Great Careers

JBU Graphic Design Graduates:

Kevan Gerdes

Kevan Gerdes '12
Associate graphic designer at DaySpring Cards

"My experience at JBU taught me to meet deadlines, pair typefaces and pay attention to the details, which now I use in my work as a Graphic Designer to create greeting cards."

Chris Eshnaur

Chris Eshnaur '12 
Freelance Graphic Designer in the Los Angeles area, represented by Creative Circle Talent Agency

"My time at JBU really encouraged me to further the bounds of my creativity and to continually seek new and innovative ways to communicate. More importantly, I learned that with Art, just like anything else in life, the quality of the product you produce is a direct result of the effort you put into it."

Justin Eddy

Justin Eddy '10
Greeting Card Designer

"JBU taught me the value of collaboration -– as a designer, it is essential to look to others for critiques on your work, and to brainstorm ideas with. It truly is the best way to grow. There are few better places for collaboration than the classroom."


Mariali P

 Marialiset Paz De Leon '01
Senior Art Director - Saatchi & Saatchi

"JBU was the greatest launch pad for my career in graphic design. It taught me the right foundations and necessary skills to succeed in the field of advertising. Since graduating, the art program has only continued to improve dramatically ... can I have a second round at JBU, please?? "

Other graduates who now work in the area of Graphic Design include:
Anna Andrus '12 - Graphic Designer for Moxy Ox
Cara Harlan '11 - Graphic Designer at Master Print Group
Dave Abbott '10 - Video Producer at Whittier Area Community Church
Jesse DeFriese Skidmore '10 - Children's book illustrator, Tate Publishing
Phil Roberts '10 - Creative Media Producer, Black Orchard Studios
Christy Hall '08 - Graphic Designer for the Soderquist Center
Bobby Chamberlain '07 -  Graphic Designer at Mitchell Communications
Miles Witt Boyer '07 - Professional Photographer
Tim Woodring '07 - Art Director at AvreaFoster
Rachel Beilfuss '06 - Art teacher for White Settlement
Dave Ellcey '04 - Graphic Designer at Simmons

Possible Graphic Design Fields:

John Brown University's Graphic Design graduates work for small design studios, advertising agencies, publishers, production houses, animation studios, corporate design offices and a wide variety of institutions such as hospitals, colleges and cities. In addition, many of our graduates have gone to work for ministry organizations all over the world. Some designers work exclusively in print, while some work exclusively in web design. Some of our graduates work as account executives or office managers rather than as hands-on designers. Some freelance, and a number have begun their own businesses.

  • Graphic Designer ­– A graphic designer is responsible to assemble images, graphics and typography to communicate an idea or concept to an audience. Graphic designers are employed by a range of companies for both print and web designs. A graphic designer’s primary priority is to communicate information in an appealing and memorable way.
  • Creative/Art Director – A creative director oversees the team that produces the final visual product for a client. This team could include a range of professionals from graphic designers, photographers, artists, illustrators to writers and a production staff. Typically advertising agencies, newspapers, public relation firms, marketing firms and even manufacturers need a Creative Director with an intimate understanding of product advertisement and graphic production.
  • Layout Artist –  A layout artist creates an aesthetically pleasing interaction of images and text.  Typically a layout artist arranges text and photos primarily for magazines and newspapers and also for websites and digital documents. They focus on directing the readers’ attention to the most important material on the page while graphically maximizing all of the information on a page.
  • Brand Identity Designer – This type of designer establishes an entire line of graphics for a specific company or product in order to standardize the characteristics of the brand and the message that the client is trying to communicate to the public.
  • Logo Designer – This type of designer works specifically with logo development. The logo of a company, club or group communicates an identity and message to everyone who sees it. A designer focused on logo development has to be creative in taking the personality of an organization and communicating it through logo art.
  • Web Designer   A web designer can have a wide range of responsibilities. They can work specifically on a type of web design like graphics, web-interface, user-experience and search engines. They can also be employed to simply build web-sites from the ground up. Overall a web designer is employed to build and maintain a web presence for an organization.