Graphic Design USA’s ‘Students to Watch in 2016’

February 16, 2016

MFA Design student Fernando Capeto and BFA Design student Claudine Eriksson recently made Graphic Design USA’s coveted “Students to Watch in 2016” list, which recognizes “top students ready to burst on the design scene.” Just 25 students are featured each year from leading art and design schools nationwide. Here’s a closer look Capeto and Eriksson, as well as some of the work that earned them the honor.

fernando200From GDUSA: Capeto was born and raised in São Paulo. He holds a degree in public administration from one of South America’s most prestigious business schools, and he worked for São Paulo’s state government and for a food bank NGO before pursuing his long-held interests in art and design. He worked in publishing, for Internet startups and as a senior designer at a digital agency, all while continuing his design education before moving to New York in 2015.

Favorite fine artists: M.C. Escher, Jasper Johns, Ron Mueck, David Cerny, Steve Lambert, Jo Seub and Joana Cesar.

posters735View more of Capeto’s work here.

claudine200From GDUSA: Originally from Helsingborg, Sweden, Eriksson moved to New York City to study design. After completing her Associate degree at Parsons, she worked in branding, print and digital design at places such as Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Wajskol Design & Communication, S Magazine and Ahl & Co. In 2014, she resumed her education at SVA to explore new mediums, such as film and installation, and further develop her skills in typography, illustration, print design and collage. Her motion graphic, print and installation work has been exhibited at the Art Directors Club, and her first film, Enigma, won Best Short Film at SVA’s Written in Stone screening. She is a co-founder of the design collective 3xStudio.

Design hero: The list is endless—but I’m currently taking a class with Paula Scher, and she is wise beyond words!

bikini735booklet735View more of Eriksson’s work here.

GDUSA also offered some words of encouragement for aspiring designers: “Here’s some good news for recent and soon-to-be graduates: You’re in the right industry at the right time. Demand is often outpacing supply when it comes to top creative talent.” (Read the full article here.)

And for more information about GDUSA’s “Students to Watch in 2016,” click here.

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