The Hashimoto Communication Arts Seminar is a weekly seminar that hosts local and regional professional designers. CEOs, creative directors, art directors, design directors, senior and junior designers from advertising, editorial design, product design, packaging design, web design, game design, sound design, animation, video, motion graphics, and other communication design professions lecture and interact with students, and review senior portfolios. This is an invaluable opportunity for our students and the larger USU community to interact with and learn from top design professionals.

The Communication Arts Seminar has a deep-rooted history in the design community within the Department of Art + Design and the State of Utah. Spanning over 50 years, it’s the longest-running design lecture series in the state, preceding the Utah chapter of the AIGA. The class originated by students under the direction of Professors, John Anderson and Glen Edwards. After passing away unexpectedly, the class was later named the Hashimoto Communication Arts Seminar to serve as a legacy to Alan Hashimoto.

Fall 2017.


Creative Designer / Sorenson Media

October 5, 7:00 pm, FAV 150

Heidi Nielsen

Associate Marketing Manager / FFKR Architects

October 12, 7:00 pm, FAV 150

April Greiman

Influential Graphic Designer / Made in Space

November 2nd, 7:00 pm, FAV 150

Holly Johnson

Graphic Designer, Educator / University of Utah, AIGA

November 9th, 7:00 pm, FAV 150

Cameron Raterink

Art Director / Red Olive Inc.

November 16th, 7:00 pm, FAV 150

David Young & Kent Miller

Founders + Designers  / 7D8 Design Studio

November 30th, 7:00 pm, FAV 150

Past Speakers.

SPRING 2017.

BT Livermore
Printmaker, Sign Painter

Nate Scott & Alex Spunt
AKQA, Everlane, American Apparel

Thomas Campbell
Artist, Filmaker, Designer – Santa Cruz, CA

Cam Carter
Sr. Media Digital Designer – Mountain America Credit Union

Jan Wilkerson
Owner/Partner, Designer – karlssonwilker inc.

Jim Godfrey
Designer, Educator – Utah Valley University

Darlene Van Uden
Design Director – Infinite Scale Design Group

FALL 2016.

Kevin Perry
Designer – Struck

Rick Valicenti
Designer – Thrist/3st

Tyler Tolson
Founder – Denik

Bryon Darby
Photographer, Educator

Glen Edwards
Painter, Illustrator

Nick Mendoza
Designer, Educator – BYU

SPRING 2016.

Charles Beneke
Printmaker, Educator – University of Akron

Lonnie Anderson
Independent Creative Director – MRM Worldwide

Chris Wawrinofsky
Sculptor – Los Angeles

Chuck Landvatter
Illustrator, Painter, Educator – Southern Arkansas University

Michelle Dougherty
Director – Imaginary Forces

Trent Call
Illustrator – Swinj

Noelle Newbold
Design Director – R/GA

FALL 2015.

Tim Tomkinson
Illustrator – The New Yorker, Outside Magazine, Rolling Stone, Wired, And More.

Matt Daines
Architect, Designer – Afton Klein Group

Tosh Brown
Graphic Designer – Struck, The City Of Salt

Adam Leestma & Sage Perrot
Printmakers, Illustrators, Educators – USU

Designers – Devin Howells, Jon Harts, Chris Witham

Brooke Bell
Senior Designer –

SPRING 2015.

Jesse Crowley
Lead Web Designer – Fanzz

Kory Fenton
Senior Motion Designer – Axis41

Zach Winegar
Graphic Designer, Partner – Mighty Clever

Cassie Klingler
Graphic Designer, Educator – University Of Washington

Matt Snyder
Head Of User Experience – Lucid Software Inc.

Jess Ung
Art Director – React! Games

Jordan Nielsen
Footwear Designer – Vans

FALL 2014.

