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Interactive Multimedia Track

Yusra Alaqwari

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  • Phone: (559)-348-8537
  • Email: yusra2015@mail.fresnostate.edu

Hello, my name is Yusra Alaqwari. I have always had a love for design and technology. I am graduating from Fresno State with a BFA in Graphic Design with an emphasis in Interactive/Multimedia. Over the years, I have become passionate for web design, UI/UX, and AR/VR technologies.

Cecilio Deleon

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  • Phone: (559)-769-7067
  • Email: ceciliodeleon@mail.fresnostate.edu

Hello, my name is Cecilio De Leon. I will graduate from Fresno State in May with a Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis in Interactive Multimedia. I have a passion for creating/ working on websites and video editing. In the future, I hope to be a part of the gaming industry. Working in the industry will allow me to continue learning and growing as a professional in web development and video editing.

Charity David

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  • Phone: (661)-805-6352
  • Email: imparity@mail.fresnostate.edu

I grew up in a small town where there was literally nothing to do except drive around and stare at stuff. Finding myself utterly bored out of my mind caused me to look for any form of entertainment, which is when I began drawing. Drawing turned into a passion, almost an obsession, I would draw anywhere and everywhere. I would fill sketchbooks up with very bad drawings, which became decent drawings, which eventually became what I considered to be good drawings. As I grew a bigger interest in all things art I branched out into other mediums. Paints, markers, colored pencils, paper crafts, photoshop and anything else I could get my hands on. My love for art grew and I decided to take that passion and pursue it as a career. I wanted to make art a full time job without taking away the joy it brought me, which is why I chose to do graphic design. Much of my portfolio of work at Fresno State is directly related to my interests. I wanted my work to speak to who I am as a person and what I am capable of doing. As a multimedia student I have cultivated skills in motion graphics, logo and brand design HTML, CSS, JavaScript, animation, and illustration. But as a unique individual I have a passion for the outdoors, integrating humor into everything I do, and incorporating my own style into the work I produce. I am proud of the work I have done at Fresno State and look forward to sharing that work with you.

Ethan Dunn

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  • Phone: (559)-462-5180
  • Email: dunnethan@mail.fresnostate.edu

I am a graphic designer and aspiring front-end web developer. My interests in these areas have been primarily driven by a desire to seek out work that provides new challenges every time I sit down at my desk. This need for new challenges has driven me to develop experience in UI/UX design, print media, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Jquery, Wordpress, and Bootstrap. Learning should never stop, and I try to pursue that ideal every time I sit down at my desk to build my next website, application, or design. Design and development are inseperable, and the combination of the two is key to any successful web product. After graduation I want to start developing some of my own web/mobile applications with fullstack javascript development, to facilitate this I am studying React.js and React Native.

Jacqueline Flores

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  • Phone: (559)-350-4558
  • Email: jflores_98@mail.fresnostate.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Jackie Flores and I will graduating with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design with an emphasis in Interactive Multimedia. My passion in art and design led me to choose graphic design as a major and learn more about ways how to express my creativity. Over the years, I have learned and found an interest in logo design, web design, UX/UI interface design, and illustration. As a soon to be graphic design graduate, I do know that my own learning of the graphic design field will not just stop here but it will continue in order to improve my skills and techniques.

Josh Simas

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  • Phone: (209)-541-4128
  • Email: joshrsimas3@mail.fresnostate.edu

Hello, my name is Josh Simas. From an early age I was quick to be overwhelmed with inspiration from various movies, music, and other forms of art, traditional and digital. As I grew older, my viceral admiration for the arts lead me to plunge into the world of design. I focus on creating concise and fresh design solutions and I embrace immersive and interactive technologies that are becoming more and more prevalent across all media outlets. I believe good design successfully communicates a message and great design does this while also igniting inspiration to the viewer.

Mi Kim

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  • Phone: (559)-451-7407
  • Email: kmjyh5895@mail.fresnostate.edu

My name is Mi Kim, and I am majoring in B.F.A., Graphic Design with an emphasis on interactive multimedia at California State University, Fresno. I studied in branding design, typography, web design, UX / UI design and motion graphics. I have a passion for using my creativity and design knowledge to create graphic designs, web design and UX/UI design.

