Graphic Design Class of 2020 Kickoff Their Senior Year In The Design Project Center

AlexOosterhouse (left) and Adam Pederson (right) researching the Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities to prepare for their upcoming project.

It’s the start of a new school year, and the seniors are working hard on their DPC projects. As a way to gain real-world experience, the Design Project Center (DPC) allows students to work with real-life clients in an environment that reflects today’s industry. This year’s new clients are the Mecosta County Community Foundation, the Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities, and the Ferris State Office of Student Life. Students also inherit legacy projects that include Ferris State’s Marketing Program, the West Michigan Graphic Design Archives, Project Starburst, Hope House and DSGN Events.

Ferris State’s Graphic Design program is a unique combination of business skills and creative problem solving. Students will enter the workforce with skills that are uniquely cultivated at Ferris through real-world client interaction and critical design thinking. To learn more about the Graphic Design program check out their website and schedule a visit at

Amanda Waack brainstorming ideas for the Mecosta Community Foundation (MCCF). The MCCF works with local nonprofits to provide them with funding through grants and offer scholarships to high school and college students in Mecosta County.


Sandra Ramirez researching and getting some design inspiration for the Grandville Arts and Humanities (GAAH). The GAAH is a nonprofit that aims to improve children’s lives through art programs, volunteering, and scholarships.


Adam Pederson (left), Alex Oosterhouse (middle), and Sandra Ramirez (right) conduct a meeting to gather information and plan for the Grandville Arts and Humanities.


Josh Walker enjoying the DPC lounge area and thinking hard about the Mecosta County Community Foundation.