David Asari

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David Hisaya Asari is assistant chair of Graphic Design. In his studio work, his 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, Asari was first introduced to professional practice while a student at CCAC, interning at the design studio of Professor Emeritus Doug Akagi (Akagi Design/Alterpop).

After working at several San Francisco studios, Asari joined the international design consultancy Pentagram as a senior designer.

There, he worked for over a decade with Pentagram partner Kit Hinrichs. Asari 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.

Asari is President Emeritus of the San Francisco chapter of AIGA, the nation's oldest and largest professional design organization. In six years of board service and chapter leadership, he worked on initiatives on diversity and mentoring and spearheaded significant Bay Area design events, including SF Design Week. 

He begins national service with AIGA as Presidents Council incoming chair -- working with current Presidents Council Chair, AIGA Board of Directors, executive director, and national staff -- in support of the leadership of AIGA's 68 chapters and more than 25,000 members.

He is also past board member of the San Francisco Art Directors Club/Creative Alliance, and is currently on the advisory board for Acumen, the graduate journal of the Design & Industry Department of San Francisco State University.

He also served on the site committee for the 2014 Association for Asian American Studies Conference.

As associate professor, he teaches in Graphic Design, the First Year Program, and Special Programs. In the Graphic Design Program, he coordinates L3R, the program's junior-level review and exhibition, and has been a program advisor.

A member of the First Year faculty, he has served as core coordinator (2D), and a First Year Program advisor for new incoming students.

Asari serves on the President's Diversity Steering Group (PDSG), and has served on the Hearing Board for Judicial Affairs. He has represented CCA at its partner institution, the International Foundation Course (IFC) at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing.

Invited by Dean Min Wang, he presented a lecture to students and faculty at the School of Design at CAFA.

Asari 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.

Associate Professor, First Year
Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Assistant Chair, Graphic Design
Coordinator, First Year


BFA, University of California, Berkeley

Website: www.davidasari.com