Montanna Tilton

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  • Phone: (559)-367-7488
  • Email: montannatilton@mail.fresnostate.edu

Montanna Tilton is a web developer and graphic designer who, when time allows, enjoys acting, singing, painting, gaming, and hiking. Montanna also plays the ukulele and kazoo, though not very well.

Ruth Fissel

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  • Email: ruth_fissel@mail.fresnostate.edu

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Illustration Track

Hue Vang

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  • Phone: (559)-970-5316
  • Email: j45colors@mail.fresnostate.edu

Hue Vang is an artist based in Fresno, California, graduating with a BFA in Graphics Design with an emphasis in illustration. His pieces portrays art in ad illustrations, campaigns, promotional and political posters, and Portraits. Specializing in digital illustration, Hue's inspirations stem from his own strive and moral obligation to bring awareness to causes most important to him whether it is promotional towards an item/brand or political towards an issue. His objective as an Illustrator is to focus on political posters and ad campaigns for products, along with logo designs for start up businesses. Vang's passion to promote and bring awareness in the form of art, started with his volunteer work as an organizer in QHIP (Queer Hmong Intersectional Pride). QHIP is a space in Fresno, CA, that hosts healing spaces and pushes awareness for the Queer Hmong community. In bridging the two lines of work, artist and organizer, he has established a roadway that allows for him to do both.Vang’s personal style presents a bold outlook with a strong use of concept, where shapes, dark and vibrant colors, patterns, lines and figures are designed to capture the eye at first glance.

Kabao Her

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  • Phone: (559)-513-4426
  • Email: kabao_her93@hotmail.com

Born and raised in Fresno, California into a big family of three brothers and three sisters, Kabao is the first in her family to finish college at Fresno State with a BFA in Graphic Design emphasizing in Illustration. She creates both traditional and digital art. With a love for drawing throughout her childhood, Kabao credits her oldest sister for influencing and encouraging her to pursue art. Sailor Moon, who inspired her to create her first original character, Sailor Sun. After college, Kabao wanted to design characters for an animation studio and for video games. She would like to work in the publishing industry doing book cover or to start her own graphic novel.

Kathy Yang

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  • Email: kathy154@mail.fresnostate.edu

Kathy Yang is a traditional and digital illustrator based in Fresno, California. She will be graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design with an emphasis in Illustration, at California State University of Fresno. Yang’s style of illustration is influenced by Japanese anime and mang. As a child, her biggest influence for drawing anime was the hit show, Sailor Moon. Yang was a self-taught artist until she took her first art class as a junior in high school and started experimenting with color. She has always wanted to become a manga artist but didn’t take art seriously until she entered college.

After taking art seriously as her career, Yang now specializes in drawing portraits, characters, fanarts, and illustrations in anime and manga in a semi- realistic style.

Kasi Zoldoske

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  • Phone: (559)-875-6564
  • Email: kasi_zoldoske@mail.fresnostate.edu

My name is Kasi Zoldoske and I am passionate about art, history, and fictional works in the media. I am graduating from CSU, Fresno with a BFA in Graphic Design with an emphasis in illustration, and hope to study abroad in York, England to get a MA in Stained glass conservation.

Luke Yang

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  • Phone: (559)-448-7567
  • Email: lukeyang75@mail.fresnostate.edu

Hello my Name is Luke Yang. I am a Graphic design major in the BFA graphic design program focusing on illustration. I enjoy the creative process of design and art. I like playing sports such as volleyball and table tennis. In my free time I spend it with my friends, family, and loved ones.

Michael Vang

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  • Phone: (559)-960-8419
  • Email: graphicsbymike03@gmail.com

Greetings! I'm Michael M Vang, born and raised in Fresno, California. Being a graphic designer and illustrator, I will be completing my BFA in Graphic Design emphasizing in Illustration. My particular Illustration style is deeply inspired by contemporary and street art. Upon taking a packaging and design course for a semester, I've grown to take interest in it because it challenged my Illustration and graphic design abilities. Being awarded a gold and silver in this year's 2020 ADDY Awards in Sacramento, I plan to continue furthering my illustration and designs based around it. Being an in-house Graphic Designer on campus has also helped me be a well rounded designer by taking leads on major events such as Fresno State's very first ESports reveal, Vintage Days, Homecoming, and Student body recruitment. Please enjoy my portfolio and I hope to hear back from you! Thank you.

