Graphic & Interactive Design

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The Graphic and Interactive Design Program at Edinboro University provides students with the knowledge, background and skill set needed to become a twenty-first century design professional. Five full-time faculty bring a wealth of experience and a dedication to the development of individual style in every student. After successful completion of candidacy (in the sophomore year), students choose from numerous options for their intermediate/advanced coursework including: website design, motion graphics, branding, publication design, advanced typography and packaging, as well as design history and theory.

Seniors gain valuable preparation and experience with client relationships in the Design Practicum course and benefit from valuable off-campus internship opportunities in professional design studios. In the final capstone course in the senior year, students embark upon a comprehensive thesis project while completing a professional portfolio.

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Student Work


Works from Graphic Design Software, Principles of Graphic Design, and Typography I courses

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Intermediate: Print

Works from Illustration I, Typography II, Corporate Identity, and Illustration II courses

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Intermediate: Interactive

Works from Interactive I-Web Design course

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Advanced: Print

Works from Movements in Graphic Design, Publication Design, Packaging Design, Design Practicum, and Senior Projects in Graphic Design courses

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Advanced: Interactive

Works from Interactive II-Motion Graphics, and Interactive Design III-Advanced Interactive Design courses

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Shelle Barronsbarron@edinboro.edu

Shelle Barron brings an extensive professional background to her teaching practice of 20+ years. As the first Art Director of Public Broadcasting of Northwest Pennsylvania, she was involved in a number of national projects for PBS including Free to Choose and Life on Earth. Her editorial work won honors from the National Broadcast Designers Association and PBS. Barron completed advanced studies in typography through the Visual Studies Workshop (SUNY). She maintains a design practice specializing in books, monographs and catalogues for clients including the Chicago Historical Society, the University of Pittsburgh Press and the Erie Art Musuem. Her recent work has appeared in journals including Print and Designer, and has won gold awards in competitions sponsored by the University and College Designers Association and the American Advertising Federation. A self-defined hybrid, Barron also creates large-scale mixed media digital collage. She has won more than twenty regional and national awards for this work as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (Mid-Atlantic) and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She has completed residencies at Brandywine Printmaking Workshop in Philadelphia and Artists Image Resource in Pittsburgh. Barron’s work is included in numerous public and private collections. A member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, her work was selected for a juror’s cash award at the 100th annual exhibition at the Carnegie Museum.

Diane Crandallcrandall@edinboro.edu

Professor Crandall earned a BFA degree in communication graphics from Edinboro University in 1981 where she received the communications graphics outstanding student award. She also studied graphic design at the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1985. She was awarded an MFA degree in graphic design from Kent State University in 1993. Her work is published in the book A Century of Innovative Book Design: Influences of Art, Design, Theory and Technology on Book Design for Mass Market. She has also had her works published in Print magazine, Designer magazine, and How Magazine. Her work has been exhibited at the headquarters of the American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA) in New York City and included in the Collection of Artists Books at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. During her career, Professor Crandall worked for a series of firms based in Erie beginning as a graphics designer for Silk Screen Unlimited, followed by assistant art director at Gwynn Advertising, graphic designer at GraphicWorks, and art director at Jack O’Brien Advertising. In 1986 she joined Edinboro University as a temporary instructor, and became a full-time member of the faculty in 1989 where she teaches today in the field of Graphic & Interactive Design at the rank of Full Professor.

Francis Demaskefdemaske@edinboro.edu

Francis Demaske is an Associate Professor of Art (Graphic Design + Illustration) who has been teaching at Edinboro University since 1991. He received his MFA in Graphic Design + Illustration from Kent State University in 1992, and his BFA in Graphic Design + Illustration from Kent State University in 1989. Prior to his appointment at Edinboro University, Professor Demaske taught at Kent State University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant from 1989 to 1991. In addition, Francis Demaske received AAA and AAB from Lakeland Community College in 1984 and 1985 respectively. Francis has been involved in the visual communication field since 1983. He was employed by the City of Euclid from 1983 to 1986 as a Designer and Illustrator. From 1986 until 1996, he was a partner in Demaske & DeWine Design, Inc., a design firm that specialized in commercial redevelopment projects and environmental graphics. He continues to contract design and illustration projects.

