Impressive First Year Achievements for Advertising and Design Creative Learning Center, San Diego Portfolio Studio

Share Article

National student advertising ADDY® “Best of Show” award, notable alumni employment and first public Portfolio Review scheduled for October 14th comprise early successes for ‘small but mighty’ portfolio studio.

San Diego Portfolio Studio, a collaborative learning center for creatives in advertising, graphics, mobile and web, announced today a list of achievements from the business’ first year of operations. Achievements include multiple national, regional and local American Advertising Federation ADDY® award winners; more than a dozen alumni landing coveted positions with some of Southern California’s leading advertising, branding and digital marketing agencies; and the hosting of the studio’s first public portfolio review event.

Industry Award Winners

Topping the list of first year achievements are two San Diego Portfolio Studio (SDPS) alumni winning AAF National Student ADDY Awards: Lynette Rios, “Gold Award” and “Best of Show," and Johnny Walsh, “Silver Award.” (

The AAF Student Awards Competition is a unique national awards program designed for college students. Similar to the AAF’s professional-level award process, winning work at local events advance to regional and national judging. Additional SDPS students receiving awards include:

District 15 Winners:
Gold – Lynette Rios: Maglite; Christian Capuchino: Viking Barber; Francesca Felix: Magic Rabbit; Silver – Johnny Walsh: Hot Wheels; Lynette Rios: Gold Bond; Mary Kane: Pooch Parlor; Kirby Darland: Harley Davidson; Josh Naughton: Olympus Camera; Jeremy Madison: Chucky Interactive; Tani Yasso: Horror Channel & Elephant Bar; Stephen Chu: Sci Fi Bookstore; Elizabeth Williams: Sci Fi Bookstore; Brooke Lingenfelder: Sci Fi Bookstore.

Local Winners: (as judged and presented by San Diego X, formerly San Diego Ad Club
Best of Show & Gold – Lynette Rios: Gold Bond; Silver – Jeremy Madison: Chucky Integrated; Tani Yasso: Elephant Bar & Horror Channel; Christian Capuchino: Viking Barber; Brooke Lindgenfelder: Sci Fi Bookstore; Stephen Chu: Sci Fi Bookstore; Mary Kane: Pooch Parlor; Elizabeth Williams: Devil's Cakery; Kirby Darland: Harley Davidson; Matt Nicoles: Coffee Time; Bronze – Francesca Felix: Magic Rabbit; Josh Naughton: Gold's Gym & Olympus Camera; Mary Kane: Pooch Parlor; Lynette Rios: Maglite; Johnny Walsh: Hot Wheels.

Portfolio Review

Providing a rare opportunity for creatives in San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties to gain valuable insight and receive critical feedback from people who influence hiring decisions, SDPS will host a portfolio review on Tuesday, October 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 4858 Mercury Street, Suite 111 in the Kearny Mesa community of San Diego.

Scheduled to be on hand to review portfolios and provide attendees with industry insight include:

  • Copywriting: Erika Hein-Ziganto, freelance copywriter at prAna (previously at Wunderman, Greenhaus, DraftFCB,Tris3ct)
  • Advertising Art Direction: Kiumars “Q” Guorki, creative director at Seaside Ideas
  • Interactive Design: Eduardo Garcia, senior visual designer at Experiences for Mankind
  • Action Sports Brand Development: Scott Hultgren from Valhalla Design & Conquer
  • Web/Mobile Design: Abi Hikima, senior visual designer at Digitaria

To ensure attendees experience a quality portfolio review, space is limited to the first 15 creatives who reserve a seat by calling San Diego Portfolio Studio at 619-301-6157.

Industry Relationships & Quality Reputation

Within just this past year, SDPS alumni have used their portfolios to land positions with some of San Diego’s most notable creative agencies, including Digitaria, Experiences for Mankind and ViTRO. SDPS alumni have also been hired at Southern California locations of national agencies such as 72 and Sunny, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, David&Goliath, Mullen, and TBWA\Chiat\Day.

SDPS has recruited a pool of talented instructors from some of San Diego’s leading creative shops to teach its currently offered and future classes, including: From ViTRO, senior copywriter Eric Mayes, senior copywriter Jessi Hamilton, and associate creative director Ross Brodie; from Digitaria, senior interactive designer Stephanie Darenkamp, senior visual designer Abi Hikima and executive design director Paul Drohan; from ParkerWhite, senior designer Haley Munro; from Magnetic Creative, Jeff Horn; freelance art director Justin Hiew; and from Valhalla Design & Conquer, brand developer Scott Hultgren.

Students studying advertising, graphic design, marketing communications or other design-oriented fields, as well as those interning or working in junior-level positions in creative disciplines, can learn more at Courses for San Diego Portfolio Studio’s second fall session begin October 27.

About San Diego Portfolio Studio
San Diego Portfolio Studio is where creatives in advertising, graphics, mobile and web come to build career-enhancing portfolios of work. SDPS delivers focused curricula in a collaborative learning environment to provide creatives with affordable and relevant specialized training in art direction, copywriting and design strategy. With customized solutions ranging from individual courses to three-course specialty series, SDPS students are able to pursue the right amount of instruction needed for their particular portfolio goals. SDPS faculty come from some of San Diego’s top advertising agencies and design firms, ensuring students learn in-demand skills based on current creative trends. SDPS is centrally located in San Diego’s Kearny Mesa community to serve students from San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties. For more information, visit or follow SDPS on and on Twitter @SDPortfolio (

# # #

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Dan Dement
For San Diego Portfolio Studio
+1 (619) 618-9785
Email >
since: 02/2013
Follow >
Visit website