BFA GD Class of 2023 would like to welcome all faculty and students to our exhibition, We Just Fit! Our exhibition opens on Monday morning 10/3, and will be open from 9 AM to 6 PM from Monday through Friday next week (10/3–7) in ART 214. We encourage everyone to come learn what SJSU Graphic Design means to us and share our experience! #sjsubfa2023
The Department of Design is thrilled to announce the recipients of our newly minted Faculty Citation Awards. These students are graduating seniors that consistently show initiative, dedication and innovation in their work. They are known for their meticulous craft, their creativity, willingness to mentor others and steadfast reliability. They inspire both the faculty and their peers and we are delighted to honor them for their contributions to the SJSU Department of Design.
Graphic Design: Ryan Parajas
Ryans interest in art and design began when he was a kid messing around with MS Paint. By eighth grade, he upgraded to Photoshop and his interest in graphic design really took off. Ryan says going to SJSU and joining the BFA program was the best decision he ever made. Explore more about Ryan and his creative work.
Animation Illustration: Meiya Lim
Meiya specializes in both 2D and 3D animation, and she has a love for learning about all aspects of the pipeline. She is a proud Shrunkenheadman and has served as a researcher on the SHM Charity Committee! She has directed a multitude of short films and other projects at SJSU, and plans to keep making more. She believes art has the power to influence others, which is why she strives to create meaningful stories that promote open-mindedness and push for understanding of different perspectives. See Meiya's portfolio here.
Industrial Design: Kevin Closson
Kevin is an industrial designer with an interest in model making, graphic design, and user experience. Outside of work he enjoys filming scooter videos with friends in San Francisco. He is excited to use his industrial design skills to work on products in the action sports industry. Sample Kevin's adventurous work online.
Interior Design: Tuan Tran
Since Tuan was young, he loved to explore geometric shapes through Legos. He explored ways these geometric shapes could create simple, yet complex designs when it comes to density. As an interior design student, Tuan is an aspiring designer who finds inspiration through geometric shapes and forms. Creating a space that is fun and positively impacts the users and the community is what he aspires to do as a designer. At work and outside of work, you will find kindness, optimism, care, and help when you reach out to Tuan. Explore Tuan's portfolio here.
Congratulations to Keisha Herrera! She is the winner of The Forust Sustainability Prize for Innovative Concepts in Additive Manufacturing
Forust is building a more sustainable future by upcycling waste sawdust in 3D printers to make products. Wood product manufacturing has traditionally been a subtractive process, but at Forust wood waste that otherwise would be land- filled or incinerated can be turned into fantastic new shapes and forms impossible to make with conventional techniques. This prize seeks to reward problem solvers who can take advantage of new methods of fabrication and manufacture and address new challenges with ground-breaking designs. Keisha's award winning proposal is for the N3lli B Rollator- Mobility with pride. The rollator is meant to be an extension of people’s personal style and appearance, instead of being a solely functional support aid on wheels. N3lli B is a crossover between furniture and aid. She has created a product that is hopefully seen not as a nuisance but as something to empower a person physically and emotionally. 3D printing with recycled wood from Forust will allow for seamless connections within the frame and will make it possible to minimize the number of connections and simplify the overall shape.
Congratulations to Will Christman the O+A "Design For Change" Award Winner!
Will's design for change is the UNHCR Desert Tent: "A shelter system created for
climate refugees in North Africa. Focused on creating community and efficiency in
the refugee camp." We asked Will to tell us a little bit about himself in a short
interview and here is what he had to say:
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I'm Will Christman, going into my 4th year in the SJSU Industrial Design program and minoring in environmental studies.
2. So far, what has been the best thing about being a design student at SJSU?
I've enjoyed the approach to design at SJSU. Professors motivate us to find the best solution in all aspects of design. The thing I enjoy the most is having open-ended design prompts where we can explore design subjects we are interested in.
