Graphic Design Option

Department of Media Arts, Design + Technology


MADT-230 Portfolio Review

MADT-283 Digital Print Production

MADT-284 Basic Graphic Design

MADT-327 Information Design

MADT-331 Graphic Design History

MADT-332 Experimental Letterpress Printing

MADT-333 Human Factors

MADT-334 Basic Typography

MADT-431 Publication Design

MADT-432 Sustainable Design

MADT-434 Advanced Typography

MADT-435 Corporate Design Systems

MADT-436 Motion Design

MADT-437 Advanced Graphic Design

MADT-439 Presentation + Practice

Graphic Design Alumni Profiles

JJ Beard is an Environmental Graphic Designer at Gensler in their San Francisco, CA headquarters. After graduating from Chico State in 2007, JJ worked at a boutique environmental graphic design firm, Studio SC, in Seattle. After four years with Studio SC working on project types from college campus way finding programs to hospitals to corporate towers, he transitioned to Gensler. He now collaborates with multi-disciplinary creative teams that focus on user experiences in a wide range of built environments. His current project reach spans the globe but he still shares his design passions with his local San Francisco urban community.

Emily Cincebeaux is a Graphic Designer at gyro, LLC, an advertising agency located in the Telegraph Hill district in San Francisco. She graduated from the Graphic Design program at Chico State in December 2014 and was hired at gyro in March 2015. During her time at gyro, Emily has designed sales sheets, corporate presentations, a logo and a variety of marketing collateral for Visa, Hewlett-Packard, Digital Realty and RCA. She has also worked on design production projects for Blackberry, IGT and California Coastal Commission. Most recently, she spent two days on site at HP headquarters in Palo Alto, working closely with the CEO, CFO and CMO.

Ted Davis is an interaction design lecturer and research assistant at The Basel School of Design, Switzerland. Upon graduating from Chico State in 2006, he spent a year freelancing and soon realized that the experimental design realm of the classroom was far more stimulating. He then moved to Switzerland joining the first graduating class of an International MFA in Graphic Design, a joint program between UIC Chicago and HGK Basel. His current research in the realm of content-based image retrieval (visual search), within a Swiss National Science Foundation funded project, investigates alternative graphical user interfaces to accommodate future image search engines. His teachings focus on design and image making through programming new and newer media, along with embracing the error and glitch while questioning the ideal and mimetic conditions digital media is asked to encompass. These topics have been the focus of lectures and workshops given in both the US and Europe.

Eric Ertmann has always held a strong passion for not only design but also technology. He is a hobbyist coder and his designs primarily deal with user interfaces and digital experiences. Eric graduated from Chico State in 2013. Upon graduation, he worked for Hurley International, the surf apparel brand, as a design intern. He then moved to Pittsburgh, PA to attend Carnegie Mellon University and pursue his master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction. Currently he is in the middle of his graduate education and in the near future he will be moving to New York City to work with Bloomberg LP, in a consulting capacity, as part of his capstone project. When he graduates from Carnegie Mellon in late 2014, he will be moving to Facebook to work as a Product Designer in their Menlo Park office.

Benjamin Falk is a freelance consultant, graphic designer and web developer. With over ten years experience in both online and offline mediums, he combines expertise with both design and code to craft intuitive, user-friendly websites and web/mobile applications for clients across the United States. He’s involved with a little bit of everything, including user experience design, web app development, corporate identity and the occasional print project. A graduate of Chico State’s communication design program in 2012, he was heavily involved in Designers in Progress, AIGA, and interned with Chico’s CMT Design as a print designer. Ben now splits his time between his own personal clients, partnerships with several California-based design firms, and work on Overview, a small project management application aimed at helping other freelancers better manage their time. He currently lives in Gainesville, Florida with his wife, Amanda, and too many cats.

Carrie Fritsch is a partner at Deviant 9 Studios in Paradise, CA, specializing in thoughtful bag design for international clients. Carrie was raised in a bag factory and entrepreneurial environment and learned the bag business and manufacturing through assimilation. After graduating from Chico State in 2005, she joined her family’s business. At Deviant 9 Studios Carrie specializes in bag design, graphic design, branding + identity, product development, color trends and textile design. Her graphic design work has been featured in AIGA, showcased around the world on products, and noted in various publications. Her bag + textile designs are sold around the world under various leading outdoor + lifestyle brands.

