Brett Anderson is the Design Manager at KWALL, a full-service interactive agency. KWALL has worked with companies and organizations such as USC, CSULB, ASU and Qualcomm. With over 5 years of experience with the company, Brett’s responsibilities include managing all aspects of design for the company and clients, as well as staying up to date with design trends and standards. As a part time instructor of the Internet Design 1 class, Brett is able to share his passion and knowledge of web design with LCAD students.
Brett is an Alumni of LCAD, graduating with a BFA in Design + Digital Media. For his senior thesis, Brett organized designs and built an online soccer organization focused on bringing teams and athletes together. Brett enjoys sharing his full-time work experience to help students be prepared for client and agency work after graduation.
Xun Michael Chi is an Associate Professor of Visual Communication at LCAD, a photographer, an international curator and the rotating Chair of the Association of Chinese Artists in American Academia. He holds an MFA from Purdue University, where his design works achieved nationwide academic recognition. He also has a medical degree from Tianjin Medical University in China. Chi has been a full-time faculty at LCAD since 2007 and has taught a broad range of courses including graphic design, composition and color theory, 3D animation, motion graphics, and photography.
Besides teaching, Xun’s passion is in photography. His photography works have been featured in magazines and galleries worldwide including Juxtapoz, Harper’s Bazaar China, Elle UK, Vogue, etc. In 2016, he held a solo exhibition in the Contemporary Art Museum of Ningbo, China.
Xun curates exhibitions where his passion for photography and design can meet. In 2016, Xun won the Excellent Curator Award in Pingyao International Photography Festival.
Exhibitions he has curated including:
- “Chopsticks and Forks” international design exhibition LCAD, 2012;
- “American Contemporary Portrait Photography Exhibition”, China, 2016;
- “Words in Characters, Books as Vehicle”, Stanford University 2017 (as executive curator) ;
- “President Nixon’s Legacy in Three Chinese Cities” Photo Exhibition, Nixon Presidential Library, 2018;
- “Separation and Reconstruction of Reality - International Creative Photography Exhibition” in China International Photographic Art Festival, 2018
Xun has been invited to give talks and workshops in some top universities and organizations including Beijing University, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Tongji University, CAA, AIGA, LA LIVING TV show, etc. He is the editor and co-author of a book “Fusion + Evolution - Teaching and Learning of Design in American and Chinese Academia”. In 2018, Xun won the Best Advisor Award in “The Beauty of Chinese Characters” Global Youth Design Contest 2018.
I was born in Washington D.C. and lived in Europe and the United States. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Graphic Design, I headed to New York to create work for clients including CBS, Revlon, Avon, Gucci, and CBS International. I relocated to Miami to produce creative for CBS International and Columbia Records. In Miami, my focus extended to new media and video development. I was lucky to work and learn from international producers and to win a Telly Award. In addition, my programs have appeared on the Lifetime Channel, Nova, and the Discovery Channel.
Prior to coming to California, I was Director of Marketing and Creative Services for Delta Airlines, responsible for all leisure division marketing and corporate media. Currently, in addition to teaching, I am principal and CEO of a brand and design firm named X-ist which developed the presidential campaign for General Wesley Clark. Other clients include DeLoitte & Touche and Honeywell Aerospace. X-ist has a long history of working with new technology companies pioneering alternate energy solutions. X-ist has been chosen as the design firm to work on the brand and identity development of hydrogen gas stations for Russia, China, and the U.S.
We have also been awarded the project of creating the brand for the new restaurant at Bloomingdales/South Coast Plaza that will debut in Fall 2008, and the related product packaging that will appear in the Bloomingdale's Home Store in early 2009. X-ist is proud to employ alumni from the Laguna College of Art and Design.
Matt Frantz received a Master of Fine Arts degree is from California State University, Fullerton and his BFA from Miami University. In a teaching career spanning over a decade, Mr. Frantz has taught classes in digital imaging, drawing, graphic design, illustration, internet design, multimedia, photography, and video. He has worked as a technical trainer for teachers, a freelance tutor and consultant, and workshop host, in addition to rewriting courses, developing curriculum, and advising. He holds software certifications from Adobe and Apple.
Mr. Frantz brings to LCAD over a decade of experience in the fine and commercial arts worlds - working with a variety of digital tools and traditional media. Most of Mr. Frantz's personal work incorporates a variety of traditional processes and media - for example, his most recent bodies of work include ink on paper, alternate process photography, and photo transfer paintings. He also produces experimental musical compositions and soundscapes.
Dana Herkelrath earned a B.F.A. with honors in Graphic Design and Packaging from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from California State University Long Beach. Ms. Herkelrath has been teaching graphic design courses for over fifteen years. She has been faculty at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and Art Center Europe in Switzerland. She has taught courses at University of New Mexico, CSULB and been a guest lecturer at La Sierra University.
Ms. Herkelrath is the principal of Herkelrath Communication Design, a boutique firm specializing in Design and Development of Corporate Identity, Branding, Environmental Graphic Design, Packaging, Retail Merchandising, Marketing, Interactive media and Public Awareness Campaigns. Her client list includes Fortune 500 companies in the field of entertainment, medical care, urban community development, education, publishing, hospitality, real estate, and international aid organizations.
Dan Jensen is the former Creative Director of Paul Frank Industries home of Julius the Monkey. Dan is currently running his own design company called MIXTUS where he focus on web development, motion graphics and design. He has been passionately working in design for over 20 years. Dan has produced work for Capitol Records, Warner Brother Records, Radiohead, Coldplay, Snoop Dog and many other artists. He has held creative direction roles at Paul Frank, Stirstick Interactive, Groove Productions, and Daily Bread Magazine. Dan has been teaching 3D, web design and motion graphics at Laguna College over the past 15 years. He has also taught courses in Actionscripting and flash at the University of Southern California Irvine. Dan enjoys challenging students to master different technologies and to maximize their creative potential. Being a former alumni he can relate to the path that students are traveling.
My main passions in life are graphic design, teaching, and my family. I have been working as a graphic designer for over 15 years and have been with LCAD since 2001. Developing work for print has been my main focus. I enjoy the entire process, from the creation of the original concept through to the production of the final art, all aspects coming together as a tangible piece in my hands. Being a designer brings me almost as much joy as teaching does. I truly enjoy the learning environment, the students, and the knowledge I receive from them.
While completing her education in California, Maggie developed an interest in the study of symbols and their cultural significance. This experience was enhanced during Maggie's several trips to Europe. These journeys inspired poster exhibitions where she refined her genre of poster design emphasizing in semiotics and conceptual design.
Maggie has been teaching for several years and has taught courses in visual communications, advertising, multimedia and graphic design. She has also taught students how to write dissertations, thesis, and has been a professional examination committee member. Maggie is mostly proud of the fact that her students have published their work in important design books and magazines and have won international competitions.
Maggie has worked for several advertising agencies, design and package design studios in California; including Toshiba and Pioneer. Currently she is the CEO of The Creative Spell. Working with clients like The Boy Scouts of America, Overture Displays and CFR and Co.; The Creative Spell specializes in marketing and design including packaging design, editorial design, branding, logo design, advertising, web design and multimedia.
Maggie is currently faculty member at LCAD and enjoys sharing personal and professional experiences with her students while motivating them to enlighten their lives through education.