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Sean Adams

Chair, Undergraduate and Graduate Graphic Design

Sean Adams is the Chair of the Undergraduate and Graduate Graphic Design Program at ArtCenter. Adams continues his design practice with The Office of Sean Adams. He is the author of multiple books, and on-screen author for LinkedIn Learning. He is the only two-term AIGA national president in AIGA’s 100 year history. In 2014, Adams was awarded the AIGA Medal, the highest honor in the profession. He currently is on the editorial board and writes for Design Observer. 

 Adams is an AIGA Fellow, and Aspen Design Fellow. He has been recognized by every major competition and publication including; How, Print, Step, Communication Arts, Graphis, AIGA, The Type Directors Club, The British Art Director’s Club, and the Art Director’s Club. Adams has been exhibited often, including a solo exhibition at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Adams is an author of multiple magazine columns, and several best-selling books. He has been cited as one of the forty most important people shaping design internationally, and one of the top ten influential designers in the United States. Previously, Adams was a founding partner at AdamsMorioka. 

His clients have included The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Disney, Mohawk Fine Papers, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, Richard Meier & Partners, Sundance, and the University of Southern California.



Brad Bartlett

Faculty Director, Transmedia

Brad Bartlett is a designer, artist and educator. He earned his Masters Degree in Design from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1998, graduating with the highest honors. He also holds a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. His graduate work at Cranbrook, exploring the relationship of media and culture, was presented at MIT and Fabrica of Benetton in Italy.

He has been an educator at Art Center College of Design since 1999 and was awarded Great Teacher in 2003 and again in 2014, delivering the commencement address to the summer graduating class. Brad is also the Faculty Director of Transmedia in the Graphic Design Department at Art Center, where he has worked to implement transmedia pedagogy and has overseen the development of transmedia courses.

The work of his Los Angeles-based design studio has won numerous awards and has been widely published. In 2012, his work was awarded the Frances Smyth-Ravenel Grand Prize for Excellence in Design by the American Alliance of Museums for the Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment.


Brian Boyl

Faculty Director, Visual Interaction Design

M.F.A. UCLA, B.F.A. Reed College. Creative Director and Principal, Pure Media Design, specializing in Information Design, Interactive Prototyping, and Visual Design for interactive multimedia media presentations.mClients include: Nokia, O2, Disney, Hasbro, Oracle, Marvel Comics, SEGA, Nintendo, SONY, IBM, Philips, Lightvision, ICON, UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount, and Art Center. Awards include a Cine Eagle for his animation Smoky Night, and an NEA Grant for visual effects. Author of Discovering Nature's Alphabet, a children's book of photos depicting letters formed entirely by natural objects.

Ivan Cruz


B.F.A. Art Center College of Design.
Ivan Cruz is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator, freelance animator /designer, founder and CEO of Hexen Inc.

Clients: Apple, IBM, EXXON, UCLA, Target, Nike, Vizio, Verizon, Northrop Grumman, Castrol, Katy Perry, Mazda, TEDx, NFL, Stoli Vodka, Ueberall: Awards: 2010/2012 Promax Design Award for “Adobe CS5” and “8-Balloons”; “Think Metric” featured in IDN : Vol.18 no.4 : 2011 Interactive Annual 19; IBM THINK Exhibit featured in the Communication Arts Interactive Annual 19, Emmy Certificate for Individual Achievement for Art Direction in the Animation Category for “Heart of Stone”



Tyrone Drake

Faculty Advisor, Print

B.A. Art Center College of Design Principal Owner TDGD + AD (Ty Drake Graphic Design + Art Direction) Tyrone Drake is a Graphic Design Professional and Design Educator based in Los Angeles, California. He has collaborated on graphic design, branding, and visual communications related projects with clients in Hospitality, Sports, Architecture, Music, Film, and Health and Beauty. He is Former Art Director for USC School of Architecture, A + D (Architecture + Design Museum) and Natsun America Apparel Company. Selected Clients: Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), Montage Hotels and Resorts, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Ringo Starr, KCRW 89.9 FM, 20th Century Fox Entertainment.
Earth Wind + Fire - “The Remixes” Volume 1.
“Expansions” The Remixes.
“Astral Traveling” The Remixes

Jan Fleming

Jan is a seasoned creative who’s worked in diverse media for some of the world’s most influential companies, lifestyle brands and non-profit organizations including Sundance, The Walt Disney Co, ABC Networks, Viacom-Nickelodeon-MTV, HBO, Live Earth, Transworld Media, NewForm Digital and The Library Foundation Los Angeles.

