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QC Design grad Kelly Fernandez’s comics at Forbidden Planet NYC


“Night Bunny” by Kelly Fernandez

Congrats to Kelly Fernandez ’16, who is now selling her comics at the famed Forbidden Planet bookstore in Manhattan. Kelly also had a table at #BETTYZINEFEST this summer and is currently selling prints at her online shop. Go pick up a comic at Foribidden Planet and check out her fantastic website!

Kelly's comics at Forbidden Planet NYC

Kelly’s comics at Forbidden Planet NYC


VaynerMedia (paid) Creative Residency Program

“We are kicking off our first Creative Residency Program this fall, from September 12 through December 1.  There is space for four (PAID) full time Copywriter Residents and four (PAID) full time Design Residents.  This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates to get experience in a digital agency where they can work on real client projects, see what brings a campaign to life, collaborate, ideate, and get their foot in the door.  Both Fall and Spring programs are 12 weeks long, and next Summer will be 11 weeks.  And did I mention we pay our Residents?
If you know any recent graduates in Design, Writing, Communications, Advertising, and related programs who are looking for an opportunity in a digital advertising agency like ours, please send them my way, or direct them to our application site:”


Student Interview: Sila Chanrujipat

Below is a conversation between 2016 QC graduate Sila Chanrujipat and Assistant Professor Ryan Hartley Smith about Sila’s work and plans for after graduation.
Sila Chanrujipat

Sila Chanrujipat

Professor Smith: Hi Sila, Thanks for talking! Where can we see your portfolio?
Sila Chanrujipat: My portfolio can be seen on my behance page and my website.
Tell me about the project you are most proud of…
I am actually proud of all my works. The project that I am most proud of is my series of book covers that I created in my Typography II class. I designed a series of book covers for Alice in Wonderland.  Each book cover had to have its own theme. Therefore, I designed book covers in different concepts; dark, dreamy and vintage concept. With each book cover, I tried to use different tools and techniques to make such as using a paper craft, gradient, and shadow. It actually was my first time to do a paper craft by hands. I spent a lot of time to revise my works and tried to make them look like a 3d in photoshop combining different elements.
Alice in Wonderland Cover

One of Sila’s Alice in Wonderland Covers

What’s the most important thing you want the world to know about your design work?
Every design tells its own story. I like combining handmade and digital methods to create my work, because I think it gives a sense of mystery.
Crystals in the Desert, using 3D modeling

Crystals in the Desert, using 3D modeling

You just were awarded a $2,000 prize for winning CUNY Human Rights poster contest. First, congratulations!! Second, tell us about your poster design- how did you come up with the idea, and how did you make the final design? 
Thank you very much! Honestly, I did not expect that at all. For my poster design, I started to make 3-4 sketches with a pencil then I asked my best friends to give me feedback, and colored the final draft in Photoshop. The idea of my poster is to raise awareness of Europe’s migration crisis that has been a chronic issue since last year. I combined different symbols. For instance, the big tear drop presents the emotional wounds of refugee. The barbed wire represents the acute migration crisis and division while the hands illustrate that they need help from us as fellow men.
No Human is Illegal

No Human is Illegal Poster

You just graduated, now what are your goals for the summer?
There are two main goals for this summer. Firstly, I want to spend time with my family as much as I can because I haven’t seen them for 2 years. This time, they came to visit me for 3 months. We plan to travel in New York after the Commencement ceremony. My second goal is to get a job in U.S. I have just only four months to find before my visa will be expired.
What’s your dream job/next step professionally?
My dream job is to work in advertising company or fashion company. I know they are very competitive, but I want to give it a try!
What was your favorite Design course at Queens College and why?
There are many favorite design courses in this school. One of my favorite classes is advertising design. I had to come up with an idea for a campaign project in Time Square. I chose to do a healthy food event that provides healthy food to New Yorkers.  The idea of the poster series is to mock fast food and sweet with healthy food. I really enjoyed doing research in the real place and create pattern design for merchandises.
Healthy Eating Campaign

Healthy Eating Campaign

Healthy Eating Campaign

Healthy Eating Campaign

Healthy Eating Campaign

Healthy Eating Campaign

What advice do you have for students who are considering being a Design major?
If you have creative ideas or like using computer programs. Then yes! You are on the right track! Anyhow, you have to understand all the basic rules. Then you would know how to break them and create your unique design style.
If you had to go through the Design program again, what would you do differently?
I would take more animation classes. Last semester I only took a 3D modeling class and I found it is very interesting. I want to make my illustration become more vivid and alive! I also believe that 3D Modeling and animation will play a huge role in the design fields.


College’s Brand+Integrated Communication graduate program: apply before April 1st


BIC is a two-year, 36 credit portfolio-driven master’s program at City College that uniquely combines 3 critical disciplines (Creative, Management/Planning, and Public Relations) in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary environment. While students focus on their track of choice, they are always involved with the other two.

For more information about the BIC program, please visit and the BIC blog at In the STUDENTS section of the BIC site, you’ll see where students come from, what undergraduate degrees they have, as well as a list of where members of their first graduating class ended up: BBDO, TBWA, Rabin Martin, Ketchum, Y&R, Tribal, GREY, DDB, SS+K, etc.

The deadline to apply for Fall 2016 is April 1st 2016. Step-by-step instructions on the application process can be found on the Admissions But, if interested, I strongly suggest you connect with Prof. Gerardo Blumenkrantz, the Creative Track director, who can tell you about any possible extensions, etc


Interested in having your work published?

Utopia Parkway Literary Journal  is currently accepting fiction, non-fiction, academic writing, poetry, art, and drama scripts to their journal!

Queens College Undergraduates Deadline: March 31, 2016

Email submissions and questions to:

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QC Student Show Volunteer Opportunities

Design by Alice Lee

Poster Design by Alice Lee

Hello QC Design Community!

Mark your calendars, because the annual student exhibition is fast approaching. The exhibit runs from February 8th-18th. Please join us on Wednesday, February 10th, from 5-7pm for an opening reception in the Klapper Hall Student Gallery, located on the 4th floor.

We are also looking for volunteers to help curate and hang the exhibition, as well as volunteers to sit in the space during the course of the show- so that we can keep it open to the public as much as possible. If you are interested, please contact Professor Smith at