3. What does the phrase "design for change" mean to you?
"Design for change" to me is all about finding unique solutions and ways to create. As designers we have the ability to create change. It's just about finding out what types of products we can fix. What I really enjoy about industrial design is coming up with multiple solutions to a problem. This thought process can have an impact on innovation.
4. What is the dream job, or project, you hope to get when you graduate?
A company focused on implementing sustainable materials and unique approaches to industrial design would be my dream job. I want to work for a company that has an impact on the world through design.
Animation & Illustration Senior Gallery Show:
Friday May 20th
Works/San Jose 365 S. Market Street San Jose, CA 95113
The website will launch at the same time the gallery show opens:
Graphic Design Senior Gallery Show:
San Jose State Univeristy Student Union Ballroom, second floor
You can use this link to RSVP to the event: https://bfa2022.sjsugd.org
Industrial Design Senior Gallery Show:
Thursday May 19th
San Jose City HAll Rotunda
Interior Design Senior Gallery Show:
Wednesday May 18th for professionals
Thursday May 19th for family & friends
5:30-9:30PM in the Student Union ballrooms A&B
The O+A "Design for Change" Award
The world is in need of designers now more than ever. The interconnected issues we
face as a society have compounded in recent years, forming a multifaceted global crisis
that often seems too vast and daunting to tackle. But designers are problem solvers
who can think outside of the box, adapt to new challenges, break new ground—and put
creativity in the service of solving these problems.
The O+A "Design for Change" Award recognizes the unconventional designer who is determined to solve the most crucial problems of today and anticipate the pressing issues of tomorrow. Someone who is willing to change the game, think beyond the program brief, and innovate holistically with the community, ecosystem, and planet in mind. The "Design for Change" Award honors the SJSU student designer who is truly passionate about giving back and making a positive impact on the world through design. This year’s recipient will receive a cash prize of $1,000.
The focus and theme of the "Design for Change" Award will change annually to highlight some of the challenges and contemporary concerns interior designers are facing, in both the near and far future, which demand a rethinking of how we design. For 2022, the award's inaugural year, we are seeking project submissions that address issues around environmental comfort. Examples of environmental comfort include but are not limited to project explorations that address the use of vegetation, passive climate control, natural lighting, the use of natural or sustainable materials, and ideas about how the body can be in harmony with or interact with nature. Students should select an individual project to enter for the award. Entry submissions should include a resume, a project portfolio not to exceed 5 pages, and a project description of up to 500 words. Applications are due on May 2 and the winner will be announced on May 17. Finalists for the award will be asked to participate in an interview with representatives from O+A.
We will have a special screening of all the SHM short films completed in 2020 and 2021 (14 short films using different techniques and about all kinds of different topics. It's pretty wild!) April 23rd at 5:30pm at the student union (right after the SHM Con!). There will also be a fantastic Q&A with the filmmakers right after the screening. Be there and celebrate the short films made in our community! Masks and proof of vaccination are required. To save a spot, RSVP on this link: https://bit.ly/shmazingShorts
Our SJSU graphic design faculty Joel Miller's protest posters have been accessioned
into the permanent collection at LACMA. Congratulations Joe!
You can see the posters on display as part of the “What Would You Say?" exhibit.
Please join us in congratulating Animation and Illustration student Meghan Graham! She was selected as one of 18 recipients of the prestigious Women in Animation scholarship. Out of 170 applications from 72 schools across the US as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Spain, and the Philippines during the 2021-2022 program, the WIA scholarship committee selected these 18 amazing students as most deserving of scholarships, and Design Dept student Meghan Graham is one of them. Congratulations, Meghan!
