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Kathleen Kaiser

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Art


Kathleen Kaiser is the Creative Director, Owner and Co-founder of Pencilbox, an integrated trans-media design studio.

The design studio focuses on human-centered design. Their ideology is Good Work, Good Clients, Good Success.

Kathleen graduated from (and later became an adjunct professor at) California State University, Fullerton, with degrees in Advertising, Photography and Art. From her internships, to her magazine and ad agency work, to working at a design studio, to running her own studio — Kathleen has gained extensive, valuable experience in multiple, varied environments. 

She creates identity and branding systems, promotional materials, websites, packaging and publication designs for a broad range of clients such as Toyota, Lexus, Providence Health, St. Joseph Health System, Camino Health Center, BJ’s Brew House, Bevel Specs, BarBakers and Citrus Valley Health Foundation. 

Kathleen is a founding board member of iHOPEoc, an advocacy group for the homeless, as well as one of the founders of The Wellness & Prevention Center at San Clemente High School, an on-campus, independently funded counseling center for at-risk youth. 

Her work has been published in Black Book, Communications Arts, Digital Foundations and Print Magazine. She is the recipient of numerous awards: Black Book Award AR100, Apex Award, Print Magazine Award, Tube Manufacturer Award, National and World Calendar Award, Crystal Award, Communicator Awards, HPRMA Award, MarCom Creative Award, ADDY Award, OC Ad Club Award and the AIGACO Award.

She was a speaker at CommWeek at CSUF and at the preview of the film Art and Copy at Art Institute, and participated in panel discussions at both events. For the past five years she has contributed portfolio reviews for Chapman Graphic design students and now is an adjunct professor.

Kathleen is currently collaborating on a book about design and photography.