Brigette Davittbmarshala@edinboro.edu

Brigette Davitt is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design who has been teaching at Edinboro University since 2008. She received her MFA in Graphic and Interactive Design from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in 2007, and her BFA in Applied Media Arts from Edinboro University in 2003. Prior to her appointment at Edinboro, she taught the Graphic Design Summer Art Workshop at Temple University Japan (Tokyo) and as an Adjunct Professor and Graduate Assistant at Tyler School of Art, Temple University (Philadelphia). Brigette serves as Education Chair on the Board of the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Pittsburgh chapter and holds membership in the AFNWPA (Advertising Federation of Northwest Pennsylvania). Her professional practice includes research, contract design and consultations for various clients as well as service donations to numerous non-profit organizations. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been published in Graphis, HOW, Creative Quarterly, and CMYK.

cass reeseCass Reesecreese@edinboro.edu

Cassandra Reese is an Instructor of Graphic & Interactive design that has been teaching at Edinboro University since 2013. In 2017, she earned an MFA in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She received a BFA in Applied Media Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design in 2006 and an MA in Art Education in 2011 from Edinboro University. While pursuing her MFA, she also taught as an instructor of Graphic Design at Kent State University. She has taught courses including web design, motion design, graphic design history, principles of graphic design, visual design literacy, typography, graphic design software, 3D design (packaging, environmental graphic design), and design practicum. Cass worked as a web designer for the Erie-based advertising agency, BENSUR Creative Marketing Group, from 2006–09. In this position, she designed, developed and maintained clients websites using knowledge of HTML and CSS. She interned at Fortune Small Business Magazine in New York in 2005. From 2011–17, she was the art teacher for a summer program for ESL students in grade 1-8 culminating in collaborative mural projects. In 2015, she developed and taught a graphic design summer program at EU for students in grades 7–10. Her research interests revolve around the connection between mindfulness and design and recently focused on the relationship between breathing and rhythmic visualizations. Recent projects include graduate design research with NASA, personal design research rooted in motion and mindful design and graphic and interactive projects including the opening and closing credits for the animated short film, Mni Wiconi, which was directed and animated by Professor Michael Genz of EU.

News and Events

8th Annual Graphic Design Senior Show


The Reception is March 2nd 4-6 p.m., Brett Yasko (adjunct faculty from Carnegie Mellon Design) is our guest juror and will be lecturering March 2nd at 8 p.m., Doucette Hall 119.

Virgil Marti


The Art Department will host Visiting Artist Virgil Marti on March 31st. He creates hybrid objects and environments informed by a wide range of art-historical and pop-cultural references. Known for inserting high décor into fine art contexts, his installations are rich in humor, and shrewd observation. He will be giving a lecture in Doucette Hall 119 on Thursday, March 31st at 7:30 p.m.


November 9: Jessie Stehle
Edinboro Design Alumna/Associate User Experience Researcher at Fitbit - Jessie Stehle will be presenting an informal lecture about her life after Edinboro, and discuss important issues that will help students to enter the professional world of design. The presentation will be held on November 9th at 6 PM in Douchette 124.



October 17: Chimera XIII Soiree
The Chimera Soiree at the Erie Art Museum is Sunday, November 21st at 6 PM. Tickets will be sold in Doucette the weeks of the 9-12 and 16-19, and at the door ($5 in advance and $7 at the door). > More Info



March 31: Virgil Marti
The Art Department will host Visiting Artist Virgil Marti on March 31st. He creates hybrid objects and environments informed by a wide range of art-historical and pop-cultural references. Known for inserting high décor into fine art contexts, his installations are rich in humor, and shrewd observation. He will be giving a lecture in Doucette Hall 119 on Thursday, March 31st at 7:30 p.m.


Chimera XIII: HOW 2015 International Design Competition
Edinboro University's award-winning journal of literature and art, Chimera XIII, has received a Merit Award in the HOW 2015 International Design Competition.

Exhibition: G&ID

March 1: 8th Annual Senior G&ID Design Exhibition
The 8th Annual Senior Graphic & Interactive Design Exhibition will run March 1-6 in the second floor vestibule of Doucette Hall. Opening reception will be held on March 2 from 4-6 p.m. Guest juror Brett Yasko will lecture on Wednesday, March 2 at 8 p.m. in Doucette Hall 119.

Exhibition: Fine Arts

November 11: The American Landscape
Bruce Gallery's Alternate Visions, the invited curator series, presents "The American Landscape," works selected by Judy Barie from Edinboro University's Permanent Collection.

A reception will be held Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 5-7 p.m.


