Faculty - Charmaine Martinez
Charmaine Martinez brings a passion for typography, love of creative experimentation, and interest in design advocacy to her teaching. With a background in graphic design, book arts, printmaking, and mixed media installation, Charmaine embraces a interdisciplinary approach in both teaching and her own creative practice.
A member of the Cal Poly Art and Design faculty since 2006, she received her BFA in graphic design in 1993 from the University of Notre Dame. Upon graduating from Notre Dame, she began a career as a graphic designer in the beautiful, but windy city of Chicago, working on wide-ranging projects in the fields of educational publishing and corporate design. In 2003, Charmaine received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she combined her studio art interests with her graphic design experience, examining the intersection of commercial, fine art, and material culture.
Currently, she is working on a Taco Field Guide to the Central Coast, which explores the complexities of the cultural evolution of the taco through the documentation of regional nuances, recipes, geography, and vernacular typography.