Faculty / School of Media, Culture & Design

Carol Newsom


Carol has been a designer in Los Angeles since 1976, establishing Newsom Design in 1980. In 2018, Carol closed the firm to form Newsom Gonzalez, with designer and long time collaborator Lucy Gonzalez. The firm is known for its ability to work closely with award-wining architects and developers of innovative urban projects. Notable graphic and environmental design projects are Playa Jefferson, a Playa Vista creative campus, Otis Booth Campus of the Children’s Institute in Los Angeles, Virginia Avenue Park and Library in Santa Monica and the Best Western Hollywood Hills Hotel. Newsom Design created the identity, master sign plan, site signage and historical displays for the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles.

Ms. Newsom holds a BFA from Drake University, and an MA from Pennsylvania State University. She was a master intaglio printer at Impressions Workshop (Boston) and was subsequently hired by Landfall Press in Chicago to proof the work of Claes Oldenburg, Terry Allen and Philip Pearlstein. During that time, she created a series of large-scale intaglio prints that were exhibited and collected in Massachusetts, New York (Whitney Museum), the Midwest and California.

Carol has taught at the Boston Museum School, Drake University, Cal Poly Pomona, Art Center College, Otis College of Art, and University of Maine at Orono. One of the founders of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic, Ms. Newsom has also served on the board of The Architectural Foundation of Los Angeles and is a member of the Society of Environmental Graphic Design and ArtTable. She currently serves on the Graphic Design advisory panel for Woodbury University Department of Design.


M.A., Printmaking, Penn State University
B.F.A., Printmaking and Art Education, Drake University