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Nick Ito

Nick’s early obsession with surfing, skateboarding, underground music opened up the world outside his quaint suburban upbringing. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Nick spent the next year living out of a bag across Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific in search of waves, adventure, and culture outside of his native California. While living in East London, Nick learned that advertising was a viable means of making a living. After returning to the States, he put together a portfolio, begged for his first advertising job and spent the next 12 years in NYC working at various agencies for clients such as IBM, HP, Microsoft and American Express. Nick currently runs the marketing and advertising for Weddle Industries, a company based in California that makes racing gears for Baja 1000 vehicles. Nick is always looking for excuse to get outdoors or in the ocean.

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Debbie Millman
Chair, Co-founder


Emily Weiland

Director of Operations, Graduate Advisor


Steven Heller
Co-founder, Faculty Advisor