Careers in G&ID

Most Graphic Designers earn bachelors degrees comprised heavily of design coursework, as well as liberal arts instruction. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accredits Edinboro University. To obtain employment, students must have artistic capacity, understand design processes, develop creative solutions to problem solving, have strong verbal, visual and written communication skills, be computer literate, manage time to meet strict deadlines, and possess an impressive professional portfolio of student work. Graphic designers produce designs that use images and words to visually communicate ideas and information.

Working to a 'design brief' they design and develop print for corporate identity systems, packaging, posters, publications, books, magazines and newspapers, signage, environmental graphics, exhibition design, branding, type design, and electronic media for mobile aps, blogs, portable devices, electronic publications, video entertainment media, television and film credits, captions and websites. They are employed by highly creative organizations like design firms, advertising agencies, publishers, newspapers, printers, non-profits, in-house departments, museums, or freelance, in positions such as Print Production Designer, Junior Designer, Graphic Designer, Senior Designer, Art Director, Creative Director, Web Designer, Motion Designer, UI/UX Designer, or Interactive Designer.



Job Opportunities

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Pete Golibersuch
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JP Spanbauer
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Larry Geiger
Graphic Designer
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Lisa Krowinski
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Bill Krowinski
Graphic Designer
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Brian Cubarney
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Gage Salzano
Graphic Designer
Chicago, IL

Matt Blaisdell
Web Designer
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Laura Hersh
Freelance Designer
Cotton Bureau
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Gage Wright
Still Alive Clothing

Jordan Cowan
Graphic Designer
Quest Healthcare
Pittsburgh, PA

Dean Liebau
Graphic Designer
Small Dog
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Andrew Considine
Junior Designer
Knurling LLC
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Emir Bukva
Founder/ Creative Director
New York, NY

For Students


The Graphic and Interactive Design curriculum provides a strategic sequence of courses for the design major. Each level of study builds upon the last, beginning with an introduction to the Adobe Suite (used by design professionals) freshman year and ending with the senior capstone course. Intermediate and advanced coursework offers studies in typography, branding, interactive design, publication design, packaging design, illustration, and design history and theory. Advanced students work with real-world clients in a studio setting, and have the opportunity to intern off-campus with design professionals.

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Course List

ART258 Graphic Design Software
ART310 Principles of Graphic Design
ART305 Typography I
ART303 Illustration I
ART310 Typography II
ART326 Interactive I: Web Design
ART327 Corporate Identity
ART393 Illustration II
ART430 Interactive II: Motion Graphics
ART431 Movements in Graphic Design
ART432 Publication Design
ART433 Advanced Interactive Design
ART434 Packaging Design
ART489 Design Practicum
ART499 Senior Projects in GD

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Minor In G&ID

Prerequisites: Art Major
A. Required Courses (18 sem. hrs.)
ART101 Two-Dimensional Design (3)
ART258 Graphic Design Software (3)
ART301 Principles of Graphic Design (3)
ART305 Typography I (3)
ART316 Typography II (3)
ART326 Interactive I or ART430 Interactive II (3)
B. One of the following (3 sem. hrs.)
ART326 Interactive I (3)
ART327 Corporate Identity (3)
ART430 Interactive II (3)
ART432 Publication Design (3)

TOTAL 21 sem. hrs.


This is a blog for students to explore the world of graphic design. The Edinboro University graphic design faculty share their knowledge, findings, thoughts and experiences to provide inspiration and insight. Hopefully these resources will endlessly benefit design students and anyone else out in the world interested in the graphic design field.

The Early Kerner


Students in the Graphic & Interactive Design program at Edinboro University will be required to apply for Candidacy during their sophomore year. Students will have completed the art foundation courses, Graphic Design Software and will be enrolled in the Principles of Graphic Design along with Type I. Candidacy will be granted based on grades received in their completed art courses and a visual assessment of work submitted by students. In addition, students will be required to submit a written statement expressing their educational and professional goals. At the time of Candidacy, students will also declare their intentions on whether to pursue a Print or Interactive track. Candidacy will be conducted during the fall semester and assessments will be made by the current Graphic + Interactive Design faculty. If granted Candidacy, students will be permitted to enroll in the next sequence of Graphic & Interactive Design courses.

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Call For Entries



Open to all undergraduate art majors enrolled in Spring 2016 semester with 90 + earned credits.

Each artist must submit an artist’s statement (500 words or less) and three original pieces of artwork created within the past two years. This work must be representative of the body of work that the artist, if chosen, would display in their own small solo exhibition to be held among a group of finalists in the Bruce Gallery.*

Thursday, December 3 from 6pm–10pm in Doucette 124.

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