Presentation design? In 2006, as a recent graduate of Chico State, Robin Gay had never heard the term. Robin was hired as a junior designer by Duarte, Inc., a global leader in presentation design and persuasive storytelling. Working alongside a talented team, she quickly learned the power of a well-crafted and skillfully delivered presentation. Robin finds creating clear and compelling graphics that effectively tell a presenter’s story a rewarding experience. Currently, as Design Lead Director, Robin manages a team of highly-skilled designers focused on efficiency and presentation systems. She’s proud to call herself a presentation designer.

Alex Laney is the Director of Product and User Experience for, a Chico, CA-based Top 100 Internet Retailer focused on home improvement. After graduating from Chico State in 2011, Alex began his career at Build as a graphic designer, focused on promotional content for the web and print. He soon began developing his analytical, design, and development skills to study user behavior and optimize the usability of the website. Alex now leads a team of UX Designers and Product Managers that continually focus on user research and building tools to improve the often-difficult experience of home improvement.

Gina Meredith is the Lead Design and UX Manager at GAGA Sports and Entertainment, based in San Francisco. A 2012 Communication Design graduate with a focus on Graphic Design, Gina specializes in web based product development and design as well as user experience and usability optimization. Her latest projects include developing the front and back-end logic for GAGA’s industry leading technology and developing the branding and creatives behind digital campaigns for the Los Angeles Lakers, Oakland Raiders, Manchester City FC and Los Angeles Clippers.

Chelsea Moriarty is an Associate Creative Director at Questus, an Advertising Agency in San Francisco, CA. After graduating from CSU, Chico in 2005, Chelsea worked at a small design agency called Digital Brewing Company that focused on building brands online and in print for architecture, B2b, and wine industries. From there, Chelsea transitioned into advertising, creating omni-channel solutions for clients like Starbucks, Driscoll’s Berries, Total Cereal, Capital One, and Universal Studios Orlando Resort.

David Muro II is an Experience Designer at Airbnb in San Francisco, CA. After graduating from Chico State in 2003, David worked at a small packaging and branding design firm, Voicebox Creative, in San Francisco. After seven years designing for the wine industry, David transitioned from brand to product design at Inkling, an educational technology company, where he designed interactive experiences across web, mobile and tablet. Marrying his passion for travel and design, David moved to Airbnb designing experiences for on and offline.

Ryan Orcutt joined Duarte in 2004 as a graduate of Chico State’s Department of Communication Design and now contributes as Associate Creative Director. His 11-year tenure has allowed him to help some of the world’s most influential speakers craft, visualize and deliver some of today’s most compelling and persuasive stories. A natural visual thinker, storyteller, and designer, Ryan’s skill lies in his ability to combine all three. He’s a true believer in the power of presentations and a well-studied student of the Duarte principles. If you dropped in at Duarte headquarters, you’d most likely find him leading a client workshop, drawing a storyboard or bar tending the Friday afternoon happy hour.

Zoe Padgett is a designer and researcher living in San Francisco. She is currently working as a design researcher for IBM Data Analytics. Her past work includes positions at Stamen Design and the UNICEF Innovation Unit. Her work has been featured in Fast Company, PSFK, Off Ramp, and has exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She holds an MFA in Media Design Practices from the Art Center College of Design and holds a BA in Communication Design from CSU, Chico.

Kevin Peth graduated from Chico State in 2013. His focus has always been rooted in advancing communication skills through graphic design. After graduation he worked with Duarte, a presentation design studio in the Bay Area. There his focus was redefining the perception of the presentation by translating important messages into beautiful presentations for global thought leaders, politicians and fortune 500 companies. Kevin was then picked up by Twitter in San Francisco, with the task of assisting their marketing team to improve their communication through design. At Twitter he works on digital, print, static and kinetic design, while supporting the C level executives with major messages.

Luke Ragno is a freelance design consultant based in Los Angeles. After graduating from Chico State in 2007, Luke continued his studies in Switzerland, taking part in the Basel School of Design’s International Summer Program, and joining the first graduating class of an International MFA in Graphic Design, a joint program between UIC Chicago and HGK Basel. He began his career at Brooklyn-based beauty company Amika, later becoming Art Director. During his time at Amika he worked on developing and growing multiple global brands, working on a diverse range of projects including identity, packaging, environmental graphics, and web design and development. As a design consultant, Luke now focuses on crafting boutique brands and innovative user experiences.

Juan Sanchez is a Creative Director and Partner at Tack Mobile in Denver, CO. After graduating from Chico State in 2003, Juan worked for a small advertising agency in Southern California while exploring the world of software design and development. After getting hooked on the aspects of user experience design, Juan moved to Denver, CO to work for a user experience agency where he helped design custom software for leading brands. His focus is now on mobile, designing integrated digital experiences and exploring the future of human-computer interactions.

