Steve Jones
Graphic Designer and Educator, Plantain Studio


Steve is a working graphic designer, artist, and educator—whose work has been exhibited, locally, nationally, and internationally. His philosophy and approach to graphic design combines the personal with the formal. His interests focus on black icons and their representation in mass media and popular culture, identity politics, social issues and causes, and public art. He is the principal and creative director of plantain studio in Oakland, and the founder of the Negro Emancipation Association, a Bay Area design collaborative. He is a former executive board member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (SF Chapter), the Alameda Public Art Advisory Commission, and the Jazz Heritage Center. Mr. Jones has been an educator in higher education for over 20 years. Currently, he teaches at the California College of the Arts—where he teaches in the Diversity Studies and First Year Program. He has also taught at the Rhode Island School of Design; and San Francisco State University (as assistant professor and graduate program coordinator). Steve lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.