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A photo of me on a trip to Charlotte, NC. There was a very cool statue downtown covered with mirrors.

FULL BIO

I am a former high-school teacher and writer turned graphic designer, and I just completed my Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in graphic design at San Diego State University.

I am the Owner and Creative Director of Stapko Design which I founded in 2009. I specialize in graphic design, front-end web development, branding, and illustration. I am also a new media artist and screenprinter. I have created everything from full branding systems for role-playing game conventions to user interface design for academic websites.

I was an in-house designer at the University of California, Davis for 5 years, and during my time there I designed wayfinding signage for the world-renowned Robert Mondavi Center for Wine and Food Science, as well as numerous works for multiple on-campus departments including the Arboretum, Budget and Resource Management, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor.

My most recent notable projects include exhibition design for “Spirit Lab: New Religious Thought in the Golden State,” an exhibit at the San Diego State University Love Library, and “Comic-Con Kids,” a website exploring the history of Comic-Con International. I was awarded the Creative Arts Research Excellence Award at the 2015 SDSU Student Research Symposium for my presentation “Mutable Typography: Development of the Typeface Model Q” which explored the intersection of experimental typography and semiotics.

My academic interests stem from my first loves: literature and words. I am fascinated by the unexpected connections between graphic design, literature and philosophy. Fashioning myself a creative technologist, I am also interested in new technologies and how they can help create new perspectives in regards to the world around us, especially in regards to the printed word.

Specialities
– Graphic design
– Layout design
– Typography
– Front-end web development
– WordPress
– Shopify
– Adobe Creative Suite
– HTML and CSS
– Writing and Editing
– FontLab Studio
– Search Engine Optimization