics of user experience.
Understand the principles of responsive and adaptive design.
Design successful web pages that utilize the best practices learned.

There are just a few spaces left in this class and SDCC has won the web/interactive category at the AIGA San Diego portfolio review for several years running. Sign up now!

03611 TTh  6-9:10pm            Paul Drohan                          AH402

Monday, August 17, 2015

Don't miss Typography 1 this Fall with Amy Becraft

We are so lucky to have Amy Becraft on our team to grow strong typographic skills that will be the building blocks for your portfolio. Her many years of experience were honed in both California and Switzerland. Take a look at the incredible work from her first semester class and grab the few remaining spots in Typography 106 this Fall.

Typography 106 
44248 T/Th 2:20-5:30pm in AH 404
78630 T/Th 6-9pm in AH 404

Take Typography 2 this Fall: A few spaces left

Typography 2 is an exceptional intermediate level course that will help you build a strong portfolio. Projects this Fall include naming, and branding for new theater and development of signage including exterior and interior way finding. Students will then design 3 type based show logos and a direct mail campaign that conveys the look and feel for the season. This is a terrific way to build branded items for your book including the mailer, banners and tickets. 
The Education Book Cover Series involves designing 5 branded covers, CD and CD box design, web splash page and a sales brochure. 
There are just a few openings left in Typography 2 this Fall taught by the gifted Amy Levine, partner at Visual Asylum and past President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts San Diego chapter. Student work from the Spring semester below will give you an idea of what to expect.

Register for 53247  Typography 2 which meets on Tuesdays/Thursday from 6-9:10pm in AH401