Stephanie Shami is the Digital Marketing Manager for Ferrari of San Francisco & Maserati of Marin. After graduating from CSU Chico’s Communication Design department with an option in Graphic Design in 2011, Stephanie spent a year freelancing before joining the Ferrari team as their Lead Graphic Designer and Inventory Photographer. As the Digital Marketing Manager she designs all print, packaging and web creative, maintains their websites, and administrates the CRM system for Ferrari of San Francisco, Maserati of San Francisco, Fiat of San Francisco and Maserati of Marin. She also balances freelance projects with various bay area clients.

Mary Trujillo graduated from Chico State in 2014 where she participated as an active member and officer of AIGA. She is currently a Graphic Designer at Gilmour Craves, a graphic design studio in San Francisco, CA. She also assumes the role of project manager for most projects that range anywhere from print and packaging to interaction and web design. She does freelance work with an assortment of other bay area clients in her spare time.

Liam Turner is a Visual Designer at Proteus Digital Health, a Redwood City-based health-technology company focused on ingestible computing. He graduated from Chico State in 2013, where he served as Art Director of school newspaper The Orion, as well as a designer for the campus. As a member of Proteus’ UX team, Liam focuses on how users perceive, manipulate and respond to physical objects. He’s parlayed a strong background in print design into a growing passion for the user’s experience, joining Proteus to concentrate on packaging and publication design, in addition to the company’s visual look and feel.

A man of many hats, Cody Wackerman is working to bridge the gap between development and design. He began pixel pushing at Dubberly Design Office in San Francisco’s Mission District in 2012 as an interaction designer and frontend developer, while at the same time finishing up his last semester at Chico State. His experience as both a designer and developer allows him to bring his design knowledge to the engineering process (and vice versa) in order to craft beautiful and functional software. He is currently working to further expand his knowledge of Ruby, Rails, and all things web.

Rachel Westerhoff is a Creative Manager and Visual Designer at FINIS, Inc. – a Bay Area swim company focused on simplifying the sport through innovation, high-quality products and a commitment to education. She graduated from Chico State in Fall 2012, where she played Club Water Polo and worked as designer at the ATEC [now CMT] studio. Having been a swimmer and water polo player for 10+ years, accepting the job at FINIS was an exciting opportunity to merge work and hobby. Rachel’s project focus at FINIS has included a website redesign, company rebranding, establishing a DAM system, and most recently … the design and project management of the FINIS Live™ Mobile Application.

Alexa Freese Wiley is an Art Director with extensive experience in the Fashion and Beauty industry. After graduating from Chico State in 2006, she headed to San Francisco where she explored packaging, advertising, environmental design, and store experience for such companies as Bare Escentuals, Banana Republic and Stella + Dot. She recently relocated to Los Angeles to lead the Creative Team at Sole Society, a Nordstrom-funded e-commerce brand. She is now directing the full creative work from the copywriting to the campaign photography to the brand strategy. Alexa is an energetic and positive creative who sees beauty and potential in anything and everything.


AIGA Chico Student Group Meetings
Thursdays @ 5pm in THMA-226
AIGA Chico Facebook Group

Graphic Design Portfolio Review
Friday, 6 April 2018
10:00 am – 1:00 pm (public viewing)
ARTS-203 (Crit Space)

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Design: Sarah Schroder
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Full-Time Faculty

Professor, Graphic Design
MFA, Yale University

Member, AIGA

Department of Media Arts, Design + Technology

Spring 2018 Office/Hours:
Monday + Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:50 am


Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
MFA, Iowa State University


Department of Media Arts, Design + Technology

Fall 2017 Office/Hours:
Tuesday + Thursday, 9:00 – 10:50 am


Lecturer, Graphic Design
MFA, Yale University

Department of Media Arts, Design + Technology

Spring 2018 Office/Hours:
Tuesday + Thursday, 10:00 – 11:50 am

Mobile App/Portfolio



Part-Time Faculty

Lecturer, Graphic Design
MFA, Academy of Art University

Department of Media Arts, Design + Technology

Spring 2017 Office/Hours:
Monday, 10:00 – 11:50 am




Graphic Design is a process of visualizing ideas and systems, which transforms information into understanding and enhances the human experience with technology. We teach students to communicate with meaningful visual form and space, enabling them to distill complex information into coherent visual interfaces for interactive applications, visualizations and publications that engage, inform and delight users.

The Graphic Design program has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1975 and is dedicated to developing students’ critical thinking skills, creativity, knowledge of visual communication and human-computer interaction.

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