Trogu, Pino. "Giorgio Scarpa's Model of a Sea Urchin Inspires New Instrumentation", Leonardo 52
.2 MIT Press, 2019, pp. 146-151. Click here to download PDF.
Trogu, Pino. "Counting But Losing Count: the Legacy of Otto Neurath's Isotope Charts" Visible Language 52
.2, 2018, pp. 83-109. Click here to download PDF.
Trogu, Pino. "The Landscape of the Physical Book: Space and Memory in the Printed Page" TXT / The Book Issue
, Amsterdam University Press, 2018, pp. 90-99. Click here to download PDF.
Trogu, Pino. "The Image of the Book: Cognition and the Printed Page" Design Issues 31
.3 MIT Press, 2015, pp. 28-40. Click here to download PDF.
Download PDF of my CV, updated October 26, 2021.
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 bachelor of fine arts in graphic design in 1983 from the Istituto Superiore Industrie Artistiche
in Urbino, Italy, and a master of fine arts in graphic design in 1985 from the Rhode Island School of Design
(RISD), 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, and later at San Jose State University. I have been on the faculty at San Francisco State University since 2007.
I am a generalist in both my professional work and in my teaching, 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 Introduction to Drawing for Designers
, Information Design: Data Visualization
, and Letterpress Printing and Typography
My homepage at SF State: faculty.sfsu.edu/~trogu
Pino Trogu YouTube playlists: Playlists
Visiting scholar at TU Delft, NL
Thanks to a sabbatical year, in 2017-18 I was a visiting scholar at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands, conducting research on bioinspired design and transformable origami structures (metamaterials), hosted by the bio-mechanical engineering department (BITE Group
minimally invasive surgical instrumentation, Prof. Paul Breedveld).