About Pino Trogu




Associate Professor

Additional Title: 

Information Design and Data Visualization


School of DesignCollege of Liberal and Creative Arts


Humanities (HUM)


Office Hours: 

Tuesday: 10:00 am-12:00 pm, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Office Hours (Additional Info): 

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At SF State Since:



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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 been a generalist in my professional work as well as 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 bioinspired design and psychology of perception, with a focus on metamaterials in the former and on working memory and cultural conventions in design in the latter, as they relate to problems of data visualization.

In the School of Design I teach Introduction to Drawing for Designers, a sketching, drafting, and drawing class open also to other majors, Letterpress Printing, using movable metal type and printing presses, and Information Design: Data Visualization, focusing on good graph construction.

During the academic year 2017–2018 I was on sabbatical as a visiting scholar at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands, conducting research on bio-inspired design and transformable origami structures, hosted by Prof. Paul Breedveld (BITE Group), minimally invasive surgical instrumentation, in the bio-mechanical engineering department.

To view and download some of my recent publications, click here or the tab above (top right).