Jan has a broad range of experience in film and television, multi-dimensional branding, advertising, experiential entertainment, publishing, consumer products, social media and digital.

Notably, Jan served as VP, Executive Creative Director-Producer for Robert Redford | Sundance.
Over 12 formative years, she helped to shape the Sundance brand across all its related organizations; developing and producing content and branded experiences for Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Institute, Sundance Film Series, Sundance Resort and Farms, Sundance Cinemas, Sundance Catalog and also by serving as VP, Head of Creative and Content for SundanceTV.

Prior to Sundance, Jan was an executive at The Walt Disney Company. While at Disney, she led creative development for several large-scale new businesses, including an extensive educational brand with an associated learning channel for Disney-ABC Networks; Disney’s first Regional Entertainment concept: 
Disney ClubHouse, and several digital innovation projects with Walt Disney Imagineering.

Before coming to Disney, Jan created and executive-produced one of Nickelodeon-Nick Jr’s premiere preschool series, Allegra’s Window.

She considers herself fortunate to have begun her career at Children’s Television Workshop in New York, where for 6 life-changing years, she was mentored by some of the finest and most generous minds in media history, otherwise known as the people who created Sesame Street.


Chris Hacker

Chris Hacker is a full-time professor in the Graduate Program at ArtCenter. previously, he was Vice President Marketing and Design at Herman Miller and served as Creative Director, Consumer and Specialty. In this role, Chris provided creative leadership to the Herman Miller Collection and Consumer businesses and Geiger, he guided product, experience, communication design and the marketing efforts that support the strategic objectives of these businesses.

Prior to joining Herman Miller, Chris led the creative teams for brand identity, product & packaging design, retail and facility design and brand imagery at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies. The teams managed project work in all three divisions of J&J as well as corporate work for the central functions including communications, HR and facilities. In addition, Hacker led the environmental sustainability effort at the J&J Consumer Companies.

Hacker’s passion is bringing awareness to designers and other business people of their power in the business world to make sustainable design a key paradigm of design process and therefore make the products and materials produced lighter on the planet.

Chris was Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Design for Aveda™ prior to joining Johnson & Johnson. In this capacity he had responsibility for overall strategic marketing leadership, new product development and promotion. Under his leadership, Aveda was awarded the 2004 National Design Award for Corporate Achievement from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati College of Design Architecture and Art. He is a recognized expert in Corporate Design Leadership and is a frequent national speaker on design & design sustainability. 

He is a member and past- Chair of the Global Agenda Council-Design for World Economic Forum


Gerardo Herrera

Faculty Director, Packaging

Gerardo Herrera earned his B.F.A. degree in 1991 with Honors in Graphic Communication and Packaging design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California.

In 1996, Gerardo was recruited by Nokia to build and head The Brand Experience Design Teams in the US, UK, China, & Finland. The team provided strategic insight and advanced design for Nokia’s global brand, Vertu Brand, Nokia’s N-Gage Sub-brand, product development, user interface and experience design creation. As Global Director of this strategic design team, they set the vision of Nokia’s future as well as set up the foundation to integrate purpose and process with all the disciplines inside and outside of Nokia Design.

Recently, Gerardo has co-developed, designed, manufactured and launched the premium pet lifestyle company {yep yup}, whose mission is dedicated to merging pet tech and their people lifestyles. He is also an associate at Design Studio Nuovo, with founder Frank Nuovo, former chief of design for Nokia and founder/creator of Vertu. Design Studio Nuovo is an incubator for developing compelling ideas, design solutions and innovative technology systems for commercially viable products and services with global brands and new ventures.

In addition to leading {yep yup}, Datzing – a micro location software platform and Head of Brand Experience for DSN, Gerardo is also the Director of Packaging for Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He leads his departments faculty in the continued development of the curriculum, while teaching and working with Art Center’s Educational Partnerships for Corporate Sponsored Projects & DesignStorms® . These all are vehicles to explore industry challenges and envision the future through a team of multi-disciplinary design students and, faculty.

