Meet us

Sharon and Guy question and investigate the process of design—the ways in which ideas are expressed and disseminated, ranging from the micro level of experimental typographic form to the macro level of publications, exhibitions, and self-authoring.

Sharon Oiga received an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and BFA degrees in Graphic Design and Photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has partnered with multidisciplinary design firms, including Studio/lab Chicago, where she specialized in identity, branding, publication design, and packaging with collaborators in the science, health, education, arts, and business sectors. In her role as an Associate Professor and the Chair of Graphic Design at UIC, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in design, typography, and thesis. Sharon’s work—and her students’ coursework—is consistently recognized through awards, publications, exhibitions, and funding. A two-time recipient of major funding by Sappi Ideas That Matter, Sharon was also honored to receive the student-voted UIC Silver Circle Teaching Award. She and Guy have written about their teaching in Designer Magazine, a UCDA publication. Additionally, she is allergic to cats.

Guy Villa Jr holds a BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a major in Graphic Design and concentration in Photography. His experience at design studios and in-house design departments prepared him for projects that consist of editorial and identity design for not-for-profit organizations, start-ups, and other businesses. In recognition for his work, he was named a Platinum Winner by Graphis, for which he was interviewed and then featured in the Graphis Letterhead 7 book. He was also interviewed by Print magazine and his work was published in the annual. In his role as an Assistant Professor at Columbia College Chicago, Guy teaches graphic design and typography. Aside from teaching, he speaks at conferences regularly and has given presentations at regional, national and international venues. He is also Chair of the STA Design Inspiration Weekend, an annual forum for designers held by The Society of Typographic Arts. Guy was recently a juror for the international TypeCon Typography Award and a proposal reviewer for the TypeCon Education Forum. Additionally, he loves cats.

Sharon and Guy’s work has been published, exhibited, funded or otherwise awarded by the following: 
Admissions Advertising Awards
AIGA Chicago Snapshot
Alcove Gallery
Apex Awards
Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design
Chicago Design Archive
Columbia College Chicago Research Grant
Creative Quarterly Journal
Creativity International Awards
Design Incubation: Communication Design Educator Awards
GDUSA American Graphic Design Awards

GDUSA American In-house Design Awards
GDUSA American Package Design Awards
How International Design Awards
International Academy of the Visual Arts
Print Annual
Print Retrospectives
Sappi Ideas That Matter Grants_$50,000 w/Elizabeth Tunstall for CCBH project, and $35,000 for CHP project
Seerveld Gallery
STA 100
STA Awards
Step Inside Design
UCDA Design Competitions
UCDA Designer Magazine
UIC CADA Dean’s Research Prize
UIC Faculty Support Grant
150 Media Stream/Riverside (with others in a team)