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Design Faculty

Full Time Design Faculty

Andrew DeRosa

Assistant Professor, Design

Andrew DeRosa is a Brooklyn-based communication designer. He received an MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and a BFA from University of Colorado in Boulder. His practice balances professional design work, self-initiated projects, and design education. Professionally, Andrew has completed projects for IDEO, Jerry Seinfeld, Whole Foods Market, Showtime Networks, and the Tribeca Film Festival, among others. His work has been been featured nationally in group exhibitions at venues such as the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; and the Autzen Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Andrew's work has been featured in publications such as Guide To Graphic Design by Scott W. Santoro. He has lectured on a variety of design-related topics, most recently at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Andrew has taught courses at Queens College since 2009, as well as at New York University, and the University of Detroit Mercy.

Dustin Grella

Assistant Professor, Design

Dustin Grella is an animator and documentary filmmaker whose work attempts to glean glimpses of colorful insight into the seemingly mundane. His films have screened at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Walt Disney Award at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. His short film "Prayers for Peace" screened at almost two hundred festivals worldwide and won over forty awards. He has written and mailed himself a letter every day for the past ten years and has all 3650 sealed letters neatly filed and categorized. He is currently in production of the Animation Hotline, a series of micro-animations where he uses crowd-sourced voice-mail messages for content.

Ryan Hartley Smith

Assistant Professor, Design

Undergraduate Design Advisor

Ryan Hartley Smith is an illustrator based in New York City. His work spans the fields of print media, animation, theater projection design, and community-based murals. Smith’s illustrations have garnered recognition from AI American Illustration and the Society of Illustrators. His work has been shown at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of American Illustration, the Tribeca Film Festival Community Series, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, ICON9 Illustration Conference, the Miami International Film Festival, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum. Publications include the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Magazine and APICS Magazine. Clients include Hermes of Paris and the Juilliard School Music Technology Center. Smith is an assistant professor in the Design program at Queens College, where he teaches illustration courses. His current work explores regional and non-colonial traditions of satire through historical non-fiction comics. Smith holds a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts.

Kathryn Weinstein

Associate Professor, Design

Kathryn Weinstein received her MFA from San Francisco State University. She began her career as an exhibiting artist with a focus on installation, image and text, and photography. Her work has been widely exhibited, and she received two public art commissions from the San Francisco Arts Commission. One of her designs is in the permanent collection of the New-York Historical Society. Her work spans media, including web interface design, print design, and photography. Much of her work has focused on not-for-profit institutions, including arts foundations, local health and housing services, legal defense, and youth services.. She is cofounder of Design Incubation and serves on the advisory board of Designer Magazine. She has been teaching at Queens College as an Adjunct Lecturer in Graphic Design since 2004, appointed Instructor of Graphic Design 2010-2011, followed by appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor 2011-2012 and Associate Professor of Graphic Design, 2012.

Danne Woo

Assistant Professor, Design

For more than a decade Danne Woo has been working in New York as a graphic designer, interaction designer, and web developer for a diverse group of corporate clients. He received his MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) where he focused on data-driven projects, musical innovation, alternative energy, and large crowd interactions. His projects have been featured on a number of blogs and magazines such as Fast Company, The Guardian, Engadget, Gizmodo, The Verge, CNet, and Make Magazine. He is founder and CEO of Datavisual (, a web-based platform for designing data-driven graphics; co-founder of BigPlay (, a multiplayer gaming technology that allows large crowds to interact with big screens; and creative technologist at Danne Woo Design (, which focuses on combining emerging technologies with traditional design principles. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most people playing his video game Splat at the same time on the same screen.


Adjunct Design Faculty


Faculty Emeritus

Marvin Hoshino

Professor Emeritus, Design

Manhattan-based designer, writer, and critic Marvin Hoshino was a professor at Queens College from 2008-2013 also taught at the Pratt Art Institute. He is the founder and owner of Hoshino Graphic Design. His work Photographs in a Book, published in 2012, is held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. His writings appear in The Village Voice, Arts Magazine, Massachusetts Review, and Infinity, and he has acted as editor and design directory for Ballet Review. He has also written for exhibitions on Walker Evans at the Getty Museum and Helen Levitt's color photographs.

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