My name is Pino Trogu. I am a teacher and graphic designer living in San Francisco. I was born in a small town on the island of Sardinia, Italy. My father was a mason who taught me how to lay bricks in a straight line. I was educated at the Istituto Statale d'Arte in Oristano, Sardinia, and at the Istituto Superiore Industrie Artistiche, Urbino, Italy, before traveling to the Rhode Island School of Design on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1983.
After earning my Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from RISD in 1985, I worked both independently and in design firms in New York, Milan, Rome, and San Francisco. In the early 1990s I was an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
I have practiced design independently in San Francisco from 1995 to 2005. In 2006/07 I was a part-time graphic design faculty at San Jose State University. Since Fall 2007 I am Assistant Professor of Information Design at San Francisco State University.