M.F.A. California State University, Los Angeles
B.A. California State University, Northridge
Dave Moon is currently serving as an art and design professor at California State University, Northridge. He is the Communication Design area head and faculty/business advisor for IntersectLA. Prior to his current appointments, he served as chair of the Art Department and Interim Dean of CSUN’s Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication. Dave founded or co-founded a number of student-based creative enterprises, including the Center for Visual Communication (VISCOM), DesignHub, META+Lab, RADIUS, and most recently, IntersectLA, a design, marketing, and strategy agency. He has always been focused on student learning and creating innovative spaces that encourage collaborative learning via a “learn-by-doing” model, and Dave developed a handbook to assist other educational institutions in replicating the model to further connect education with industry. Additionally, he has authored two textbooks: Design Strategy for Effective Branding and Power-Up YOU: A Personal Branding Handbook for Artists, Creatives, and Designers. Both books were developed to serve students seeking jobs upon graduation. Dave has 30 years of experience in higher education and helping students find jobs, and he continues to make student success his highest priority.
In addition to being an effective administrator and teacher, Dave is considered by many to be a builder, connector, and restless creative, and he funnels his entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge, skills, and relentless energy to help those who want to start a business or maintaining their businesses. He has helped launch countless regional, national, and international businesses with a great deal of success. Dave continues to research and practice, utilizing design thinking and a universal design framework to advocate for the positive impact that design and designers can have on all aspects of society.
Those interested in learning more about the Communication Design area are encouraged to contact Professor Dave Moon.