Erik Adigard (BFA in Graphic Design, 1987) cofounded M-A-D, an interdisciplinary firm invested in the design of print and interactive media. His work explores the new relationships between iconography, urbanism, and digital technology—a dynamic that has far-reaching implications in business and popular culture and in the redefinition of contemporary design.
After producing visual essays for various magazines, most notably for Wired magazine during the '90s, Erik joined Wired Digital as design director from 1996 to 1998 to design the Hotbot search engine, Wirednews, and a series of experimental interfaces.
Other M-A-D notable projects include Architecture Must Burn, coauthored with Aaron Betsky; the short documentary Webdreamer; and the branding of IBM software. More recently Erik conceived a 500-piece exhibit for Experimentadesign, the Lisbon biennale.
Erik's art projects include commissions from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the St. Etienne International Design Biennial, the Villette Numérique biennale in Paris, and Muffathalle in Munich.
A number of Erik's creations have been shown in national museums, international biennales, and film festivals, and in publications worldwide. He has received many awards, including the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design.
Erik has taught graphic design at California College of the Arts and at IADE in Lisbon, and he has lectured at design conferences in the United States and Europe.
Andre Andreev & G. Dan Covert
Andre Andreev (BFA in Graphic Design, 2005) grew up in Bulgaria, where he watched his dad practice traditional graphic design. After witnessing the life of a designer, Andre decided to become one as well. He migrated to the United States and graduated with honors from CCA. After working for odopod, a design studio in San Francisco, he landed in New York at MTV doing motion graphics and directing.
G. Dan Covert (BFA in Graphic Design, 2004) is from Ohio. He studied marketing at Ohio State University for a few years before deciding to leave Ohio to study graphic design at CCA, where he graduated with honors. After stints at XLarge Clothing and karlssonwilker inc., he also landed in New York at MTV doing print, motion graphics, and directing.
Andre and Dan teach graphic design and typography at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and are partners in the design firm dress code. At the combined age of 47, they have a client list that includes Adobe Systems, Nike, Fila, CMT (Country Music Television), XLarge Clothing, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Definitive Jux Records, New York Collective for the Arts, DDB, Destroy Clothing, Threadless T-shirts, Empire State, Revelation Records, Southern Exposure, and West of January Records.
They won the Adobe Design Achievement Award for print in 2004, and their work is in the permanent collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles. They have been recognized by AIGA, Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, CMYK, Graphis, HOW, I.D., Metropolis, PRINT, and Step Inside Design, among others. Their firm was recently featured in Step Inside Design's "Field Guide to Emerging Design Talent," and Andre and Dan were winners in the Young Guns 5 competition of the Art Directors Club.
Lawrence Azerrad (BFA in Graphic Design, 1995) is an independent graphic designer and art director based in Los Angeles. His studio, Lawrence Azerrad Design (LAD), has produced work in film, print, digital media, and album packaging for a diverse range of clients.
From 1996 to 2001, Lawrence worked at Warner Bros. Records as an art director and graphic designer. While at the record label, he created packaging and imaging for artists such as Elvis Costello, Miles Davis, Clint Eastwood, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brad Mehldau, and Wilco.
Since 2001 at LAD, Lawrence has produced design for Virgin, IMF (the International Music Feed), and surf legend Laird Hamilton. Lawrence has continued designing for music, creating boxed sets and album covers for artists including Jakob Dylan, Philip Glass, and Paul McCartney.
Other studio projects include design for Heal the Bay, California's clean water environmental advocacy institution; Making Khachaturian, a short documentary that chronicles the life of the Soviet classical composer; and artwork for Ari Bhöd, the American Foundation for Tibetan Cultural Preservation.
In 2003 and 2005, Lawrence was a guest speaker at Creative Summit in San Marcos. He has taught art direction in the photography department at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and graphic design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Giorgio Baravalle (BFA in Graphic Design, 1992) was born in Torino, Italy, in 1967. After graduation, Giorgio collaborated with Tamotsu Yagi Design for three years. Drawn to the naturalistic approach of this Japanese firm, he embraced their clean and minimalist style.
In 1995, Giorgio moved to Milan to work with the design office of 21 Investimenti, the holding company of Benetton, on numerous packaging projects. Graphic projects were developed for United Colors of Benetton, Bic, Enervit, Kaslte, and Osama.
In 1997, Giorgio founded de.MO, a design and publishing firm that seeks to explore subjects thoroughly and communicate an unconventional and passionate ethos. Corporate communication projects have included logo designs for EMI Italy and the European Soccer League and the book design for the United Nations on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Fifty Year Anniversary.
In 2001, Giorgio opened his design office in Millbrook, New York, and since then has published 13 books, mainly on photojournalism, ranging from the award-winning Elliott Erwitt's Flip o Rama and Tsunami, a collaboration with VII Photo Agency and Doctors Without Borders.
