John T. Drew

Professor, Graphic Design; Graduate Program Advisor

John T. Drew


Location: VA 266
Phone: (657) 278 - 4657

Please contact the Art Department Office 
(657-278 -3471) for current office hours


Art 323A Graphic Design 
Art 483A Special Studies in Graphic Design 
Art 495 Internship (Denmark Study Abroad Short-Term Program) 
Art 503A Graduate Problems in Graphic Design
Art 500C Graphic Design Graduate Seminar
Art 500D Graphic Design Thesis


Professor John T. Drew is the Executive Director, and Founder of the Innovation Center for Design Excellence. A 2016 start up nonprofit organization dedicated to providing scholarships to underprivileged design students. Professor Drew is currently a Full Professor at California State University Fullerton (CSUF) and has served as the Vice Chair of the Art Department-- a department of over 80 individuals. Professor Drew is the recipient of the California State University, Fullerton Outstanding Teacher Award, Four-time Outstanding Scholars Award, and Six-time Author Award. He is also the Director and co-founder for The Design Innovation Project (CSUF). A joint faculty partnership with Cal Poly University, Pomona (CPP) and industry leaders to create “mobile think tanks” that specialize in innovative solutions for visual communication problems. He has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia, and The University of Utah, and has been a Visiting Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar in the Graphic Design and Visual Communication Areas. He is the co-author of the Innovation Center for Design Excellence: White Paper for App Visual Accessibility (ICDE 2020); Acuity 1.0, Color Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Graphic Designers (Rotovison 2005, Allworth Press 2012); Color Management for Logos (Rotovision 2006); Color Management for Package Design (Rotovision 2008); Choosing Color for Logos & Packaging: Solutions for 2D & 3D Designs (Rotovision 2009), and The Acuity Color Matching System (Rotovision 2005). Many of these books have been translated and published as co-editions into Polish, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Russian, and South East Asia (simplified English language). Professor Drew is the co-editor of Design Education in Progress: Process and Methodology (CDSCAD- Virginia Commonwealth University Press), and he is on the editorial board of directors for Designed Behaviors, an international design journal published by Kyunggido: Design Research and Education Lab, South Korea. Professor Drew is a past institutional representative and a current lead visiting evaluator for the National Association of Art Schools and Design (NASAD). Professor Drew has been a consultant for the South Korean Ministry of Transportation, Meadow River Enterprises, and The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to develop new signage systems, including low-light signage systems for use by the United States National Park. Professor Drew holds a U.S. patent for The Effects of Distance, Typographic Form, Color and Motion on 20/20 Vision, and is a Society for Environmental Graphic Design Educational Foundation Grant recipient. He is a lifetime honorary member of The Korea Brand Identity Association and has been a guest speaker for numerous events including the International Council of communication Design (ICO-D) Design Week in Daegu, South Korea.

He has been an internal book reviewer for Laurence King Publishing Ltd., London, UK, and RotoVision Books, London, UK. His design work can be seen in numerous books, periodicals, magazines, catalogs, and journals including, most notably Color Management; United Designs: Graphic Design Practices & Education; Working with Computer Typography 3: Color and Type; Typographic Specimens: The Great Typefaces; and Graphic Design: A Career Guide and Educational Directory, published by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Professor Drew’s design work is in the permanent collections of the Walker Gallery, University of Nebraska at Kearny and The Hanyang University of South Korea. He has written for Messages, AIArchitect’s, ACSAnews , Design Education In Progress: Process and Methodology, Volumes 1, 2, and 3 ; Revival of The Fittest: Digital Versions of Classic Typefaces ; Why Design ?; The Proceedings of The Hanyang International Design Conference , Journal for the Hanyang International Design Conference, Identity Systems ; United Designs: Graphic Design Practices & Education ; and Y Tristimulate Your Colors ; Paper, ICO-D. His design work, teaching, and writing have been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Art Directors Club, Society for Environmental Graphic Design, The Society for Technical Communication, NightLine: NBC News , Grafik , Grafik Magazine , UK , @cturs Graphiques , FR, Creation , FR, and L’ Argus de la presse , FR. Professor Drew has been an educational board member for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Salt Lake City chapter, and an AIGA national Design Faculty Research Grant reviewer . He is a current member of the College Arts Association, AIGA, and the Guild of Book Workers.

Professor Drew has worked at Kinitex: Graphic Communications, Inc., Graphix, Inc., All Night Bar and Grill: Graphic Design, Inc., Engeman’s Dreamworks, Inc., Bremmer & Goris Communication, Inc., Vision Marketing, Inc., Rice Garder and Associates, Inc., and Camera Room and Ink, Inc. as an Assistant Animator, Graphic Designer, Art Director, and Partner.

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