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

Monday, July 20, 2015

Celebrating NEW Assistant Professor Sean Bacon!

It is with great excitement I want to announce that the Graphic Design Program has a new full time Assistant Professor-SEAN BACON! It's no secret that Sean is a gifted teacher who embraces diversity, is a talented designer and deeply dedicated to students. After an extensive search and hiring committee interviews, San Diego City College President Beebe made this important decision for the Graphic Design program, that was approved by Chancellor Carroll. 

Sean originally hails from Saratoga, California and recently completed his Masters in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has an extensive background as a practicing graphic designer and expertise as an educator and leader in the design community. He is incredibly resourceful, smart as a whip and has the unique ability to point students to just the right design book or website when they need it most. At San Diego City College Sean has taught Page Layout, Portfolio A and B, Studio Practices and Travel by Design. He has secured grants for the graphic design program and is a skilled administrator and strategist.

He will be teaching Basic Design, Page Layout, Portfolio A, Web Page Design and Travel by Design this Fall. At City College Graphic Design we celebrate Assistant Professor Bacon, a visionary thinker who will help guide the design program forward to the future.

Welcome Sean!

Candice López, AIGA Fellow

Fall Forward

78416  MW 1-4:10pm       Sean Bacon                       AH404
07644  MW  6-9:10pm      MaeLin Levine                  AH404

44248  TTh  2:20-5:30pm  Amy Becraft                       AH404
78630  TTh  6-9pm            Amy Becraft                       AH404

71191  Fully Online            Candice López                   WEB
71200  Fully Online            Candice López                   WEB
71211  Fully Online            Candice López                   WEB
87643  TTh  9:35-11am      Candice López                   AH401
Class meets first 8 weeks on campus then fully online

03552  MW  2:20pm-5:30pm   Staff                               AH407/AH409
Class meets October 19-December 19

60080  TTh  9:35-12:45am  Sean Bacon                          AH402

56557  Fully Online              Julie Warren                        WEB
52518  MW 9:35-12:45        Julie Warren                        AH406

INTERMEDIATE GRAPHIC DESIGN 2 133: Identity Systems and Packaging
65105  MW  2:20-5:30pm     Min Choi                              AH402

03611 TTh  6-9:10pm            Paul Drohan                          AH402

70462  MW 9:35-12:45pm      Sean Bacon                         AH401

98305  TTh 1-4:40pm              Candice López/Sean Bacon AH401
Class meets first 8 weeks on campus then online

87087  TTh 1-5:40pm            Andrea Singer                          AH405


53247  TTh 6-9:10pm            Amy Levine                             AH401