Faculty - Charmaine Martinez

sketch and window painting design for McConnell's Ice Cream by Charmaine Martinez, April 2021

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 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. Her current research interests include: ethics in design practice and education, accessibility and typography, design as social advocacy, and design thinking for creativity. 

Charmaine Martinez

Associate Professor Graphic Design
Phone: 805.756.2332
Office: 34-154

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