META Watch Brand
Datzing–Brand Development
Yep Yup–Brand Development
Vertu–Brand Development
Nokia Brand Experience


Simon Johnston

Faculty Director, Print

B.A. Bath Academy of Art, England; M.A. Kunstgewerbeschule, Basel, Switzerland.
Graphic Designer/Artist. Founder of Simon Johnston Design, 8vo studio London and Octavo magazine.
Clients: Whitney Museum, Steidl Verlag, Getty Trust, Norton Simon Museum, UCLA, Oxford University Press, Gagosian Gallery, Princeton Architectural Press.
Solo exhibitions: Subject/Verb/Object, UC Davis; Indefinite Articles, American Cement Building Los Angeles
Publications: 8vo: On the Outside; Communicate: Independent British Graphic Design Since the Sixties; Typography: When Who How; New Design: Los Angeles; Cutting-Edge Typography; Eye Magazine; Dot Dot Dot; Creative Review.
Awards: New York Type Directors Club, AIGA 50 Books, ID Magazine Design Review, American Center for Design 100 Show, Brno Biennale (Czech), American Association of Museums.
Lectures: Interprofile 8 Bremen, Germany; CPC Taipei, Taiwan; UC Davis: UCLA; CalArts: Otis
Professor: Art Center College of Design. Director of Print/Branding. Creative Director and Faculty Liaison, Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography
UCLA Extension Courses publication
Yoshitomo Nara catalogue for Blum & Poe Gallery
Invitation card for show of work in Berlin

Works by Julian Hoeber for Blum & Poe Gallery
John Baldessari holding catalogue raisonné vol. 2


River Jukes-Hudson

B.F.A. Graphic Design, Art Center College of Design; B.F.A. Painting & B.F.A. Industrial Art, San Francisco State University & Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze
Graphic Designer
American University Museum, Armory Center for the Arts, Cherry and Martin, Chronicle Books, GOOD Magazine, Harvard University, J & L Books, LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, Now-Again Records, NYT Magazine, powerHouse Books, Stüssy, The Third Rail, University Art Museum (CSU Long Beach), Vans, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
The Bookbinders’ Guild of New York, Type Director’s Club, Output 09
Published Works:
365: AIGA Year in Design 28; Fully Booked; Graphic 12; Graphic 14; Output International Yearbook; Typography 29; Webdesign Index by Content; Web Designing; Young GraphicDesigners: Americas
Illustration for From Dust

Steve Kim

Managing Director, Gx

UCLA: Multimedia Design
Co-Faculty: 1st ever IxDA/Google Awards: STEPs project, Portfolio and Career Prep


Greg Lindy

B.A. CSU Northridge
Previous design director / partner at Intersection Studio
Currently creative director / owner of Lux Typographic + Design
Specializing in font development for clients and retail licensing
Johnson & Johnson, ReVerb, Dolby, John Deere, AVG
TDC, American Center of Design 100 Show
Lux Typographic and Design promo poster
Philanthropology Consultancy Logo and Burlington type face

Lux Typographic and Design assorted promotional specimen materials
Gustan Forma Type Specimen


Annie Huang Luck

B.F.A., Art Center College of Design.
Creative director, BOCU & BOCU. Formerly: Associate Art Director, Bon Appétit magazine.

Clients: NBC, Los Angeles Dodgers, W Hotels, DIRECTV, Condé Nast Publications, University of Southern California, Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
Awards: Communication Arts, Print, Print Typography.
USC Annenberg Press iBook Cover
W Hotels Book
LA Dodgers Magazine


Miles Mazzie

B.F.A Parsons School of Design, NY, M.F.A. Cranbroook Academy of Art
Senior Associate Sussman/Prejza & Company, Inc. 1998-present
Miles brings a broad interdisciplinary background of professional work and academic experience to Art Center. He has taught in the Industrial Design department at CCA, San Francisco and within the Environmental Design Program at Otis, Los Angeles before joining Art Center to develop the Mediatecture curriculum. His professional work includes environmental graphic design solutions, exhibition design work and streetscape programs for multiple client types.
W Hotel and Condominiums
Grand Park


Stephen Serrato

Stephen Serrato lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He began his independent graphic design practice after receiving a BFA from the ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena in 2005. From the fall of 2008 to Summer 2010, Serrato was a participant in the post graduate program, Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem, the Netherlands where he earned his MFA. His work has been exhibited internationally and most recently included in the “Work from California” exhibition curated by Jon Sueda at the 25th International Biennial of Graphic Design, Brno, Czech Republic.