Robert Rawson

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  • Phone: (559)-238-5539
  • Email: rrawson@mail.fresnostate.edu

Robert Rawson has been an experienced artist in painting, drawing, and photography since 2012. Rawson loves that these skills have all contributed to his ideas and current illustration work. He enjoys the dynamic visual effects, music, dramatic movements that create a spectrum of moods which have inspired him to craft his own ideas and stories through digital illustrations. What motivates Rawson more than anything is seeing the process of his ideas coming to life and telling a story while having great visual detail. His illustrations are inspired by apocalyptic and futuristic environments from movies and video games that are intended to be dynamic in composition and spark an emotion in his audience. His work tells stories that tie into relevant issues with the world but adds a twist that is more a mystery or not realistic to give them some creative flare and wonder.

Sarah Alaftan

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  • Phone: (703)-991-3807
  • Email: sarahaft@mail.fresnostate.edu

An accomplished and forward thinking illustrator with a proven track record in all aspects of the end-to-end creative process. I'm an illustrator who is always finding ways to challenge and develop creative skills. I especially love art, logo design, and branding.

Seth Casarez

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  • Phone: (559)-389-1551
  • Email: sethpcasarez@mail.fresnostate.edu

Seth Casarez is a digital artist. He graduated from the California State University of Fresno with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Graphic Design program with an emphasis in Illustration. He uses primarily Adobe Programs for his artwork, and his skills range from small character pieces to whole background sets. He can design logos for businesses and conceptual art for cartoons. While attending Fresno State, he also was taught techniques like drawing with charcoal and animating in Adobe After Effects. Most of his artwork consists of pop culture or original characters. He currently resides in Fresno, California, but is open to opportunities outside of his immediate location.

Thea Tabanas

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  • Phone: (559)-770-8148
  • Email: diamondstarz8@mail.fresnostate.edu

Thea Tabanas is an artist born in the Philippines and currently resides in the United States. She enjoys designing characters and illustrating in the fantasy genre, and hopes to someday work in the comic and video game industry.

Valeria Gonzalez

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  • Phone: (559)-213-7746
  • Email: vgonzalez29@mail.fresnostate.edu

Valeria Gonzalez is a Fresno California based illustrator who enjoys creating anthropomorphic characters enjoying their best life. She graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor’s in fine arts and emphasis in illustration. Valeria works in both traditional and digital media when illustrating and likes to draw inspiration from everyday objects and animals. She likes to imagine what life her character would live and builds off it to bring her characters to life. Her dream is to write and illustrate a children’s book that teaches diversity to children.

Yadid Gonzalez

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  • Phone: (559)-800-3364
  • Email: yadid5@mail.fresnostate.edu

Yadid Gonzalez is an illustrator, having a childish and playful style. When illustrating, she uses traditional, but mainly digital art. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writer and Illustrator for two years.

Graphic Design Track

Gianna Cardella

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  • Phone: (559)-210-1880
  • Email: giannacardella@mail.fresnostate.edu

Hello! I am a graphic designer and photographer born and raised in Fresno California. Currently receiving my BFA in graphic design, I have plans to attend graduate school in New York in the fall for fashion photography.

Melissa Hernandez

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  • Phone: (559)-630-5970
  • Email: creativejuicesdesign3@gmail.com

My name is Melissa Hernandez also known as Creative Juices, because I bring the aspects of flowing creativity, passion, and professionalism in your projects. How can I help you?

Albert Haro

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  • Phone: (559)-207-0712
  • Email: aharo8@mail.fresnostate.edu

I am from a small town in Southern California that borders Baja. Currently I reside in Fresno for school, and this semester I am bound to graduate from Fresno State as a Graphic Designer. I grew to love it here and plan to extend my stay after I graduate.

