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Our alumni are an important link for our students and our program.  They give back to the program by returning to speak to students, offering internships, mentoring, and more.  Their experience and insight into art and enterprise is priceless.


Cassie McFarland (Art and Design '08) won the U.S. Mint Baseball Coin Design Competition.

Alumni wins baseball coin design competition

McFarland’s baseball glove design was one of 178 entries submitted between April 11 and May 11. Her design, along with her initials, will appear on the obverses of the coins in National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program, scheduled for release in early 2014.

McFarland, 27, drew inspiration for her design from a "well-loved glove" that was a constant fixture in her family home when she was growing up.



Hiroki Asai (Art & Design ‘92) is Vice President and Creative Director of Graphic Design at Apple. With over 200 creatives under his supervision, his team has been responsible for all of the packaging, retail store graphics, website, on-line store, direct marketing, videos, and event graphics for Apple globally for the past decade.

His team is a combination of Art Directors, Writers, Motion Graphic designers, Developers, and Designers that are responsible for every piece of marketing communications excluding advertising. The team is unique in that it is the only one of its size that can design, produce, and engineer all of the communications work from every creative discipline all in-house.

Starting in Print Design while studying at Cal Poly, Hiroki graduated in the Art & Design department and began his career working for a variety of Graphic Design and Architecture firms in San Francisco. In 1997 he joined CKS partners with Pixar as his key account. Then in 1998 CKS became the Agency of Record for Marketing Communications for Apple, and Hiroki became Creative Director of the account. In 2001, Hiroki and a handful of creatives moved in-house to Apple, to start what is now the Graphic Design Group.

Hiroki has received honors and awards from ID Magazine, Communication Arts, Art Directors Club, BusinessWeek, Creative Review London, Art Directors Club Japan, Cannes, and most recently the coveted Black Pencil for interactive from the D&AD in London.

Kathryn Otoshi (Art and Design ‘92) is a children’s book author and illustrator living in the San Francisco Bay area. By day she works at Robert Zemeckis’s award winning film company, Imagemovers Digital (Monster House, Polar Express). Prior to this, Otoshi worked at George Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic (Star Wars) as the Graphic Design and Multimedia Art Director, where she led a team of designers to create hundreds of promotional pieces.

Otoshi’s first book as author and illustrator was What Emily Saw, a Borders Original New Voice Nominee and BAIPA’s Best Children’s Book. This was followed by Simon & the Sock Monster, short listed as a USA Book News Honoree, and The Saddest Little Robot (2004), a BookSense Pick.  She teamed up with author Liz Hockinson and created the illustrations for Marcello the Movie Mouse (2005).  Marcello garnered the Writer’s Digest Award for Best Children’s Book, the DIY Best Children’s Book, the Hollywood Book Festival Award, and the Eric Hoffer Notable.

Her newest book, One, winner of 10 Awards, including the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor and the Teacher’s Choice Award, is an anti-bullying book introducing colors, numbers, and counting while playing on larger themes of tolerance, acceptance, and the power of one voice.


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Thirty to forty years is a long time.  Share your work, your journey, favorite memories from Cal Poly,  and what is happening now.

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