Barbara Miyuki Obermeier

Barbara Miyuki Obermeier, MBA

Assistant Professor

(805) 493-3459
WRAC Room 205

Office Hours: Monday 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. and 3:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. | Tuesday 1:30 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. | Wednesday 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. | Thursday 1:30 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. | Or by appointment


Barbara Obermeier teaches graphic design and digital art in the Visual Arts Department. Barb’s approach to teaching is to instill in students that being a lifelong learner, being technically nimble and knowledgeable and staying curious and immersed in design and life in general will help to fuel the creative inspiration and energy needed to solve design challenges.

Prior to Cal Lutheran, Barb taught at Ventura College, UCSB, Brooks Institute and Cal State Channel Islands. Barb’s areas of expertise include Branding and Identity Design, Publication Design, Package Design, Typography, Digital Imaging & Illustration and Portfolio Development and Professional Seminar. At Brooks Institute, Barb was the Program Chair for the Graphic Design Department. In additional to teaching and advising, she was instrumental in developing program curriculum, executing outcomes assessment and program reviews and assisting with marketing and strategic planning. She received a Service Award for outstanding teaching and service to students and was also nominated for Faculty Member of the Year in Professional Development as well as Faculty Member of the Year in Student Success.

In addition to teaching, Barb has a graphic design practice. Her specialties include editorial and advertising design, as well as branding and identity design. Barb is also an accomplished author having written over two dozen books on digital art software for publishers such as Wiley, Peachpit Press and Adobe Press. Her books have been translated into several different languages and have sold close to a million copies worldwide.

Barb received her MBA from Cal Lutheran and her BA in Communication Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.





BA Communication Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

MBA, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA


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