CONCEPT 2016, or Let's Take a Look at the Creative Process

Concept Lecture Series is presented by the Graphic Design Program
October 15, 2016, 12:00–6:00 pm
Concept Lecture Series 2016
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus

Free and open to the public
More info: Grainne Hebeler,

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CONCEPT is the annual fall conference for CCA Graphic Design majors and anyone else who is curious.

This year, nine Bay Area artists, writers, and designers gather to tell us all about the work that goes into the wide variety of things they make -- from cutting-edge virtual reality animation to large-scale public murals to contemporary publications of all kinds.

Also, everyone who arrives on time will get a free copy of a limited-edition publication, made especially for the conference, featuring work by all of the presenters. (Special thanks to Mohawk Paper for helping to make this publication possible.)


(Review the full description of scheduled guests. Note: Lineup is subject to change.)

Noon-12:30 p.m.

Allsbrook is the art director at Oculus Story Studio in San Francisco, where she drew Dear Angelica. Her editorial illustrations for the New York Times, the New Yorker, McSweeney's, and numerous other publications have been recognized for excellence by 3x3 and the Art Directors Club, which named her a Young Gun.

12:35-12:55 p.m.

Fox and Wang will give us a sneak preview of their forthcoming book Symbols: A Handbook for Seeing (fall 2016, Monacelli Press) and tell us a story or two related to the long and winding process of making this handy reference to symbolism in the visual arts.

They are co-principals of the award-winning San Francisco design studio Design Is Play and longtime instructors in CCA's Graphic Design Program.


Jung is a San Francisco-based art director, designer, and illustrator. He is the creative director at California Sunday, Inc., a media company made up of the California Sunday magazine and Pop-Up magazine.

Previously, he was the design director at Wired magazine and deputy art director at The New York Times Magazine.

1:45-2:05 p.m.

Maria Forde will tell us about zine-making as it relates to her longtime art practice and will discuss one or two of the numerous self-publications she has made in San Francisco since 2000.

Forde, an Iowa native, has been an artist in San Francisco for 15 years. In addition to painting, drawing, and printmaking, her practice has long involved the writing, design, and self-publication of numerous zines and comics.

2:10-2:55 p.m.

Jägel is a San Francisco–based artist whose work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions around the United States and internationally for 20 years. He and McMullen have collaborated on a handful of projects including the picture book Hang Glider and Mud Mask.

3:35-3:55 p.m.

Okubo is a San Francisco–based artist whose work involves various kinds of self-publication. In 2011 he began publishing a series of artist books titled 100 Drawings, each volume of which contains 100 recent drawings.

4-4:45 p.m.

Artnoose will talk with Thien Pham about Ker-Bloom!, the letterpress zine Artnoose has written, designed, and printed six times a year for over 20 years -- her entire adult life -- without ever missing an issue (not even while pregnant, or raising an infant, or moving across the country and back).

Pham is a comic book and visual artist  and high school teacher based in the Bay Area. He wrote and drew the graphic novel Sumo.

4:50—5:30 p.m.

Rovetch is an author and illustrator of more than 20 books for children and creator of the popular Ask Arizona story series for Highlights magazine.

She teaches creativity classes all over the Bay Area and has developed something of a cult following for the picture-book class she teaches at Pixar.


After the conference, proceed to the TBD (To Be Designed) reception down the street.