Ready to Design this Spring

There’s a lot happening this Spring in the Design Program.  We welcome new part-time faculty members, are excited about new courses, and new opportunities for our design students.

Welcome New Part-Time Faculty Members

Portrait of Michael CarabettaMichael Carabetta returns to teach his own section of Publication Design this semester.  Michael previously co-taught Publication Design with Sandra Kelch, and is excited to be here all semester this year.  Michael is creative director of Chronicle Books, a San Francisco-based publisher. His work has received recognition from the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), and his projects have appeared in a variety of design publications. In 2016 Michael was made a Fellow of the AIGA San Francisco Chapter for his contributions to the design community.


photo of Ben Lerchin Ben Lerchin joins us teaching Interaction Design, an upper division studio elective.  Ben is an artist, activist, and technologist.   Some of his past projects have included: building an autonomous camera for landscape photography, developing workflow tools for fine-art fabrication, founding a community gallery in rural Washington State, building websites for community organizers, and serving as lead engineer for an autonomous art robot.


photo of Nick LomboyNick Lomboy joins us to teach one of several sections of Visual Communication II.  When not at USF, Nick is a designer at Elixer.  He graduated from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He loves looking at typography and making logos. When he isn’t working he enjoys going to shows and surfing.




New Courses

graphic for Brand Identity classProfessor Noopur Agarwal is teaching a brand new course she designed called UnPacking Brand Identity.  Students  are going are going to be getting their hands dirty (literally—there will be a lot of cutting and gluing making 3D prototypes) evaluating and redesigning existing brands as well as creating their own brand from the ground up.


image of portfolioProfessor Rachel Beth Egenhoefer is also teaching a new course – Design Studio Workshop.  This new 2-unit elective gives students the opportunity to revise or create work for their portfolios.  Over the years Egenhoefer observed that students were wanting a space to do more self-guided projects or re-work projects from past classes.  The class works on improving the works presented in a students portfolio for preparation into the professional design world.  The 2-unit option allows students to easily add it on to a regular 16-unit load.



What else?  This semester we have more students in Internships than ever before.  Look for an update on what they’re learning in the field latter this semester.  Our seniors who are getting ready to graduate will have their work from Senior Design Projects exhibited at SOMArts Gallery in May.  Our labs are also packed with multiple sections of Vis Com I, Vis Com II, Publication Design, and lots more!