Meatspace Magazine is an independent, student-run magazine that features the work of artists, designers, writers, photographers, filmmakers, and more, from across disciplines at SJSU. They're looking for creatives who value creativity and humor to apply to Meatspace and contribute to their next issue! Interested students can apply through the Fall Application link in their profile bio. The deadline is this Saturday the 11th! @meatspacemagazine
SJSU Animation & Illustration Team wins production award from ASIFA-Hollywood
The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Educators Forum awards yearly scholarships to support college students in their pursuit of education or to complete their thesis projects. A panel of animation educators and professionals have judged the completed applications, and the SJSU short film project titled Reyna has been awarded over $4k funds to complete their senior thesis project.
Led by Animation & Illustration graduating senior, Director Jenielle Salarda, Reyna is a 2D animated short film that follows a Filipino girl who is getting ready for the Santacruzan festival. Fighting against her insecurities triggered by some of her community's response to the way she looks, she learns about the origins of Western beauty standards and why she should stand up against them. We aim to open up a conversation that confronts this painful history and the harm that colorism, fatphobia, homophobia, and the rejection of indigenous features continue to echo into our communities today. Our ancestors' means to survive by emulating their oppressors do not serve to define who we are and what we can do as a stronger, more unified community of the present. With an incredibly talented team of diverse individuals, we hope to share a diverse and inclusive space to feel empowered in your body to stand up for yourself and your community.
We are delighted to welcome Eleanor Pries to the Department of Design at SJSU. Pries is joining us as an Assistant Professor in the Interior Design Program. Trained and captivated across multiple disciplines, her research explores the legacy and destiny of civic infrastructure, hydrologic architecture, and absorptive materials.
Pries holds a BA in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University, MA in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, and MA from the University of California, Berkeley. She received the Frederick Sheldon prize fellowship and John K. Branner prize fellowship. Pries has also been practicing for over ten years; her firm engages architecture, urbanism, and strategy.
A committed educator, Pries lectured in architecture at SJSU and UC Berkeley before
joining SJSU full-time in 2021. In studio, students test scalable geometries, construct
tectonic “clouds”, and sculpt light effects, using digital technologies and fabrication
tools. Pries serves as an Advisory Board Ambassador to San Francisco’s Youth Art Exchange
and is an avid surfer at Ocean Beach.
Professor Raquel Coelho Awarded Grant by The International Animated Film Society of
Professor Coelho from animation with Professor Bechert from Film and Theater have won a grant for their proposed project “After the Great Collapse”. The project is for a stop motion short film that is a feminist sci-fi dialogue between two scientists working in a futuristic lab. The film will use 3D printed puppets as part of the project. We look forward to seeing the results of this already award winning creative work.
Graphic Design Students and Assistant Professor Diane Lee Collaborate with Robots
Assistant Professor Diane Lee has collaborated with Andrew Kudless from the University of Houston and 23 SJSU graphic design students to robotically create a collection of new letter forms. The students used grasshopper to create scripts to control a UR5 robot arm, which was able to draw the letter forms using a pentel water brush.
Industrial Design Students WIN BIG!
The SJSU Industrial Design students participated in a multi-campus design competition hosted Autodesk and Limar Italia. Students were asked to design bicycle helmets. We are thrilled to share that SJSU had 7 winners in the competition! Check out the winning designs on the Limar Competition website.
Here are our winners:
- John Michael Hoffman - Best overall design award
- Kai Bannister - 1st place commuter category
- Thong Le - 2nd place commuter category
- David Covarrubius - 3rd place commuter category
- Ryan Yokono - 1st place SJSU school category
- Jerry Ma - 2nd place SJSU school category
- Janella Catura - runner up
Professor San Fratello at SFMOMA
Professor San Fratello and her partner Ronald Rael will exhibit their work at SFMOMA in the exhibition Drawing the Line: Rael San Fratello at the U.S.-Mexico Border, opening August 21, 2021.
Much like the policy and geography that define it, the line drawn between Mexico and the United States is malleable, literally shifting with time. Architecture firm Rael San Fratello has spent over a decade questioning the idea of the border and focusing on the evolving contexts of urbanism in borderlands.
