What are the kids saying about Mike?


Michael helped me to realize that design isn’t just a technical skill, and advocated instead for its construction as a part of our history, present, and future. In his design class we engaged in walking tours, research, presentations, writing assignments and class discussions that pushed students to think about design in its socio-cultural context; it was a really eye-opening experience. Not only that, but Michael was always very generous with his time and willing to talk to students about their work both in and outside class. He even helped guide me towards graduate studies. As a result of Michael’s class, I altered my career path to redefine, highlight and address larger social issues in a way I find much more gratifying and engaging.

—Brigette Brown

MFA Design Criticism,
School of Visual Arts, Class of 2013

 

“Hi Mike! Let me first start out by saying at this point I couldn’t believe any more in the saying “everything happens for a reason” than I do now. Today I just found out that I received an internship and I can honestly say if it weren’t for your class and your help I would not have gotten this position! When I walked in the first question was if I snowboarded or surfed… which I’ve done neither in years, so he said it wasn’t going so well for me. Then I showed him my concept book and by the end he told me he was totally impressed! Guess I’ll be in the graphic design industry after all. Thank you so much for helping me along in my journey. I definitely couldn’t have done it without your class!”

-CSULB, Summer 2010

 

“I want to thank you for all of your feedback and critiques through out the semester. I really enjoyed your class, and after completing it, feel very encouraged that this is what I am meant to do. Thank you again for all of your encouragement and support and I look forward to keeping in touch with you through out the remainder of my time at CSULB as well as my career.”

-CSULB, Summer 2010

 

“Illustration and drawing have always been my passion, but taking this class with you has really given a whole new outlook on logo and identity design. I honestly had no clue how much went into it and actually enjoyed myself trying to construct an effective brand! Hopefully down the road, if my career choice does turn towards graphic art, can I keep in contact with you for your input on ideas???”

-CSULB, Summer 2010

 

“Mike, I really respect your opinion and totally enjoyed the outcome of the class. I appreciated all your help with achieving the best possible outcome for the project and your input on the graphic design world will definitely go towards helping me out in real world aspects. Thanks so much!”

-CSULB, Summer 2010

 

“I was surprised how much content I learned in your class because the other design classes I’ve taken have been primarily focused on learning an Adobe program rather than a real-life practice.  Thanks for a great quarter!”

-CSULB, Summer 2010

 

“The professor was able to give us “modern day” real life advice and guide us in the correct direction. Since Advertising changes every day, he was able to keep us up to date on everything.”

-Chapman, Fall 2011

 

“He was always available for feedback and was willing to work with us.”

-Chapman, Fall 2011

 

“He allowed us to be very experimental.”

-Chapman, Fall 2011

 

“I really enjoyed the projects and how this class broke the mold of the other G.D. classes I’ve taken. It helped make the subject more fun.”

-Chapman, Fall 2011

 

“Good range of assignments that all really challenged me to think critically and problem solve.”

-Chapman, Fall 2012

 

“Giving professional presentations to the class helped us see what real presentations will be like and how we need to be prepared.”

-Chapman, Fall 2012

 

“The different advertising assignments really helped me learn what the advertising industry takes. Michael provided great feedback and was always there when we needed extra help.”

-Chapman, Fall 2012

 

—Are there any specific ways the instructor could improve this course?

“Buffet?”

-Chapman, Fall 2012



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