As an educator, I strive to contribute to the development of not only the skills, but also the mindset that will allow students to become strong designers. I challenge their talent and imagination to push them to create work that’s beyond their expectations. Most importantly, I seek to create enthusiasm and help students find joy in each project they undertake.

 

KAGAN CLARK

GD 435 Graphic Design Studio
Project: Goodwill

DTG 417 Senior Project
Project: Special Minds Meeting Special Needs

“As a past student of Miguel’s I can say he was the one professor who pushed me to think about design as something much more than I ever thought it could be. It was under Miguel’s guidance I learned the power I have as a designer to change the world around me through visual communication. This is something I will always remember and appreciate; the little seed of inspiration Miguel planted in my head that continues to grow as I grow as a designer.”

TANYA ROSENZWEIG

DTG 310 Packaging Design
Bimbo Package Design

DTG 417 Senior Project
Bimbo Loteria Game

ERIN MARLOW

GWDA 422 Hand Lettering
Project: Harvest

DTG 417 Senior Project
Project: Beautyfull

GWDA 409 Graphic Design & Web Capstone
Project: The Seeds of Our Future

“Miguel Martinez is an excellent teacher. He ran his classrooms different from every other teacher I know. He conducted it like a studio environment. He took the time to meet with every student, not only see their progress but to give us insight to how we could elevate it to the next level. He would always challenge us to do better, to do more and to expand the project out of the classroom and into the buzzing world. It wasn’t just in the classroom that he supported his students, but it was also out of the classroom. He would send his students graphic design resources based on where he knew each individual student wanted to take their next steps as a professional. I can confidently say that my best school projects have come out of his classes. I can also say that Miguel taught me about going the extra mile to get the design right and showed me just exactly how great of a designer I could be.”

MARISOL BERMUDEZ

GWDA 315 Contemporary Issues In Typography
Projects: El Bigote & Metamorphosis

RITA MAURIN

GWDA 409 Graphic Design & Web Capstone
Project: Doses

GD 435 Graphic Design Studio
Project: Envie

DTG 310 Packaging Design
Project: MeMiors

“My experience with Miguel as a teacher has been mostly with packaging. Taking Miguels packaging class made me more aware of what we could do differently as a designer. He helped us think outside of the box and push ourselves as a designer. Since then, in college, I’ve based my projects on packaging. He broke up the classes into a great layer of brain storming and critiquing, it was very useful not only then but now after graduating and where I am now.”

DAVE CLECKLER

GWDA 409 Graphic Design & Web Capstone
Projects: Sila & Cafe Noir

GWDA 422 Hand Lettering
Projects: Archfiend & The Clash

GWDA 212 Typography – Expressive
Project: Seven Deadly Sins

“Miguel taught me a lot while I was a student at the Art Institute and was one of my favorite teachers. He runs his classes like a studio, so you get used to working in an environment like you would in the real world. He provides intelligent feedback for your projects that encourages you to think outside the box or view something in a sense that you might not have come up with on your own. Multiple edits of projects help you develop a starting assignment into a well thought out portfolio piece. This also helps in real world situations when taking direction from art directors and clients and allows your thought process to mature as a designer. Now that I am working with clients every day I use these skills constantly.”