Lorraine Donegan

Lorraine Donegan


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Office Hours

  • In person bldg 26 rm 220 (DRT Lab Office)                                                                                                   Not teaching Spring 2024



  • M.A. Education, Specialization in Curriculum & Instruction, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • B.S. Graphic Communication, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


  • GrC 318 - Digital Typography for Print and Web
  • GrC 439 - Book Design Technology
  • GrC 440 - Magazine Design Technology


A GrC Cal Poly alumnus, Lorraine Donegan brings more than 20 years of graphic design and production industry experience to the department. She has earned a B.S. in Graphic Communication as well as an M.A. in Education, Specialization in Curriculum & Instruction from Cal Poly. Her specialty is typography, since it leads to everything else!


In her teaching, she links design with technology in an effort to prepare students to understand the language and role of the graphic designer, the print provider and the final product. Versed in digital and traditional printing, she also helps students learn how to repurpose print design for the flexibilities and constraints of web publishing. She serves as the coordinator for the Design Reproduction Technology concentration and specializes in typography and design technology for print and web.

Lorraine loves seeing how much the students enjoy the subject matter! When teaching Digital Typography, they are ready to learn more about type, page layout and the software associated with design and production. She enjoys teaching Book Design because the students fall in love with books, even those that might be skeptical, ended up loving the details of a book including the end sheets, the paper, the binding, and covering. Lorraine also teaches Magazine design where students showcase their design aesthetic and introduce her to the latest design trends.

Professional Work

Lorraine was the designer for the More than a Motto book which was published a few years ago, it was a four-year process and she loved every minute of it, even the late night and weekends! She was interested to see all the different ways Cal Poly integrates ‘Learn By Doing’ in every department and discipline. Working with three other faculty members from different colleges along with a team of students to document and showcase our university was one of the most rewarding projects for her. She also taught GrC 377 in London through Cal Poly’s Study Abroad program during the summer of 2018. Donegan has spoken at conferences in 5 states on issues of design and production. She was honored in 2006 as Educator of the Year award with the Electronic Document Systems Foundations (EDSF).

She enjoys traveling, shopping, entertaining and cooking. As well as a passion for classic type, beautiful books and letterpress printing.


Check out her portfolio! Lorrainedonegan.com

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