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Graphic Design Class of 2019 Kicks Off Senior Year in the Design Project Center

October 29, 2018


Eddie Johnson and Alex Crittendon collaborate on concepts for the DSGN Program Events while Lydia Huisken prototypes a pamphlet for her client Hope House, a free medical clinic that provides medical care to adults who lack insurance.

The seniors of the Ferris State University Graphic Design (DSGN) program have returned to campus for their final year and are already hard at work in the Design Project Center (DPC), the design studio within the College of Business.

The DPC provides seniors with actual client work and real-life experiences that mimic working in the industry. It runs as its own design studio, always abuzz with client meetings and teams of students collaborating. Since the DPC places value on long-lasting relationships with clients, every student inherits a past client project and takes on a new one. Amongst this year’s clients are West Michigan Graphic Design Archives, Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation, Katke Golf Course, College of Business Marketing Programs, Ferris Racquet and Fitness Center, Hope House, Project Starburst, and DSGN Program Events.

“I have already learned so much through working with real clients in the DPC and am excited about the remaining year ahead,” said Molly Ford, a member of the Let’s Talk Marketing and Project Starburst teams. “I am privileged with working with Ferris’ own Marketing Department and Project Starburst, a local, non-profit food pantry. The experiences I’m gaining from the opportunities the DPC has given me will help me enter the workforce confident in both my design education and business skills.”

Molly Ford works on Let’s Talk Marketing, a event promoting Ferris’ 7 marketing programs. She is using one of the new desks in the DPC that allows students to work sitting or standing.

Leandra Gill enjoys the new furniture while working on poster design for one of her clients, Project Starburst.

Barbara Loveland, one of the clients with the West Michigan Design Archives, and DPC team member Abbie Franckowiak tour the archives.

Jonathan Davila, Sandy Hill, and Caitlyn Hain collaborate on user paths for one of their clients, Katke Golf Course.

The Ferris Graphic Design program at Ferris State University uniquely prepares its students through a rigorous curriculum focused on creative problem solving and business thinking within a design context. Students in the program enter the workforce with know-how that only authentic client interactions and critical-thinking mindsets can provide. To learn more about the Graphic Design Program, check out their website or schedule a visit.