At City, we are driven by passion and curiosity. We strive to make things that are both beautiful and smart. It’s no wonder our students excel in a business world that is increasingly fueled by visual thinking. Our graduates frequently earn top awards, transfer scholarships, and competitive jobs. Come make your future with us—it’s bright at City College.
At City, we open the door to unlimited opportunity. We have a long history of mentoring strong designers who make a difference. Guided by accomplished, exceptional faculty who are working professionals, students learn to design for the real world. Frequently earning top awards, transfer scholarships and jobs, our graduates excel in the industry. At City, we ignite inspiration and student success with portfolios that demonstrate a unique voice, vision and viewpoint.
Sean is a professor, passionate designer and obsessive typophile who teaches a wide range of classes at San Diego City College. He also helps direct and manage the graphic design program and its administrative responsibilities. His courses have included portfolio, advanced typography, portfolio building, and basic graphic design. He brings his wealth of experiences and insight to help produce many of the award winning portfolios from City. He has worked for The Daily Aztec, Jonathan Segal Architecture, Parallax Visual Communication and Silent Partner. He attended San Diego City College, San Diego State and completed his masters at Savannah College of Art and Design.
James Bowman has worked as an Art Director and Designer in various capacities, from agency to in-house, over the past 20 years. He currently maintains a freelance practice doing print and digital work for a select client list. Passionate about education, he began teaching design in 2002. Seeing so many students flourish and succeed ranks among his most rewarding life experiences. James has been an active part of the creative community through volunteer work and as a past member of the AIGA San Diego board of directors. Outside of the office, he enjoys surfing, vintage drums, guitars, Blue Note records, good tea, and Saturday mornings with his wife and daughter.
Since 1997, Eugene has assisted students and faculty in the graphic design Mac lab located in Room AH 406 on the San Diego City College campus. He runs a variety of open lab sessions that meet during the week on days, evenings and Saturdays to help students further their projects and digital abilities. Eugene is skilled at trouble shooting most of the technical software needs for our program and maintains the instructional lab offering additional assistance to our campus’ Technical Support Group. He is particularly motivated by the diversity of staff, faculty and students that has allowed him to continue to evolve as a contributor to society and the creative community.
Min Choi is a passionate designer & educator. Leveraging over 13 years of brand identity, corporate communications, design for entertaining, environmental, infographics, packaging to interactive design, she has won numerous design awards, and owns Min Choi Design. Min imparts her knowledge and love of design to the next generation of designers by teaching at City, SDSU and abroad. She has served AIGA SD as an Education Director, Vice President, and a current faculty advisor for City College student group.
Channin Fulton is an artist and designer. After graduating from PLNU with a B.A. in graphic design, she worked in the agency space, where she practiced branding across print and digital media. She has a certification in type design and lettering from Old School New School for Design and Typography in Melbourne, and has served as a volunteer creative for AIGA and other local non-profits. She currently runs a studio specializing in branding, illustration and murals. Channin loves to work with clients and students to conceptualize and create a vibrant purpose and vision. In her spare time, you can find her soaking up rays by the OB pier or heading to LA for an art day.
Donald Gould is an artist, illustrator and designer specializing in product design and development, print design, illustration, branding, photography and video. Raised in Southern California he currently works as lead designer at Knockaround LLC where he creates product design, marketing materials, packaging and advertising. Donald also oversees brand identity and develops new trends and ideas for future campaigns. When he’s not watching Kitsch movies for personal amusement, he works to expand his creative range by experimenting with old-world trades and alternative forms of communication.
Mike Green is a creative director, design thinker and brand strategist with over 20 years of creative industry experience. Mike has collaborated with talented teams at fortune 500’s and non-profits from all over the globe. From brand identity to broadcast, graphic design to campaign development, Mike has collected a wide range of valuable tools for an ever-evolving media landscape. One of Mike’s greatest passions is education and helping design students make the transition from the classroom to the professional world. He currently teaches ARTG-135 Professional Practices and helps coordinate the Graphic Design Internship Program. When Mike’s not lecturing on the value of design, you can probably find him out surfing or playing soccer with his kids.
