PRISM: 23 designers, 5 wavelengths

BFA Graphic Design seniors' work from DsGD 120 Exhibition Design and Info Graphics are on view at Art building room 214. Oct 29–Nov 9, 2018.

Emily Orrach

The work of Emily Orrach—Design Studies student from the Spring 2018 DSGD 63 class has been selected in the best 100 posters in the "Planet for Tomorrow" poster competition—an international poster competition organized from Paris.

The Worldwide Exhibition of the 100 best posters will take place on September 16, International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.…/a-planet-for-to…/selected

SJSU DsGD 63 Instructor: Jean-Benoit Levy

Dana Geiger

Animation/Illustration student Dana Geiger’s work has been accepted into the Society of Illustrators student show in New York.

Eric RodenbeckFall's Guest Lecture: Data Visualization as a Creative Practice

Eric Rodenbeck, CEO & Creative Director of Stamen Design
5–6pm, Sep 11, Art Building Room 133

It’s past time for those of us who do this work to realize that telling stories with data is not a subgenre of computer science, or of anything else for that matter, any more than movies are a subgenre of live theater or photography is a sub genre of painting. Computer science, on its own, has about as much to say about the medium of data visualization as photographic paper engineering has to say about Instagram. Computer science is the technical underpinnings of dataviz, sometimes. Dataviz is the medium.

The event is free and open to public. Space is limited.


SJSU Interior Design students win big at Northern California International

Interior Design  Association (IIDA) Honor Awards.Winners:
Stephanie Leaman, First Place 
Vinh Le, Second Place
Juliano Viray, Second Place

SJSU interior design students won 3 of the 4 student awards given by the IIDA this year at the Fox Theater by the IIDA for projects that examined student homelessness on campus, ecological issues surrounding food growth consumption and waste and bio-mimicry.


Interior Design Professor Virginia San Fratello’s studio Rael San Fratello, has 10 new pieces featured in the exhibit “The Senses: Design Beyond Vision” at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The exhibit opened April 13 and will be up until Oct. 22, 2018. You can also read the New York Times review online

cesar chavez

San José State University's Graphic Design Program, in collaboration with the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force of AIGA | the professional association for design, offers this tribute to the life & legacy of César Chávez.

Fifteen visual interpretations by nine students pay homage not only to his work, but also to those from Dolores Huerta, Larry Itliong and the United Farm Workers.

GD 2018 Rankings

2018 Design Senior Shows

ANIMATION/ILLUSTRATION—Works/San José, 365 S. Market St, San José
Show times:
May 4–25 / Weekdays 12–6pm; Weekends 12–4pm

Opening night:
May 4 / 6–10pm

GRAPHIC DESIGN—SJSU Student Union Ballroom, San José
Show times:
May 14 / 10am–9pm
May 15 / 10am–6pm
May 16 / 10am–9pm
May 17 / 10am–3pm

Professional night:
May 15 / 6pm–10pm

Thesis presentation:
May 17 / 10am–4:10pm

INDUSTRIAL DEISGN—San José City Hall Rotunda
May 23 / 5:30–9:30pm

May 23 / 5–9pm

GD 2018 RankingsThe 2018 Graphic Design School rankings have been released, and the news is good for SJSU!

San Jose State’s rankings:
Top 50 Nationally (#50, top 7% of schools considered)
Top 50 Nationally among Public Colleges (#23, top 5% of schools considered)
Top 10 in California (#8)

Animation Career Review ranks Design programs based on the following criteria:
Academic reputation
Admission selectivity
Depth and breadth of the program
Value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness
Geographic location

This unique program admits every student as a BA Design Studies Major. Upon completion of DsGD 100 and portfolio review, students are eligible to apply for pre-admission to the Graphic Design Program. Once admitted to the program, students will learn how to apply the principles of color, composition, hierarchy, and typography as they relate in the various media—digital, print, motion, 3-D, etc.—that exist in design. Per the school, students will graduate with the ability to “create and develop original concepts, build prototypes, integrate feedback, carry projects through to the production process, and apply principles of visual communication as they relate to reaching audiences, the role of design in society, and the ability to work cooperatively.”

Graduates will show “fluency in the breadth of disciplines that graphic design encompasses, with deep exploration into information architecture, user interface design, interactive design, motion graphics, iterative image-making, exhibition design and typeface design. They will “demonstrate understanding of the design process, design thinking and professional standards and practices, including real-project learning scenarios and a transition into preparing a portfolio to enter the workforce.

You can find the rankings here:

Eye Love You Still

Congrats to BFA Animation/Illustration student Nikiel Suchit whose film "Eye Love You" made it to the Finalists for the 27th Annual CSU Media Arts Festival.