Emily Bunnell & Houston Trueblood
Designers – Malouf

Mac Galeano
Art Director – Modern8

Ben Savage
MFA Candidate – Game Design

Arlo Vance
Graphic Designer, President – AIGA SLC

Kyle Harris
Designer, Art Director – ITG Sharepoint

Elliott Earls
Artist-In-Residence, Head Of Graphic Design – Cranbrook

Kelly & Cardon Webb
Graphic Designers – Skullcandy

SPRING 2014.

Layne Turner
UX Designer – Goal Zero

Matt Maxwell
Creative Director – Matt Maxwell Design Inc.

Dan Christofferson
Illustrator, Painter, Designer – Beeteeth

Matt Magnus
Senior Interactive Designer – Red Interactive Agency

Kate Bingaman-Burt
Illustrator, Educator – Portland State University

Ben Webster
Designer, Owner Atelier Industries – The Mandate Press

Brad Knickerbocker
Graphic Design Manager – Overstock

Michael Kern & Guests
Executive Creative Director, Co-Founder – Welikesmall

FALL 2013.

USU Multimedia Marching Band
Grad Students–Digital Video, Illustration, Graphic Design, Interactive, Gaming

Mike Daines
New Assistant Professor

Rebecca Clayton
Interactive Designer, Struck Creative

Jared Strain
Partner/Design Director, Super Top Secret

Nate Smith
Interactive Designer/Developer, Experticity

Dayne Dingman
Publication/Graphic Designer, Idaho Falls Magazine

Thy Doan
Designer + Letterer, Pen And Palates, Infinite Scale Design Group

Other Past Speakers

Past Speakers from 2008 – 2011.

Dean Foster
Technical Director, Pixar

Scott Rockwood
CEO/Owner, Richter 7 Advertising

Mike Belzer
Animator, Rhythm and Hues, Pixar, Disney

Nate Sumsion
(Buena Vista Games) Disney Game Design

Axiom Design
Entertainment/Graphic Design

Natalie Pierce
Graphic Designer, Salt Lake City Magazine

McRay Magleby
World Renowned Poster Artist

John Cordova
Creative Art Director, USANA

Judy Nielson
Los Angeles Illustrator, Storyboard Artist

Jordan Leary
Designer, Poptropica, Children’s Game

Jeremy Murray
Designer, Skull Candy

Mike Daines / Brook Scott
LA Designers

Kellan Hatch
Incognito, Sony Interactive

Jared Bastian
Microsoft Games

John Kilbourn
Creative Director, Sensory Sweep

Kim Passey
Art Director, Sensory Sweep

Golan Levin
MIT Media Lab/Interactive

Mark Walton
Storyboard Artist for Disney

Mike Warner
Los Angeles Animator “Digital Domain”

Mike Lott
(Buena Vista Games) Disney Game Design

Matt Law
Creative Director, Black Diamond

Richard Watts
Owner/CEO, Origin Studios

Matt Mangus
Designer, Red Interactive

Jared Stanley
Designer, Red Interactive

Brett Shelton
Serious Games, Instructional

Pat Cone
Photographer – National Geographic, Browning

Brent Watts
Owner/CEO, Axiom Design

George Merrill
Owner/CEO, Humaniz Multimedia

Brent Adams
Award-Winning Animation Professor BYU

David Cahoon
Art Director, Comphealth

Randall Smith
Owner/CEO, Modern 8 Design

Jim Banister
Producer, Author, Spectrum DNA

Sage Turk
Creative Director, Letter 23

Nathan Sumsion
Disney Interactive

Marcella Gillenwater
J. Crew, NYC

Marc Araminan
LA Sound Designer/Producer

Adam Smith
Advent Creative

Adam Watkins
Los Alamos Research Lab

Abigail Fein
ZAGG Inc. Creative Director

Jim Agutter
Co-founder of Center for the Representation Of Multi-Dimensional Information (CROMDI)

Art Department
Young Electric Sign Company

Art Director
O.C. Tanner

Brian Christiansen
Disney Interactive

John Dean
EA Entertainment Media

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