Graphic Design Students Learn From the Pros


Mr. Windschitl’s Graphic Design and Photography courses had two guest speakers on November 22 and 23.

The first visitor was Mojan Chua. Mr. Chua is a graphic designer at Optimum Advertising Specialties, a print and design shop in Stockton, CA. They specialize in screen printing, banners, and more. Screen printing is a technique used to print designs on apparel, something that Mr. Windschitl’s students have been doing for clubs and sports teams on campus.

According to Mr. Windschitl, “Mojan Chua came out to talk about what a career in Graphic Design looks like and what skills are needed to be a designer in the central valley. This was a great opportunity for our campus screen printers to ask questions and learn what it’s like to work in a professional design shop.”

Mr. Chua discussed with the students how he entered the design field and what skills they would need to learn in high school if they wanted to find a career in graphic design. While he was nervous, he said Chua was not used to speaking in front of crowds. Nevertheless, he did an excellent job and kept the class entertained.

Chua invited the class to check out the company as a field trip in the future. Our printshop students were very excited at the opportunity to see an automated screen-printing machine at work.

The second visitor was an outreach representative from the Academy of Art University, an art and design school located in San Francisco, CA, where Mr. Windschitl studied graphic design.

Mr. Windschitl said, “I love having schools come out and speak about what programs they offer. For example, most students think of majoring in art as just painting, but it’s a much wider field than that. The Academy came out and showcased some of their possible majors, ranging from drawing and automotive design to digital user interfaces, music, cinema, and more. It’s a great opportunity for our students to learn about their options for the future and what’s available at AAU and other campuses’ as well”.

Featured image courtesy of Mr. Windschitl