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How one DREAMer leveraged graphic design talents to sustain and express himself

By Alexander Sebastián Corey
El Nuevo Sol

As a college student, graphic design was more than just a hobby for Víctor Zúñiga, 25.

It was a way to express complex social issues not fully understood by himself or by those around him at the time.

Today, Zúñiga works as a graphic designer at an advertising company in Downtown Los Angeles and credits his connection to Dave Moon, his former professor and director of VISCOM, the Center for Visual Communication at California State University, Northridge, for the job that he currently has.

Outside of work, Zúñiga’s graphic design talents have served as an outlet to release anxiety and frustration.

Zúñiga graduated from CSUN with a bachelors of arts in graphic design in 2012, but the work he did while a student there is still visible today.

Many current and former students may have never met Zúñiga — he admits he spent most of his time in the Chicano Studies lobby in the Jerome Richfield building — but they’ve likely seen his designs.

Zúñiga designed the logo for the date/acquaintance rape prevention program at CSUN, Project Date, which regularly does tabling at campus events and hands out pens and other materials with the logo Zúñiga designed.

Former students might recognize promotional materials Zúñiga made for past events for various departments on campus, including the Chicano Studies department. Zúñiga also designed a poster for an event at the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA.

Despite leaving a lasting impression on his college, Zúñiga says he almost didn’t finish…

Featured Photo: Víctor Zúñiga stands beside his portfolio at the VISCOM senior exhibition in May 2012. Photo Credit/VISCOM

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