Wayne State University

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Graphic Design

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  • Judith Moldenhauer (MFA Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) Associate Professor of Graphic Design
    Research Interests: Healthcare information design; design of maps, instructions, and forms; typography; user-centered design
  • Danielle Aubert (MFA Yale) Assistant Professor of Graphic Design 
    Research Interests: The adaptive re-use of printers, software, typography and paper
  • Cristobal Mendoza (Rhode Island School of Design) Assistant Professor of Digital Art
    Research Interests: Data-based art, software, speculative mapping.


Program description

What is this program? 

Graphic Design deals with visual communications - the interaction of words and images to inform, educate, persuade or advocate. It seeks to inform, educate, persuade and advocate through the interaction of words and images. The objective of the Graphic Design Program at WSU is to enable students to become innovative, intelligent and responsible designers. Wayne State's program educates students to think broadly about design, to focus on the informational and problem-solving nature of graphic design and to visualize their design ideas. Graduates of the program are prepared to tackle a wide variety of career opportunities in design. These include areas such as publication design, exhibition design, multimedia design, instructional material design, package design, web page design and architectural signage.


What will I study? 

  • Information Design.
  • Address situations through concepts skills and methodologies, to be innovative designers that impacts others lives.
  • User-based design where students learn to design for people through human interaction.
  • To discover the world around them and innovatively communicate those ideas in creative ways.
  • An interdisciplinary and collaborative endeavour.


What makes this program unique? 

  • Facilities / Equipment
    • Classroom with 20"iMAC computers, scanner and wacom drawing tablets.
    • Ceiling mounted digital projection systems for instruction in classrooms and labs.
    • Printers: B&W Laser, Color Laser.
    • Large format Printer: Up to 48"wide.
    • Critiquing Studio with 20 Drafting tables.
    • 6 black/2 color printers up to tabloid , scanners.
    • Open computer lab with 18 imac stations with scanner and wacom drawing tablets and posted lab hours.
  • Software
    • Premium CS 4 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AfterEffect, Bridge, FinalCut Pro, Dreamweaver, and Flash. 
    • FontLab Studio - Typeface design.
    • Large collection of Type Fonts.
    • Microsoft Office.
    • State of the art network infrastructure and server capabilities.
  • Opportunities / ETC
    • US/EU FIPSE Grant (US Dept of ED) for the exchange of Faculty and students on the topic information design 02-06.
    • Other international opportunities.
    • Undergraduate research grant recipient to present designs for the project Data Design for Decisions held in Paris, France in June 2009.
    • Fall 2009 students from Wayne state will work collaboratively with students from Malardalen University, Sweden on a package design project.
    • Winter 2005 Graphic Design Study Tour to Germany.
    • Visiting Artists - Karen Cheng, University of Washington to speak on Designing Type.
    • Paul Elliman - Winter 2010 Sound and Visual Design.


What does the program prepare me for?

  • Areas
    • Signage
    • Publication
    • Museum
    • Brochure
    • Object Labels
    • Exhibition Design
    • Healthcare & Government
    • Environmental Design
  • Positions
    • Graphic Designer
    • Production Artist
    • Digital Artist
    • Prepress Specialist
    • Desktop Publisher
    • Creative Director
    • Art Director
    • Production Director
    • Studio Manager


What students should not do without

  • Publications
    • HOW
    • Print
    • History of Graphic Design, Philip MEGGS
    • Communication Arts
    • Émigré
    • Eye
  • Designer/Agencies
    • Stephen Heller
    • Edward Tufte
    • Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
    • Leila Massimo vignelli
    • Vanderland and Zico
    • Ellen Lupton
    • Pentagram Design Studio
    • Stefan Sagemeister
    • Erik Spiekermann - Meta Design
    • Why Not Associates
    • Moniteurs
    • Milton Glaser
    • Charles and Rae Eames
    • Schools/Philosophies Bauhaus
  • Professional Orgs.
    • Society for Environmental Graphic Design, SEGD
    • IIID, Internation Institute for Information Design
    • Type Directors Club of New York
    • University and College Designers Assoc.
    • Design Issues
    • Information Design Issues
    • AIGA, Design for Democracy