My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was a color, design and type kid before I knew what "graphic design" was.
I went to a college that happened to have a great graphic design program.
In my late 20's, I realized I didn't want to spend the rest of my life at a drafting table.
I had always thought my design professors had a great job.
So, I re-enrolled in school to get my Master's degree.
I became friends with a guy who introduced me to the graphic design professor at OCC - Prof. Tennant.
When a part-time position opened at OCC, I got the opportunity to teach there.
Eventually (4 years later) a full-time position opened up, and I got the job!
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I am a professor of graphic design at Orange Coast College.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

A typical day of teaching college level graphic design involves some form of lecturing and demonstrating a set of concepts and / or skills that are a part of the field. It may also include the evaluation of completed student work (critiquing). And finally, almost always involves time spent one-on-one with students needing individual guidance and help. I worked as a practicing graphic designer for almost 20 years before I got my professorship, so what I teach, I did. I'm drawing from my experience.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

This actually applies to all the categories listed. Commit to excellence. Pursue excellence. Create / design / work with excellence. This field is VERY network-oriented. It's who you know as much as what you know. Building a reputation for excellence will get you noticed, remembered and recommended. Everyone is always looking for someone of excellence. In fact, in a tough economy, it becomes even more valuable. There isn't money to waste on mediocrity.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I was fortunate to have a supportive family. My father was an Optometrist, so I had a strong personal expectation to be a doctor or something as well. It was very hard to turn away from my major, psychology, and switch to art. Good-bye "Dr. Steve"."

Challenges I Overcame