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Ryan J. Medeiros
Ryan J. Medeiros
Director, Graduate 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. He worked at Primo Angeli Inc, and was a personal design assistant to Mr. Angeli. During the dot-com boom, he owned and managed Ryan Medeiros Design, located in Downtown San Francisco. His firm created websites and graphics for clients including Real Skateboards, Baywell Technologies, and The Ideas Group.

In 1997, Ryan began teaching at the Graduate School of Web Design + New Media at AAU, and moved to full-time faculty in the Spring of 2011. Ryan has developed class curriculum for the Department in the areas of visual and strategic design. In 2011 he built the online class Interactive Infographics (with contributions from data journalist Peter Aldhous). In addition, he is focused on the emerging fields of Web fonts and mobile application design.

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.

Gregory Mar
Gregory Mar
Director, Undergraduate School of Web Design + New Media 

Gregory came to the University as the creative director of G.M. Art & Design, a commercial design firm in San Francisco. He has won several National and West Coast Region CASE Awards for Excellence in Visual Design along with two Telly Awards for the non-profit health organization, A&PI Wellness Center.

Gregory was the Art Director for Santa Clara University's Marketing and Communications department for most of the nineties. Prior to his work at SCU, he was a designer for Dana/Foran Marketing Communications, working on the Cellular One, Northern California Cadillac, Intel, Grass Valley Group, Sacramento Symphony, and Bomanite accounts. He has also been the Artistic Director and Set Designer for several nationally traveling performing arts programs. Gregory loves to design custom shirts as a personal hobby, but has been dedicating most of his free time to a new startup mobile application venture in San Francisco.

Gregory is a member of American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), The Art Directors and Artists Club (ADAC), Art Directors Club (ADC), and British Design & Art Direction (D&AD), and a proud alumnus of the Academy of Art University.

Fred McHale
Fred McHale
Online Coordinator 

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
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
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.

Andrea Pimentel
Andrea Pimentel
Faculty

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.

DC Scarpelli
DC Scarpelli
Design Lead

DC's design clients have included the California Attorney General’s Office, Napa/Sonoma Magazine, the American Cancer Society, the University of California, Chevron, Frito Lay, the Oakland A's and the San Francisco Giants. He has created and edited several art books in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

His background is in the theater: He designs theatrical graphics throughout the Bay Area, and is an award-winning actor, director and playwright. DC holds a BFA in Computer Arts/New Media from the AAU and a prior BA in Theater Studies from Yale University. He is a member of the Phelps Association, the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the Type Directors Club.

Colin Sebestyen
Colin Sebestyen
Motion Lead

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.

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