Ray Kampf, tenured Professor at CalPoly Pomona, is also a Communication Designer. His training allows him to concentrate on what the message is, and the best way to convey it. Although he mostly relies on the tools of the Graphic Designer, he often finds himself needing to learn aspects of communication that are not always visual. His art takes him into realms of audio, theatrical and kinetic design. Ray could have only achieved this by knowing about typography and print publication, in addition to sculpture, literature and not being afraid to take on new challenges. With this, Ray's Art/Design is a strong combination of heart, hand and head.
Ray's teaching philosophy is that design is a building block. It is an essential part in everyday living, yet it is often taken for granted by the public and glorified by its practitioners. The language of design must be taught at an early age and refined as a student grows. This is important to him because undergraduate students of design must continue to push not only the boundaries of the discipline but also how the discipline is applied and how it is presented to non-designers. They must be made aware that design does not exist in a vacuum.
Ray received his BFA from Kutztown University and his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.