Oscar Fernández, Professor Emeritus of Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati, talks about his celebrated career and legacy as a teacher and practitioner.
Oscar graduated from Yale University in 1976 with an MFA in Graphic Design. There he studied with luminaries like Paul Rand, who taught him that good design makes an incredible impact. Design brings truth and clarity with urgency and expediency, which Oscar believes is more important now than ever before. But Oscar has long championed the timeless virtues of good design. Over the course of his more than forty-year career, Oscar has been paying forward the lessons of past masters, touching the lives of generations of designers who, like him, believe in the transformational impact of their work.
In addition to teaching at Carnegie Mellon University, Maine College of Art, University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, and Montana State University, Oscar has held design directorships at international for-profit and non-profit institutions, including Fitch Worldwide and the Wexner Center for the Arts. Among his many design awards are the inclusion of work in GRAPHIS Posters 2002, Typography 20, STA 100, AIGA Graphic Design Annual 19. In 2006, his eyethink design team received a Merit Award from the Society of Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) for the John Glenn Institute exhibit on the Ohio State University Campus.
Join the CSCA on Thursday, June 18 as we celebrate Oscar’s legacy and learn more about how the permanent and transformative impact of education and mentorship shapes our lives and careers long after we’ve left the classroom.