array—graphic design senior show 2017

45 individuals, 1 exhibition

The 2017 BFA Graphic Design Senior Exhibition features designers each with their own unique stories. Witness where individual paths cross through one shared creative journey.

BFA Graphic Design Exhibition  
Student Union Ballroom, San José State University

May 8–9
Exhibition, 10am–9pm
Thesis presentations, 10am–5pm

May 10
Exhibition, 10am–6pm
Professional night, 6pm–10pm

May 11
Exhibition, 10am–1pm

On Thursday night at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA, five SJSU Interior Design students were presented with Honor Awards by the Northern California Chapter of the International Interior Design Association. The awards each come with a $2000 cash prize. 

Katie Han received an Honor Award for her Hypertext Book Factory design proposal. As part of her winning design she developed a concept for an Espresso Book Machine that prints, collates, covers, and binds a single book in a few minutes. The Espresso Book Machine fits in  25 square feet of floor space over multiple floors and with the Book Machine, it is possible to print rare, personal and multi-language publications.


Maryam Batouli received an Honor Award for her hypothetical design of Pintrest's new Headquarters. She developed a custom light fixture, in the form of a pushpin, for the project.


Michelle Rumawas and Manpreet Jandir won an Honor Award for their proposal to design a food lab in Accra, Ghana. Their winning design included vibrantly colored walls and tabletops made of an innovative and custom material they developed in class. Their custom material included cement, polymers and local agricultural by products such as pulverized cocoa husks, turmeric and spinach.


Asenath Young won an Honor Award for her design of Silkhar, a mens boutique. Her proposal was to recreate a 1920's Speakeasy vibe by using reclaimed materials and haberdashery items. 

2017 Design Senior Shows

5/5–27 Works Gallery, San José
Opening night6-10pm 5/5
Professional night 4-8pm 5/11

5/7–11 SJSU Student Union Ballroom, San José
Professional night 5–9pm 5/8

5/23–24 San José City Hall Rotunda
Opening night 5–8pm 5/23
Professional night 5:30–9pm 5/24

5/24 Pivot Interiors, 3355 Scott Blvd #110, Santa Clara
Friend and family 3–5pm
Professional night 5–9pm


The 2017 SJSU IDSA Student Merit Award Winner is Vanessa Cantoli

The Student Merit Award (SMA) is sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America with the intention of recognizing talented student designers in their senior year with exceptional academic records. The IDSA Student Merit Award is highly regarded in the design community and represents an extraordinary level of rigor and professionalism recognized across the industry.

Vanessa was selected by a jury of local professionals and will now go on to compete at the 2017 IDSA Western District Design Conference (WDDC), in Portland, OR, against SMA winners from other western district schools. One SMA student will win the WDDC and then present themselves as one of the nation's top students in design at IDSA's 2017 International Design Conference. 

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Department of Design Graduation Ceremony

11am–1pm, May 25, 2017, Morris Dailey Auditorium