Darrin Crescenzi is lead designer in the New York offices of Prophet, an international branding and design firm. PHOTO BY AARON WOJACK
Designing a good life
Graphic Design alumnus Darrin Crescenzi, ’07, took his Oregon State education to Manhattan and created the career he always dreamed of, including being named by FastCompany as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. Read more about how he overcome obstacles to design projects like the personal logo of NBA superstar LeBron James and the uniforms for the American men’s Olympic basketball team in the Fall 2013 issue of the Oregon Stater.
Graphic Design at Oregon State
The mission of the Graphic Design program at Oregon State University is to prepare students to take an influential role in the variety of disciplines that constitute contemporary design practice. We achieve this through individual and collaborative investigations in visual communications, creative problem solving, professional practice, theory, history, culture, and the self. We strive to create an environment that continually motivates human beings to actively engage in exploring, inquiring, and contemplating the world around us.
The program has gained recognition both within the state of Oregon and beyond as one of the top undergraduate Graphic Design programs in the Northwest, and continues to place graduates in top design studios and graduate programs throughout the country. The competitive program assures quality in both the students and the learning environment, with a curriculum that provides classes in new media, graphic design processes and an innovative course on collaboration.
Students interested in the program enroll in ART225 : Introduction to Graphic Design. It is from this team-taught class and a subsequent rigorous portfolio review that students are admitted into the program. Coursework at the beginning and intermediate levels explores basic typography as well as communication, semiotic, and critical theory. The lower division stresses the development of conceptual and technical skills as well as the application of computer technology to the design process. Theoretical and applied problems focus on the processes that lead to original design solutions.
Advanced work centers on individual and collaborative development and aesthetic exploration, balancing personal expression and effective communication. In the final year, students produce and assemble a complete portfolio of their work. Senior students are required to develop a senior thesis project that includes both a written and visual component. This capstone project culminates in a senior thesis and portfolio show.
Internships in graphic design are a valuable part of the educational experience and are available to qualifying students. Students with senior standing in the program have an opportunity to be a part of 208 Design, a fully-functional student-run graphic design studio in the Department of Art. Students are admitted through a portfolio review.