Alana Hawkins is a graphic designer, strategist, educator, and obsessive design archivist. She has worked in a variety of companies from publication, research facilitation, and non-profit, developing and sharpening her skills as a business leader now as Principal and Creative Director of Hawks Eye Design. Inspired by both absurdly colorful and striking black and white design, her design sensibility sits somewhere between the works of Lisa Frank and Michael Bierut. Outside of the office, she enjoys digging through old record bins and watching true crime documentaries. Alana has served on the AIGA San Diego Board of Directors, Y Conference Committee, Design Forward Alliance Committee, and PUSD Graphic Design Program. She is an alumni of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
After finishing Design School in Munich in 2000, love transplanted Petra from her orderly and rainy home of Germany to laid-back, sunny San Diego. She embraced it wholeheartedly and picked up hiking, surfing, and the American dream, by starting her own design studio LIME+Co in 2004. There she provides brand strategy and communication design to her clients. Petra is actively involved in the design community to teach, lead events, and extending her creative family. Outside of design Petra splits her time between traveling and spending time with her husband and two kids. As an alumni of San Diego City College and SDSU Petra is excited to bring her passion for design and experiences as a creative business woman to the classroom.
Leanna Jones is a designer and educator with over ten years of experience applying her strategic design mind to a wide variety of project media. Set up for success at San Diego City College, she transferred to San Diego State University where she earned her BA in Graphic Design, went on to freelance for a large digital agency immediately following graduation, and never looked back. As the current Design Director at Cozy, she mentors, trains, inspires and leads creative team members on a daily basis across all types of digital and print projects. She is passionate about teaching, the ever-changing world of design, and committed to bringing her large/small agency expertise to the classroom.
Candice López is an educator and design activist who has taught at San Diego City College for over 30 years. Recognized as a national Design Fellow by the American Institute of Graphic Arts she is dedicated to serving a diverse student population. She challenges her students to think about social responsibility, culture, and conceptual communication to develop global competencies and thrive in our increasingly interconnected world. Candice taught design abroad in Italy, Mexico, Spain and Switzerland. She is a founder of the Urban Art Trail project that helped transform inner-city communities and is the subject of an award-winning children’s picture book. A designer and art director at firms like BBDO Los Angeles, she also served as Arts and Culture Chair of San Diego’s Downtown Vision plan.
Bradford Prairie is an educator, designer, and brand strategist. For over ten years, he has applied his keen eye for detail and aesthetics to a wide variety of digital and print projects. A product of startup culture, his embedded curiosity and spirit of innovation has helped realize the vision of early-stage growth companies. Formerly the Creative Director at Ignyte, his concept-driven process has helped create authentic and emotionally-engaging brands. Open-minded and infinitely curious, thinking is at the heart of everything he does. Bradford is an alumni of San Diego City College and the University of California, Irvine.
Norman Ramos is a graphic designer, screen printer, and production artist who runs a screen printing and design shop. As a technician for the City College digital and analog labs, he assists design students with software and production tasks. Passionate about creating things, Norm excels in turning design concepts into a tangible reality. In his spare time, Norm can be found in his garden or working on craft projects.
Andrea Singer is an accomplished artist who teaches graphic design, fine art and drama. A gifted book arts instructor who has exhibited her work in many galleries and shows, she teaches students the structures and techniques to create unique books. One of the main objectives of her book arts course at San Diego City College is to give a three dimensional life to a two dimensional product. She organizes dynamic showcases of student work and brings her creativity and style to the SDCC book arts program. She is also the Executive Director and founder of Realize: Creative Social Action.
Matt Turney is a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and self proclaimed “Artrepreneur” of 20+ years. As an instructor, Matt’s goal is to “pay it forward” to his students through teaching effective design, industry collaboration, and pushing them to see the potential opportunities in front of them. Over the years, Matt has worked for design agencies, tech startups, in-house departments, and even started his own company, Sneakerbox. His client list includes companies such as: Adidas, Nike, AMC Theaters, Burton Snowboards, Barona Casino, The San Diego Padres, and San Diego Legion Rugby. Matt is an alumni of Portland Community College and has studied at Oregon State University.
Julie Warren is a visual artist, educator and entrepreneur. Dedicated to excellence in design and education, she has over three decades of experience teaching design and creating visual communications for clients large and small. From corporate training to development and implementation of college courses online and in the classroom, Julie brings a depth of knowledge and an enthusiastic approach to education. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Michigan State University, she has been employed in the graphic arts field, becoming a digital design expert. Credentialed as an online instructor in Learning Management Systems, Julie infuses creative energy and strong communication skills into every project. She has mentored many students and held leadership positions as a creative director, production manager and teacher.