Karl Cleveland is a designer, artist, and educator working primarily in web and interactive media, UI/UX design, creative coding, animation, and digital imaging. He joined the faculty at MiraCosta in 2006, but has been teaching computer graphics, digital media, web design, web development, and multimedia classes since 2000. He previously taught at San Diego City College and San Diego State University.
Karl has been a professional web and interactive media designer for over 20 years. He established his own web design business in 1998 where he focused on designing websites for law firms and other professional services companies. He has extensive experience in all phases of UI/UX and web development, from concept and strategy formation through design, programming, and production. His professional background also includes four years writing and designing marketing communications for UCLA.
In his artistic practice, Karl is attracted to things that blur the line between creative disciplines, between art and technology, and between physical and mediated experience. His research interests address issues related to mass media and consumer culture, including media ownership and diversity, the gate-keeping and agenda-setting functions of media, and how media function as forces of social and cultural production.
Karl pursued his MFA in Art at San Diego State University, specializing in Multimedia. He also earned a Master of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Mass Communication and Media Studies from SDSU and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at San Diego.
When not in front of a computer or the classroom, Karl enjoys scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, mountain biking, golf, movies and theatre.