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Ryan Medeiros

Director, School of Web Design & New Media

In over 15+ years as a designer, Ryan has worked for a variety of technology and design companies in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Ryan’s honors include exhibiting at the International Biennial of Graphic Design in Russia in 2008, a solo fine art show at the 3a gallery in 2007, and as a finalist in the Fernet-Branca Poster Show in 2006. He lectured on the intersection of typographic history and emerging Web fonts technology at Swissnex in 2011.

Andrea Pimentel

Associate Director, School of Web Design & New Media

Andrea is a New Media designer and Interactive Art Director in San Francisco. She has worked for large-scale websites and some of San Francisco’s top advertising agencies, working on award-winning advertising campaigns, cutting-edge social media, web design, mobile application design, and motion graphics. As an Art Director and Creative Director, Andrea has worked with many top brands, creating campaigns for clients such as Suzuki, Shutterfly, G4tv, SanDisk, Nokia, Tonik Health, WaMu, eBay, and Bank of America. Andrea has taught a range of classes at the Academy, including web and programming, visual design, and motion.

Fred McHale

Online Director, Web Design & New Media

Fred is a Web application developer from Southern California who currently resides in San Francisco. He began his career doing freelance Web development and design in the mid-1990s before attending California State University, Bakersfield. After graduating with a BS in Computer Science, he decided to focus his energy in the area of Web technology. Besides Fred's current client, Cisco, he has worked with some of the largest companies in the Silicon Valley as well as Bay Area start-ups. In these roles he develops Web and mobile applications with a social media core. Much of his work can be seen in use today with hundreds of thousands of users. He enjoys speaking at industry events and devotes his time to education and contributing to the open source community.

Haydn Adams

Faculty

Haydn is an AAU alum with a BFA degree in Computer Arts New Media. Haydn has been a pioneer in the multimedia industry for more than 15 years. He owns and operates his own design company, Nautilus Designs in Marin County. Haydn has recently been elected as President of the Graphic Artists Guild and has been on the National Executive Committee of the Guild for more than five years. Aside from the design world, Haydn is a professional wine critic and author of the book, Wineries Beyond Napa Valley: Dry Creek & Alexander Valley.

Mitch Hudson

Faculty

As full-time faculty, Mitch is a critical partner in Web Design + New Media's implementation of current Web and interactive design strategies. His insights into interaction design are a vital part of our curriculum's evolution. His collaboration with other departments at the Academy is one of our best assets as we grow our New Media program. Based on his freelance activities and knowledge of the industry, he has helped guide our program to include the most recent developments in designing for both desktop and mobile platforms using the latest advances in design, coding and production. Mitch has a BFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and has a passion for guitar. He has developed a formidable list of clients and the latest software skills including HTML5, CSS3, ActionScripting, jQuery, jQTouch, PHP and MySQL.

Ben Hulan

Technology Lead

Ben Hulan has many years of experience in mobile website and application development. Most recently, Ben was a Web Producer and Part-Time Instructor in Web Design & New Media at the Academy of Art University where he had a major role as Product Manager and Programmer in mobile publishing. He has also worked for UC Berkeley Extension where he developed an iPhone/iPad marketing app. Previously, he worked as a UI/UX Designer and Creative Consultant for various companies. For 10 years, he was a Theater Arts Educator in the Eastern United States. He has also conceived, written, illustrated, and recorded energy conservation video campaigns for elementary schools across the United States. Ben Hulan received his BA in Theater from the College of William and Mary.

Nicole Oettinger

Online Coordinator

Nikki Oettinger is a designer and artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of the Web Design & New Media department at the Academy of Art University, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Art. Nikki started her professional career working at a small video marketing company in the city where she specializes in blending video, animation and typography into an integrated visual experience. She continues to freelance for design firms in the area. Her experience ranges from print and packaging to UX and UI design to motion graphics.

David "DC" Scarpelli

Design Lead

DC Scarpelli's design and production clients include the California Attorney General's Office, Napa/Sonoma Magazine, the American Cancer Society, Catholic Heathcare West, UC Hastings School of Law, Chevron, Frito Lay, the Oakland A's and the San Francisco Giants. He regularly designs theater graphics for companies througout the Bay Area. Additionally, he has created and edited several art books in the collection of the San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art. He holds a BFA in Computer Arts/New Media from the Academy of Art University and a BA in Theater Studies from Yale University.

Colin Sebestyen

Motion Lead, Undergraduate School

Colin is currently motion graphics lead at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, School of Web Design + New Media. He has more than 10 years of experience in the design field, with an emphasis on music visualization, animation, presentation, and time-based media. He has worked for clients both large and small, within the spectrum of agency to the boutique levels. His professional highlights include producing design and animation at Apple, Inc., Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, commissions for IDN magazine, and the Cliff Bar 2-Mile Challenge campaign. His real passion lies in audio/visual collaboration, and he has produced visual design for a wide array of musicians as diverse as Snoop Dogg, Bjork, Aesop Rock, Nonagon and Edison.

Colin has spoken at many conferences in his field of study: HOW Design, HOW Interactive, NAB, VDJC, and SF Mograph. He's also a winner of the international Cut & Paste design competition. In addition to teaching at AAU, he has instructed at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at California College for the Arts. He has taught courses in Graphic Design, Animation/Visual effects, and Web Design + New Media.

Colin holds a BFA from AAU, and has completed MFA studies at San Francisco Art Institute.