Nicole Marschall

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  • Phone: (559)-284-0603
  • Email: nicolemarsch@mail.fresnostate.edu

The best way to describe myself as an artist is a Designer and Crafter! I love to combine digital design and handmade materials to create the extra hmph we're always looking for. I am a killer prototype creator with a passion for creating the concept, design and making them all come to life. Peek at my website if you like typography, packaging and concept break down!

Christopher Slaughter

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  • Phone: (559)-708-6693
  • Email: slaughterdesigns@gmail.com

I am a Graphic Designer with a passion for creating unique brand identity, packaging, and merchandise. I have won two Addy Awards at both the local and district level, and hope to continue to produce stellar work in the future.

Erich Schwartz

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  • Phone: (559)-265-2775
  • Email: ErichWSchwartz@mail.fresnostate.edu

I'm Erich Schwartz, a Graphic Designer with a passion for Illustration and bold design. I'm a veteran user of Adobe programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, but I'm always looking to find more ways to branch out creatively. You can find more of my work at Monolith Graphics.

Jennifer Gonzalez-Ramirez

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  • Phone: (559)-994-3046
  • Email: jgocreative@gmail.com

Hello, My name is Jenny! I hope you all enjoy viewing my work as much as I enjoyed creating it! I plan to one day work in an environment that will help enhance my creativity and be able to demonstrate to others what I am capable of creating.

Jorge Rodriguez

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  • Phone: (559)-334-5683
  • Email: jkmcrcooper1487@mail.fresnostate.edu

Hello my name is Jorge and I am a Graphic Designer who likes to be inspired. Being able to be creative has always been my favorite thing to do. I hope to be able to make more designs after graduation.

Mahin Alibabaei

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  • Phone: (559)-270-2314
  • Email: mahin@mail.fresnostate.edu

Art to me expresses the joy and freedom of being able to see and feel things better. I believe art allows me to live without inhibition and constraints, empowering me to express the connections I feel with my environment. I have learned the fundamentals of photography through the tactile use of the darkroom. Furthermore, I was influenced by the works of Bonny Pierce Lhothka in digital Mixed Media, that is transferring my images to a new surface like wood, glass, and metal. Throughout this process, I have been experimenting to combine the classical fine art and digital techniques. To broaden my knowledge, I decided to peruse graphic design, where I have had the ability to expand my creative skills, and build up concepts to deliver a message in a powerful way. In conclusion, my background in photography has greatly benefited me in graphic design. I am able take my own photographs to a professional standard, and incorporate them in my graphic design art works.

Ofelia Mendoza Olea

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  • Phone: (559)-804-5420
  • Email: mendozaoleaofelia@mail.fresnostate.edu

Hello, my name is Ofelia Mendoza Olea and I’m a graphic designer. I am passionate about designing and my goal is to communicate my designs for anybody to enjoy and understand. I hope to apply my skills out into a practical environment that can enhance my knowledge and skills to create products and designs for others to appreciate and comprehend.

Rosalba Ibarra

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  • Phone: (559)-396-8303
  • Email: rosa27@mail.fresnostate.edu

Rosalba Ibarra believes Graphic Design makes the world an interesting and beautiful place. She is a graduate of Fresno State, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, passionate about the impact her work can have. Rosalba is looking forward to new opportunities to expand her knowledge and skills. Effective teamwork just makes her happy and her family is her biggest inspiration.

Stepheny Thao

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  • Email: stephenythao@mail.fresnostate.edu

Hello, my name is Stepheny Thao. I am an inspiring future artist. I have great passion in the areas of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. I love to recreate designs and help bring people’s ideas to life. I grew up in Fresno, CA and the oldest in my family. I am the first person in my family to attend a University and graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.

As a Pulmonary Hypertension fighter, I found inspiration though art such as singing, drawing, and playing instruments at a young age. Art is where I found my endless strength and energy. As an artist, I can work independently with minimal supervision and a team player. I know my big journey begins with small steps, and I look forward to what lies ahead.

Zia Xiong

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  • Phone: (559-8430-319)
  • Email: ziaxiong@mail.fresnostate.edu

Zia Xiong is a graphic design student from Fresno State. She's self-employed on Twitch.Tv and is a designer for gamers since 2019. She will be graduating in May, 2020 with a bachelor in Fine Arts. Her passion stems from games and is inspired by pop culture.