David Hisaya Asari's design experience ranges from information graphics, exhibition design, environmental design, and wayfinding systems to identity, branding, corporate communications, editorial design, annual reports, books, catalogs, and packaging.
Though he began his career with renowned designer Gerald Reis, David was first introduced to professional practice while an intern at the design studio of Doug Akagi (Akagi Design/Alterpop). After working at several San Francisco studios, David joined the international design consultancy Pentagram as a senior designer. He worked for over a decade with Pentagram partner Kit Hinrichs. David has worked with a range of clients, including Design Within Reach, AICAD, San Francisco Free Clinic, University of Southern California, the Museum of Glass, University of Michigan Business School, Ansel Adams Center for Photography, McGeorge School of Law, and the San José Institute of Contemporary Art. His projects have been recognized in major design competitions and publications, including New York Art Directors Club, AIGA, Critique, Western Art Directors Club, One Club, and Graphis.
David is on the Board of AIGA San Francisco. In his role as a Director, he serves as Vice President, and Diversity Intiative Chair. In 2012, he will start his two year term as President of AIGA SF, the second largest national chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design. He is a past board member of the San Francisco Art Directors Club; and is currently on the Advisory Board for Acumen, the graduate journal of the Design & Industry Department of San Francisco State University.
He teaches in the Graphic Design program, where he helps to coordinate L3R, the program's junior level review and exhibition. He also teaches in Graduate Design, including the summer intensive Studio 0. A member of the First Year faculty, he is a Core Coordinator (2D), and a First Year Advisor for incoming freshmen.
He serves on the PDSG: President's Diversity Steering Group. And has represented CCA at its partner institution, the International Foundation Course (IFC) at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, China. Invited by Dean Min Wang, he presented a lecture to students and faculty in the School of Design at CAFA.
David studied printmaking (intaglio etching and lithography) at the University of California, Berkeley, earning a fine arts degree, and continued his studies in graphic design at CCAC.