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Saeri Dobson

Professor of Graphic Design and Chair of Studio Arts, College of Communication and Fine Arts


Professor of Graphic Design







Saeri Cho Dobson is an educator and practitioner of graphic design at Loyola Marymount University. Saeri teaches students to use design as a path to social justice. Her artistic pursuit of justice and moral responsibility to educate the whole person are hallmarks of her dynamic teaching philosophy. Past works in both print and new media expand the boundaries between type as text, and type as texture. Her experimental art & design works have been exhibited in galleries in New Zealand, Seoul Korea, Mexico, Oxnard and Los Angeles, California. She is a recipient of an Artist-in-residence Grant from city of Los Angeles' Department of Cultural Affairs and currently works with adults with intellectual disabilities as the focus for her human centered design.


California State University, Los Angeles

Ed.D, Educational Leadership

Art Center College of Design

M.F.A., Communication & New Media


Parsons School of Design

B.F.A., Communication Design



Areas of Expertise

TypographyDigital IllustrationLayoutConcept DesignMotion GraphicsConcept DevelopmentVisual CommunicationInteraction DesignType CraftStoryboardingExperimental TypographyAdobe SuiteCalligraphyIllustrationPhotoshopBag MakingBook MakingEditorial DesignPackage DesignBrandingPrinting3d PrintingLeatherwBrainstorming

Industry Expertise

  • Fine Art
  • Education/Learning
  • Graphic Design
  • Print Media
  • Design


  • Speak Up for the Poor
  • New Horizons in North Hills (Artist-In-Residence)
  • LAMP Community
  • Los Angeles High School of Arts (Mentor)


  • English
  • Korean

Research Grants


City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs


A year-long grant (2016-2017) to work with adults with intellectual disabilities as the focus for her human-centered design. A culminating public event will be curated at the end of the grant period.

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Hope is in the bag: Saeri Dobson designs handcrafted purses in support of displaced Bangladeshi girls



The following letter pays tribute to Art Center alum Saeri Dobson’s tireless and selfless work on behalf of Bangladeshi girls who have been rescued from brothels. Dobson (MFA 00 NEWM), whose ethically-minded creative practice is embedded right in her company name: By SaeRi: Design + Humanity.

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Alumni Spotlight: Saeri Dobson (MFA, Communication & New Media ’00)

Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design


Saeri Cho Dobson (Communication and New Media ’00) is a graphic designer, educator and social entrepreneur. Over the past 18 years as she pursued her artistic and typographic voice, Saeri embarked upon an introspective journey which reconnected to her cultural roots as she searched for a higher purpose for design. Her MFA from Art Center not only enabled her to teach, but also to find her passion: design that makes a difference in the world. As Cho-Dobson explored social causes that were meaningful to her...

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My 10 Best (and One Worst) Design Items of the Half-Year



The best prediction at TypeCon during the last half of this year: Roger Black‘s declaration that in the future, through Google and other such systems, everyone with a computer will be able to have their very own signature web fonts, at 99¢ each per year...

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