David Hisaya Asari

Executive Committee/Past President

With 20 years of professional practice, David has experiences across a range of projects, from identity and branding, editorial design, books and publications, catalogs, and packaging to exhibition design, signage, wayfinding, and environmental graphics for a diverse mix of corporate, civic, educational, cultural and arts clients.

His publication work, environmental graphics and signage, and exhibition design have been recognized by AIGA, Graphis, Print, STEP, as well as the Western Art Directors Club and the New York Art Directors Club.

He has deep roots in the Bay Area design community, beginning his career with renowned San Francisco designer Gerald Reis; and, for over a decade, as a senior designer at Pentagram, working with partner Kit Hinrichs.

David holds an B.A. in Art from UC Berkeley, where he focused on printmaking. He later continued his studies in graphic design at the California College of Arts & Crafts (now CCA), where he now teaches in the undergraduate graphic design and graduate design programs, with a focus on typography and information design.

“Design is integral to all our lives, and we look forward to raising awareness and participation within the profession to better reflect the range of disciplines and communities of the Bay Area.”

Davids role on the Executive Committee is to help shepard and advise on matters of diversity, education and legacy.

Photo by Marisa Asari

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