Daniel Gross

Graphic & Web Design

Graphic & Web Design Instructor
The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University

Daniel Gross

Work hard, and don't just go with the first solution. Daniel M. Gross , Graphic & Web Design Instructor , The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I knew I wanted to be a creative professional in high school when I realized you could be creative and solve problems to communicate to others.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

As a working designer, I share real-world knowledge and experience in every class. I want my students to have all the information and tools they need to get started at a highly professional level.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I enjoy teaching sustainable design. I believe we all have to take an interest in our world and understand how we can all make a difference. We can improve processes and create wins for both our clients and the environment.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

It’s exciting to watch students in different programs work together, sharing their talents and skills. I think it’s very real-world in terms of the situations they’ll encounter as working professionals.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?


You have the skills to solve problems.

What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

Work hard, and don’t just go with the first solution.

Anything else you’d like to share?


It’s a great honor to see former students become successful designers. They make me proud that I had a small part in their education.