It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time to usher in our latest group of talented design fellows here at Chronicle. We are excited to welcome a new group filled with fresh faces and eager designers. For those of you who don’t know about our fellowship program, five recent design graduates are awarded positions in our Publishing Design, Marketing Design, Children’s Design, and Digital Publishing Design groups. These fellows are given the opportunity to not only benefit from hands-on experience, but also contribute to the wide variety of design involved in our publishing. So without further ado, I’m proud to introduce our newest fellows:
Mia Johnson, Publishing Design Fellow
Mia comes to us from University of San Francisco, where she graduated summa cum laude with a double major in graphic design and art. Her great use of color and creative, whimsical projects made her our winning candidate for this season’s fellowship. We especially love her thesis project, the Adventure Supply Kit, which was featured on design blogs including Design Work Life and GOOD. Mia loves to travel, and she has taken two opportunities to study abroad, first in Ecuador and second in London where she spent two terms at the Chelsea College of Art and Design. Not surprisingly, one of her favorite things to do is to explore new places on foot and collect maps. She also loves comedy and listening to live music. Welcome, Mia!
Nami Kurita, Publishing Design Fellow
Nami grew up in Kashiwa-shi, Japan and completed a degree in International Economics and Communications before moving to the Bay Area 7 years ago. After deciding to make a career switch, she received her BFA in Graphic Design from CCA, and most recently, interned at TCHO and Elixir Design. Nami’s portfolio showcases her excellent type skills, smart conceptual work, and beautiful illustration style. When she’s not designing, you can find her taking photos of her cat Sammie, and hunting for vintage teacups to add to her collection.
Nadia Izazi, Children’s Design Fellow
Please welcome Nadia Izazi, our new children’s design fellow. Nadia has very recently graduated from the Academy of Art, right here in SF, where she earned her BFA in Graphic Design. However, Nadia may be our furthest-reaching fellow yet, hailing all the way from Indonesia. Nadia’s design work is exuberant and ambitious, ranging from playful illustrations to elegant packaging design. Nadia just completed an internship at Office, a local design firm. We are very pleased to welcome her to the Design and Children’s Pub Group teams. Check out more of Nadia’s portfolio here.
Micah Rivera, Marketing Design Fellow
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Micah Rivera is a (super cool) recent CCA grad. We were excited to snatch him up after we saw the breadth of his design experience (including rad hand-lettering work) and cool attitude. Micah says that if he weren’t a designer, he’d probably be, “a marine biologist. Errr, a marine biologist or maybe some kind of chef, or like a professional sports-person…” He’s also a synesthete, which sounds trippy. We are so excited to have Micah on our team! See more of Micah’s portfolio here.
Kevin Armstrong, Digital Publishing Fellow
Kevin is a graduate of the University of Oregon and is joining the Chronicle Books Fellowship program from Minneapolis, MN. Kevin has designed and published an online magazine and won the Minnesota Book Award in 2013 for his work on the eBook version of Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota, about the history of the Dakota tribe in Minnesota. Kevin brings with him a strong background in publishing and digital production. He is very familiar with the opportunities and challenges of the print to digital conversion process, and we are happy to have him on board! Check out more of Kevin’s work here.
For more information on our fellowship program and details on how to apply for the upcoming session, beginning in July, please visit our website: www.chroniclebooks.com/designfellowship.
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