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Graphic Design Students Highlighted as 'Students to Watch' in GD USA


Graphic Design USA recognized three of Academy of Art University's graphic design students in this year's "Students to Watch" issue. Every year, the publication highlights a group of students and professionals who embody the spirit of the creative community, and Academy students Alex Cornell, Crystal Chou and Maria Jonosko were part of the magazine's 2010 star-studded roster.

The article explores the backgrounds of each student and highlights the origins of their interest in the field of graphic design.

Alex Cornell, a San Francisco-based designer and musician, received his BFA in Psychology from Duke University and eventually moved to the West Coast to pursue a career in graphic design, says the publication. Since the move, he earned his graduate degree in Graphic Design at Academy of Art University, and has also developed his solo music career. He has worked on many successful projects since the move and continues to garner significant recognition in both creative arenas.

"I enjoy being a designer because I love the combination of form and function," Cornell told GD USA when asked why he decided to study design. "I relish the challenge of creating something extremely beautiful that is also exceptionally useful and efficient." According to the article, he is currently working for local designer Scott Hansen as a studio production assistant and a writer for the blog ISO50.

Crystal Chou, another Academy alum, describes in the article how she found her calling as a graphic designer. Having interned at Southern Exposure, Eleven Inc., and the Office design firm while attending school, she worked on projects for The Walt Disney Company, Toyota, Fanta, IBM and eBay. GD USA reports that while she pursues a Masters of Fine Art at the Academy, spending most of her time on her thesis project, she is also freelancing at Office, and collaborating with House of Radon, a Stockholm-based film crew, on a documentary. In her spare time, Chou works on self-initiated projects and curates her design blog, thisthattheseandthose.com.

The Academy's final featured "Student to Watch," Maria Jonosko, completed an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at Dickinson College, as well as a postbacalaureate program in Fine Arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. "It was a general quest for knowledge that led me to graphic design and I immediately responded to the problem-solving nature of this medium," Jonosko told GD USA.

"Throughout my studies in fine art I was aware of graphic design but I was constantly advised by my professors not to study graphic design," she told the magazine. "Long story short, I needed to find out for myself."


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