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 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 have consisted of editorial and identity design for not-for-profit organizations, start-ups, and small businesses. In recognition, Guy’s work has been published, exhibited or otherwise awarded by Graphis, UCDA, Print Annual, Print Retrospective, GDUSA Annual, GDUSA In-House Design, and Creativity International. In his role as an Assistant Professor at Columbia College Chicaogo, Guy teaches graphic design and typography. Additionally, he loves cats.