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Graphic Design Class of 2018 Kicks Off Senior Year in the Design Project Center

November 10, 2017


From left to right: Jen Bancino (DPC Student), Cindy Conkle (GRSAF Annual Fund Director), Meghan Bowlby (GRSAF Development Coordinator), Salina Bishop (Manager of Communications and Grants), Michele Suchovsky (GRSAF Executive Director), Alison Popp (DSGN Faculty), Peter Zakrzewski (DSGN Faculty), Connor Vondette (DPC Student), Mckenna McIntyre (DSGN Student)

With the school year in full swing, the seniors of the Ferris State University Graphic Design program are hard at work at their new roles in the Design Project Center (DPC), the College of Business design studio.

The DPC gives students a chance to gain real studio experience and serve clients who have real problems and needs. Among this year’s clients are Mindshare, The Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation (GRSAF)Ferris Racquet and Fitness Center, Ferris Architecture and Facility Management, Hope House, West Michigan Design Archives, and the Ferris Graphic Design senior portfolio events.

“I feel honored to have the opportunity to work with real clients in the DPC,” said Jen Bancino, a senior working on the Mindshare and GRSAF design teams. “To still be a student and given the assignment to design the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation’s annual event, MindShare, is such a great experience. The skills I’m gaining from working in the DPC will transfer over into my professional career, and will give me the edge of being a Ferris Graphic Designer graduating from the College of Business.”

Ferris’s Graphic Design program is one of the only design programs in the nation to be situated in the College of Business; its graduates continually have high placement rates. Students of the program are taught to think not only creatively but also critically; they have reasoning behind their designs and solve problems. The graduates are prepared, and professional; to learn more about the Graphic Design program schedule a visit through their page.  

Carlie Vanklompenberg and Rachel VanAken hard at work finalizing a poster for their client, Hope House, a free medical clinic that provides medical care to adults who lack insurance.

Vanklompenberg prepping a banner for Hope House.

Kyle Rice and Natalie Dixon collaborating on design solutions for the new graphic design program brand. Stay tuned to see the new look!