We are a full-service graphic design firm, established in 1970, specializing in identity and brand development, sign planning and design, and preparation of construction documents.
Recognized as innovators in the field of sign-planning, our team creates comprehensive sign programs for a diverse clientele, including public agencies and private developers of residential and commercial projects.
An important part of our team’s mission is to assure sustainable materials and methods are utilized throughout the design, fabrication, and installation process.
In conjunction with our sign planning services, we provide complete guideline packages for master-planned sign programs, plus tenant sign criteria for retail and office projects. We have extensive experience in processing comprehensive sign plans at various levels of city and county government.
Recognized as innovators in the field of graphic design and sign-planning, we aim to set the highest standard of quality for our clients.
Ruben Andrews is the president and founder of Graphic Solutions. His areas of specialization include visual communications, sign planning and design conception.
He has been actively involved in numerous professional and civic organizations, including the Society of Experiential Graphic Designers and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
Ruben has served as lead principal in many award-winning programs, including Tustin Market Place, Del Mar Highlands
Town Center, Piazza Carmel, Uptown District, Century Theaters, Anaheim Plaza, and Glendale Galleria.
Simon Andrews has been a principal with Graphic Solutions since 1976, serving as Vice President, and Secretary of Corporation. His responsibilities include problem-solving, design concepting, sign-planning and strategies for consensus-building. He has directed numerous award-winning projects for both private and public agency clients.
Simon has played an active role in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Society for Experiential Graphic Design, San Diego Environment and Design Council, and the American Society of Landscape Architects.
As a member of the Design Review Committee of the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Board, Simon assists in reviewing all proposed public and private projects on city park lands.
In addition, Simon has participated as a partner in private development teams, gaining first hand redevelopment experience and garnering Downtown Improvement Awards for both commercial and residential projects.
FRANK MANDO - Designer
A leader in the Design Department, Frank Mando’s responsibilities include planning, scheduling, quality control, art direction and graphic design. He directs the design staff in design development and construction documents.
As a key member of the Graphic Solutions design team, Frank provides creativity and guidance in developing unique, effective branding and sign programs for all of the projects at Graphic Solutions.
Prior to joining Graphic Solutions, Frank honed his skills in design and production of printed materials for agencies and design firms in San Diego, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. He has received awards and recognition as a print and sign designer in numerous local and national competitions. In addition, Frank is recognized as a prominent public artist and sculptor.
BRANDY ORNER - Sales and Marketing/Project Coordinator
Brandy Orner has worked in business development and project management since 1994 and her wide range of project experience includes commercial tenant improvement coordination, municipal construction and facilities management, as well as residential renovation and new construction.
ARTEMISA ZUAZO - Project Manager/Designer
Artemisa is an essential part of the Graphic Solutions design team, combining experience in graphic design and architecture, to provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to environmental graphic design. She has a unique gift for conceptualizing the application of color to architectural spaces.
Her contributions to the design team include creating design concepts, sensitive and appropriate to their environments. Artemisa specializes in project management, design and programming wayfinding systems, and construction administration.
Prior to joining the Graphic Solutions Team, Artemisa was on the staff of Neo Arquitectura, an architectural firm in Tijuana B.C. México.
CHRIS MCCAMPBELL - Project Manager/ Designer
Chris McCampbell's diverse 13-year experience in graphic design inspires his interdisciplinary and holistic approach as project manager and designer of environmental graphics, wayfinding programs, and branded systems for public projects. He has also produced exhibits, branding materials, books, and web sites for small businesses and non-profits. As an author, Chris has contributed to publications on topics regarding graphic design thinking and processes. Chris received his BA in Graphic Design from San Diego State University and his MFA in Graphic Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He currently teaches classes on Environmental Graphic Design at San Diego State University.
As a leader, a teacher, and a collaborative designer, Chris has won several awards and exhibited work in public exhibitions. His love of art, architecture, and urban design fuels his passion for merging graphic and environmental design to create engaging public experiences. Chris is currently the San Diego Chapter Chair of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) and a long-time member of AIGA.
Your primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, coordination and overall development of an entire project – from concept design to construction documents, fabrication to construction administration and closeout documents. Additional responsibilities include drafting comprehensive sign programs and signage guidelines for master planned districts (both public and private), budgetary estimates, procurement of subcontractors and material sourcing.
As Project Coordinator, you assure that communication with our clients and other consultants remains open, clear and timely. Your talents and strong communication skills help ensure our clients’ satisfaction with the day-to-day progress of their projects. [Learn more!]
LAURA FAIRBANKS - Operations Manager
Laura is the glue that holds the team together. Laura joined Graphic Solutions in 2009 and is now our General Operations Manager. Laura handles all operations, accounting and human resource functions.