Rebecca Gardea
Designer



Rebecca Gardea is a graphic designer and artist based in the Bay Area, California. She holds an MFA in Design from the California College of the Arts. Her practice explores experience and emotion through print, digital, and video. Her recent video work entitled “_ stretch” received an honorable mention from the SF Design Week 2021 awards and the Graphis Silver Award in the New Talent 2022 annual competition. This project sought to create an experience rather than document an experience, allowing participants to bring their own context to the work. Rebecca currently works as a content designer at Adobe and freelance designer and co-founder of GRL GRP.          
    Rebecca takes a phenomenological approach to her work and seeks to present designs that leave space for viewer or user participation rather than prescribing a specific reaction. Learning through experience is essential and leaves a lasting impression and room for the mind to explore.




Identity for Design Lecture Series
2022

SPRING 2022 DESIGN LECTURE SERIES

Medium: Poster, Paper, Ink, Digital

Identity work for California College of the Arts' Spring 2022 Design Lecture Series.


San Pablo Mural
2021

SAN PABLO MURAL

Medium: Mural

This mural is a GRL GRP and @ifthenstudio collab! Wheat pasted flora and fauna onto the pink building as a process of plant life reclaiming an empty building.


GRL GRP Website
2021

GRLGRP.COM

Medium: Web

A womxn run and feminist inspired design collective based in the Bay Area of California.



HONORABLE MENTION: STUDENT CATEGORY AT THE 2021 SF DESIGN WEEK AWARDS

Duration: 7:16
Medium: Photography, Video, Motion Graphics

A 7-minute phenomenological film exploring the balance between contextual information and abstraction.


Thesis Book
Book Design, Designer, Researcher
2021
Hardcover: 167 pages
Printing: Full-Color
Printer: Lulu

I investigated the mundane experience of the car ride and transformed it into a set of phenomenological studies. Through video and sound, I sought to create an experience rather than document an experience. The work sets up a world or landscape for participants to inhabit and bring their own context into. This culminated into a 7 minute phenomenological film: _ stretch that won an Honorable Mention at SF Design Week 2021.


A project presented to the graduate faculty of California College of the Arts in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree Master of Fine Arts in Design

Rebecca Gardea
Bay Area, California