Visiting scholar at TU Delft, NL
For the academic year 2017-18 I will be a visiting scholar at TU Delft, the Netherlands, conducting research on bio-inspired design and transformable origami structures, hosted by the bio-mechanical engineering department (BITE Group minimally invasive surgical instrumentation, Prof. Paul Breedveld).

Recent publications
Trogu, Pino. Giorgio Scarpa's Model of a Sea Urchin Inspires New Instrumentation. Leonardo (MIT). Just Accepted publication October 31, 2016. doi:10.1162/LEON_a_01384
Trogu, Pino. The Image of the Book: Cognition and the Printed Page. Design Issues (MIT) 31.3 (2015): 28-40. doi: 10.1162/DESI_a_00336

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I grew up on the island of Sardinia, Italy, where my father, who was a mason, taught me how to lay bricks in a straight line. In Sardinia I attended the Istituto Statale d'Arte in Oristano, earning a diploma in Industrial Design in 1979. I earned a B.F.A. in graphic design in 1983 from the Istituto Superiore Industrie Artistiche in Urbino, Italy, and a M.F.A. in graphic design in 1985 from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, R.I., which I attended on a Fulbright scholarship. I have taught classes in foundation design, drawing, exhibit design and information design, first at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, and later at San Jose State University. I have been on the faculty at San Francisco State University since 2007.

Both in my professional work as well as in my teaching, I prefer being a generalist rather than a specialist, with projects ranging from museum exhibits to web design and film, and courses ranging from letterpress printing and bookbinding to drawing, environmental graphics, and information design. My research focuses on psychology of perception, working memory, and cultural conventions in design, and their implications for problems of data visualization.

In the School of Design at San Francisco State I teach Drafting and Sketching for Design, a mandatory class for all students in our department, and Information Design: Data Visualization, an elective class for upper division students.

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