His studio works across various media but specializes in design for art and cultural institutions and independent record labels. Clients include: Amsterdam School of the Arts, Bing, Circular Facts, de Appel Arts Center, Kunstverein Publishers, Kindred Spirits Records, Mochilla, Naked Faces Films, Netherlands Architecture Institute and Publishers (NAI), Poo-Bah Records, Stedelijk Museum, Stonesthrow Records, UCSD Art Gallery, and Warp Records among others. 



Tracey Shiffman

Faculty Advisor, Print

B.F.A., Visual Communication: California Institute of the Arts
Teaching and Administration (Art Center College of Design): Recipient of Adams Fellowship, 2001-2003, Dean of Faculty and Students – 2001, Chair of Foundation Studies – 1991-2001, Associate Chair of Graphic Design -1986-1991. Faculty member in Foundation Studies, Graphic Design-Graduate and Undergraduate levels and the Liberal Arts and Sciences department (HDS) since1984. Taught at the Otis Art Institute 1980-1984. Fine Art: Group shows in Germany, Japan and Thailand 2001-2012, Andlab 2005-2008, Sturt Haaga Gallery 2013, Solo exhibitions in Los Angeles at LA Art Core 2002-2010.

Clients:ARCO, The Los Angeles Music Center, the Otis Art Institute, Mitsubishi, Gillette and the Tishman Corporation. Regular panelist for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. Board member of Art Division, an inner-city school that addresses the needs of underserved youth in the Rampart district of Los Angeles.
Garry Winogrand
Kishio Suga
Skin and Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture
Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha
Moca New, Gala Invitation

Jennifer Sorrell

Jen is a Designer & Typographer who values diversity and aims to learn more about culture, language, and community through design. She holds a BFA in Architecture from the University of Kentucky, College of Design and an MFA in Graphic Design from ArtCenter College of Design. She completed the nationally recognized program Teach for America in 2014.


Ming Tai

Faculty Director, Motion

Ming Tai is an Emmy award winning director and designer with over 18 years of experience in the motion design industry. He is the co-founder/partner/creative director of the award winning motion design agency Mfactor. Ming is also the Faculty Director of Motion at Art Center College of Design with over 12 years of experience as a educator and mentor. B.A. Cal Poly Pomona, College of Environmental Design, Graphic Design.
Promax/BDA Clients: Bloomberg, Fox Sports, LA Sports Commission, NBC Universal, NBCSN, NFL, NFL Network, Philips, Wall Street Journal, YES Network Awards: Promax/BDA, Emmy
ANA - All Nippon Airway
Regional MLB Promo Package for FOX Sports
NBC Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Live Promotion
Brooklyn Nets

Carolina Trigo

Carolina Trigo studied Fine Arts in Buenos Aires prior to receiving her B.F.A from Art Center College of Design in media and communications. She holds a Master in Philosophy form the European Graduate School (www.egs.edu) and is currently a PhD Candidate at EGS working under the guidance of Alain Badiou. Trigo has taught at Art Center College of Design, Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan, UCLA's Design & Media Arts and Sci-Arc, where she is a lecturer and critic for the Mediascapes program.

In 2010 Trigo and fellow artist Lucy Pullen created The Affinity Laboratory, an Art through media research and praxis Lab investigating the concept of a Synthetic Will and the cultivation of Affinity in art, industry and academe. That same year she self-published a research paper titled "Aural Ousia: Sound as Architecture,"an autobiographical study of being under the lens of geometry, physics and mathematics. Aural Ousia begins with an exploration of the geometric art of Islam, tracing the co-respondence of dimensional mathematics of antiquity to contemporary geometries in quantum mechanics and their relationship to sound.

Her current practice involves video, photography and installation. It examines bodies that leak and coagulate in arousal and erasure (openings and insertions of the In-There Un-There); sifting through the violence of opposing limits that endure the fissures between laceration and the sublime: the animality of remembrance, the viscerality of resistance. Where presence and absence convulse like lovers, tracing turbulent thresholds of being, risking themselves in an encounter where horizons are set ablaze into a strange power, the power of the stranger.