Spring 2021 News
Spring 2021 Senior Shows:
Animation & Illustration Senior Show You can use this link to view student work www.SHMBFAGallery.com
Interior Design BFA Senior Show
Graphic Design Senior Show
BA Design Studies DSGN 197
Congratulations to our Graphic Design Students on winning the Silver Prize in The
Graphis Design Competition.....just as the parameters involved to evolve and take
a new twist! See the latest iteration here!
"Data+AI+Design" - Guest speaker lectures and workshops in Spring 2021
Please check details of the upcoming events on the data+ai+design website.
All of the events require registrations. The Zoom link for each event will be sent to only registered attendees. Free admission to all lectures and workshops.
All the lectures are open to the public.
All the workshops are for SJSU students only. (SJSU email is required for registration) Each workshop has limited seats (25-30 seats) so please register ASAP.
Please contact Prof. Yoon Chung Han (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
In order to promote a dialog on the theme Equity, and to integrate awareness on themes such as Equality and Inclusivity as well as Respect for Differences on Campus, my class at SJSU made this piece out of a basic exercise that I teach. Lickable, pinhole perforated by hand on vintage machines, produced at the Portland Stamp Company in Oregon, with a first run of 100 pieces, this stamp sheet can be used as a decoration, added individually letters, or find its place in Stamp Art collections. Available for purchase.
Logo and branding concepts by My Hoang for FutrMasks, a research initiative at the SJSU industrial design department. The goal of the Futrmasks project is to explore sustainable materials, and a more user-centered design approach to solve problems of filtration, safety, comfort, and sustainability in personal protective equipment (PPE) as it becomes part of our everyday lifestyles. Jamie produced this work as a member of the HA187 design and marketing internship at SJSU. See more @187_archive
Cover concepts by Ryan Huang for his GD83 final class project. Students in the class
research and produce a book on three influential designers. Ryan hand-drew these original
letterforms for his covers, experimenting with vector curves and forms to create unique
The future is international. Animation students from San Jose, CA and sound students
from Monterrey, Mexico collaborated on making short films during Fall 2020. Several
impressive films were animated and scored in just one semester. Featured here is “Reach
Out” by Ange Macedo (SJSU), sound by Rolando Solas, José Luviano, Jesus Hernandez
(Tecnológico de Monterrey)
Branding by Quynh Nguyen @hiquinnng for the college-wide Pandemic Pandemonium initiative. See more work by design students at the H&A Marketing Lab @187_Archive
Our BA Design Studies students have worked very hard this semester and excited to share their work with everyone! Their online gallery is now live!!Use this link to look at more student work https://baseniorshowfall2020. cargo.site/
Congratulations to our Industrial Design Student, Jacob McMullen on winning an IDSA IDEA award for work he did in Professor McClusky’s DSID134 Design and Meaning class last year.
Summer 2020 News
The Department of Design is excited to announce the addition of two new faculty members. Angela Wu is joining the Animation/Illustration program. She has worked on a variety of projects including stories, comics, games, illustrations, and websites. She's interested in new technology and its creative potential. If she can teach some, make some, learn some, play some—that's a good day. She's happy to be joining the full-time faculty at SJSU.
Kohar Scott is joining the Industrial Design program. Her background is a focus on Color, Material, and Finish (CMF) in the field of product design. Her client list includes industry leaders in consumer electronics, pro-audio, toy manufacturing, personal care, and soft goods. Kohar's current research revolves around the use of materials, AI, VR, and AR to solve problems in the design process.
Art + Technology
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has awarded Professor San Fratello, with her partner Ronald Rael, a 2020 Art + Technology grant for the project "MUD Frontiers". The awards include monetary and in-kind support for projects that explore artistic application of emerging technologies.
IIDA Honor Award
Interior Design student Lei Wang recently won first place in the Northern California's International Interior Design Association's (IIDA) Honor Awards for her design of The Paradise Healthcare Clinic.