Graphic Design

Graphic Design

The graphic design department goes beyond the traditional division between web and print design to give students a cross-media skill set that adapts to context, audience and participant input. Our rigorous approach to audience research, theory and conceptual problem-solving will help to position you as a thought leader in your chosen field. Our students are exposed to professional practices, concepts and skills required to build rewarding careers.

As students move through the program sequence they enhance their visual, artistic and technical skills, develop habits of professionalism and collaboration, sharpen their written and spoken communication abilities, participate in internships and build their portfolio in preparation for starting their careers. Students choose internships that provide quality professional experience in real-world settings.

Students master a wide range of applications including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash. Software knowledge is balanced with essential hand skills such as drawing, painting, collage, model-making and experimental processes.

A thorough grounding in typography is provided by a four-semester sequence in the core curriculum. Type is investigated from micro to macro through classic and experimental typography, complex typographic systems and letterpress experiences. Image-making skills are developed in a range of digital and hand processes, from photographic to non-traditional tools. Interactive electronic media are incrementally and fluidly integrated into all courses, and an upper-level three-course sequence focuses on sound, motion, narrative, multimedia and information architecture.

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Spring 2013

Winter 2013

Graphic Design Faculty

  • Tyler Galloway, associate professor and chair of graphic design

    Tyler Galloway is a graphic designer interested in activist uses of design as a catalyst for individual, social and political change...Read More.
  • Jamie Koval, Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design

    For nearly 30 years, Jamie Koval’s career has been steeped in design leadership, brand consulting and advocacy. As a partner with VSA...Read More
  • Michael Kidwell, assistant professor

    Michael Kidwell is a designer with a unique professional history that includes industrial and graphic design experience in both...Read More
  • Marty Maxwell Lane, assistant professor

    Marty Maxwell Lane is a graphic designer, educator and researcher. Her active role in the design community, with contributions to...Read More
  • Paul Diamond, lecturer

    Paul Diamond is co-founder and co-creative director of DMH in...Read More
  • Lee Ernst, lecturer

      Lee Ernst is a graphic designer who embraces both the digital and analog worlds. After many years in agency and...Read More
  • Kelly Ludwig, visiting instructor

    After graduating from the University of Kansas, Kelly Ludwig began designing professionally in 1982. Ludwig Design began first as a...Read More
  • Tom Morse-Brown, lecturer

      Tom Morse-Brown is a freelance graphic designer and a recent graduate of...Read More
  • Dan Padovic, lecturer

    Dan Padovic, who brings years of...Read More
  • Jamie Turpin, lecturer

      Jamie Turpin has spent her professional career as a project designer in Dallas and...Read More

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