Gaby Brink is founding partner and creative director of [Tomorrow](http://www.tomorrowpartners.com/), a strategic design agency located in Berkeley, California. She leads an interdisciplinary team of talents in the development of all client work. Gaby is a tireless advocate for building brands that are strategically sharp, unique in their marketplace, and that succeed to connect with their audience in meaningful ways. She has worked closely with many leading marketers including Apple, Avaya, the Coca-Cola Company, MTV, Oracle, and Target, as well as emerging companies and nonprofits including former president Bill Clinton's National Campaign Against Youth Violence. The spectrum of her team's creative expression is as diverse as the clients it serves.
Prior to launching Tomorrow, Gaby was managing partner and creative director of her creatively acclaimed branding and design firm Templin Brink Design. In the mid-90s, she joined Foote Cone & Belding to help found its Design Group. During her tenure at FCB, she developed many distinctive brands through advertising campaigns, packaging, collateral, and retail programs, especially for Levi Strauss & Co. and Dockers Khakis.
Gaby is environmental chair on the board of AIGA San Francisco, where she promotes the integration of sustainable solutions to the design community at large. She also serves on the thesis committee at her alma mater, California College of the Arts, and is an advisor to the Academy of Art University.
Patrick Coyne is editor and designer of Communication Arts, the leading professional journal for designers, art directors, design firms, agencies, and corporate communications departments. Through its editorials, feature articles, and annual competitions, CA provides new ideas and information while promoting the highest professional standards for the field. In addition to determining the layout and editorial direction of the magazine, Patrick writes feature articles and the editor's column.
The recipient of numerous awards for his design and art direction (including a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators), Patrick received the 2004 Design Leadership Award from the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He has also guest lectured at numerous creative organizations and universities.
After attending CCA, Coyne worked for Michael Mabry Design and SBG Partners prior to cofounding the multidisciplinary, San Francisco-based design firm Patrick Coyne Stephanie Steyer Design Office.
Jennifer Jerde (BFA in Graphic Design, 1992) is the founder and creative director of Elixir, a flock of designers, writers, and strategists, where she keeps the bar just low enough for the business to stay profitable.
Her work has won numerous awards and is held in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as in landfills across the country.
Jennifer earned a joint degree in art history/fine art from Tufts University and the Museum School in Boston. She also earned a BFA in design with honors from California College of the Arts, where she teaches from time to time.
Patricia McShane (BFA in Graphic Design, 1987) studied painting, sculpture, photography, and philosophy at San Francisco State University. She completed her education at California College of the Arts.
In 1989, McShane cofounded M-A-D, a design firm with the primary objective of conceiving brand strategy and visual communications with a focus on building synergies between business, culture, and technology.
McShane has produced design for ABC/Disney, Adobe, Amnesty International, AOL, Apple, Autodesk, Berklee College of Music, IBM, the International Design Conference in Aspen, Lotus, Macromedia, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and the magazines Mother Jones, Raygun, Sony, and Time.
M-A-D won the prestigious Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design in 1998 for its contributions to the emerging field of new media and is frequently featured in publications worldwide.
McShane was adjunct faculty at California College of the Arts from 1997 to 2000. She is currently on the editorial advisory board of HOW magazine and is a member of Astra Women's Business Alliance and WBENC.
Michael Vanderbyl (BFA in Graphic Design, 1968) is internationally prominent in the design field as a practitioner, educator, critic, and advocate. Since its establishment in San Francisco in 1973, Vanderbyl Design has evolved into a multidisciplinary studio with expertise in graphics, packaging, signage, interiors, showrooms, retail spaces, furniture, textiles, and fashion apparel.
Printed work by Michael has been recognized in every major design competition in the United States and Europe. His work is part of the permanent collections of several museums and is featured in national and international publications. His showroom and product designs have also earned numerous awards and distinctions.
Michael has been a guest speaker at numerous design conferences including the Stanford Conference on Design and the IIDA Pioneers in Design in New York City and San Francisco. Additionally, he has acted as visiting instructor at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Art Center College of Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Universities of Cincinnati, Kansas, and Washington.
In 1989, Michael was the recipient of the Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Chair at the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1996, he was bestowed the award of Buckman Professor in Design Education from the University of Minnesota. Michael was selected as one of I.D. magazine's ID Forty for 1997 and the same year received the Lifetime Achievement in Product Design by the Pacific Design Center. In 2000, he received the highest honor awarded by the American Institute of Graphic Arts: the AIGA Medal.
Michael was featured on the PBS series The Creative Mind, and his work has been exhibited worldwide including at the Denver Art Museum (USDesign: 1975–2000), SFMOMA, and Museo Fortuny. In association with their Calibre Awards in 2006, the Southern California Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) will honor Michael with their Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 1987, Michael was elected a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), an international graphic design organization based in Zurich. He has served three terms on the board of directors of the National AIGA, most recently as president for the 2003–5 term. At the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Michael holds a position on the Design Advisory Board and the Architecture and Design Accessions Committee. Michael is the recipient of the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Graphic Arts and presides as dean of design at California College of the Arts.