An exhibition of extraordinary works by Sac State’s Graphic Design alumni.

Exibition Dates: November 24, 2014 - December 18, 2014

Artist Statement

Legit is a compilation of “real world” projects created by the alumni of Sacramento State’s Graphic Design Program post grad. Many of the students who have graduated from the program are out creating amazing award winning work that you may see on a day-to-day basis. Since graduating, alumni are working with a diverse list of clients. This show is just a small sampling of the high quality of work that has been generated by the program’s alumni over the past decade. Many of our alumni have helped companies to define their identity and created messages that are memorable. We hope this show will inform, persuade, delight, amaze, and enlighten you as to what opportunities are out there for graphic designers.

The study of graphic design has existed at Sacramento State in one form or another for decades. The foundation of the current Graphic Design program coalesced around the teaching and direction of Professor Gwen Amos and continually grew in popularity and quality. The Graphic Design Program joined in the formation of the Department of Design, a unique configuration within the CSU system, which in its creation acknowledges the interdisciplinary nature of design and its role in creating experiences in both two and three-dimensional spaces.

The Graphic Design faculty now total five, and with that growth, offer a diversity and depth of knowledge that has allowed the foundation established by Professor Amos to expand and adapt to the continually changing landscape that is the design profession. Starting in 2004 the Graphic Design Program was declared officially impacted which means that the demand for the major greatly outstripped the resources available. From that year on an annual portfolio review has been held every spring to select students for the coming fall semester. These students study the role of the designer as problem solver, visual communicator and facilitator of creative solutions. The cohorts that students work in become discrete groups of alumni that have moved through an evolving, rigorous and professional program of study to enter the discipline prepared to succeed as well as lead.

In addition to the Gallery reception on December 3 we will have a lecture by some alum from Sac State's Graphic Design Program from 5:00–7:00 pm in The University Union Redwood Room. Please join us for the inspirational talk. Reception to follow.

Transform is an award winning creative design and web development agency dedicated to delivering amazing interactive user experiences. Adnan Kussair (AK) and Matthew Stuart started Transform in early 2010 with a clear set of values: deliver on promises, nurture and grow relationships through honesty and communication, and never say no. In the past 5 years, these values have led to earning long-term relationships with clients such as Intel, Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento County Airport System, & Stryker Neurovascular. Working with these large organizations, they have learned about what it takes to run a Legit Design + Technology Business, appropriately the topic of their lecture.

Chris has had the good fortune of working with clients such as Nike, Starbucks, eBay, Jawbone, Facebook, and Hyatt, defining and expressing their purpose—why they exist and what they uniquely contribute to the world. While his work takes a range of forms—from interactive installations and large-scale exhibits to campaigns and books—it is the common thread of emotive storytelling, present in every project, that captures hearts and creates brand advocates. At the foundation of his work is the belief that powerful stories emerge by continually asking, “How will this make people feel?” Chris studied graphic design at Sacramento State, completed an MFA in graphic design at the Academy of Art University, and has years of industry experience with notable agencies such as Celery Design Collaborative and IDEO. Chris is currently a Creative Director at SYPartners, where he has collaborated with teams of designers, strategists, writers, and makers for eight years. Chris’s talk will focus on several key milestones—experiences, learnings, mistakes—that have helped shape his career since donning the Sac State cap and gown.

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