Alyssa is a 2011 graduate of Judson University. She is currently a Senior Designer for the Office of Experience in downtown Chicago. OX is a performance driven experience design firm, focused on helping brands evolve to meet new demands through strategy, user experience and visual design. Previously, she worked at Devbridge Group, Two by Four, Brainlab and Glamour Magazine. Outside of work, Alyssa is actively involved with the design community through thought leadership. Aside from being a part of Judson's mentor program, you can find her speaking at Stevenson High School (class of ’07), She Says Chicago – an award-winning organization running free mentorship and events to women in the creative and marketing businesses. Alyssa is also a portfolio reviewer for AIGA and previously part of Thirst's Moving Design Sustainable Living initiative. Thoughts on Judson’s Visual... Read more

Darren Wilson discovered his passion for writing at Judson University; he pursued a Master’s degree in screenwriting and returned to Judson as a professor and filmmaker.  With the success of his first documentary film, Finger of God, Darren founded Wanderlust Productions.  Now based in South Carolina, Wanderlust has produced a series of documentary films including Furious Love and Father of Lights that Darren describes as “God adventures.”  His film Holy Ghost features interviews on the movement of God’s spirit with Lenny Kravitz, Michael W. Smith, and Phil Vischer.  Devon Franklin, VP of Production at Columbia Pictures, calls him “one of the most innovative filmmakers and authors of faith... Read more

We’d like to introduce you to Ben Krogh. Ben graduated from Judson in 2011. He is currently a designer for The Brigade, a design collective located in the St. John’s neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. Approaching design through critical thinking, problem solving and research, Ben loves design and he sees it as a vehicle to better the world around him. He’s worked with large brands such as Spotify and small startups like Chirpify and Menuish. He’s also had his work featured on sites like Smashing Magazine, The Next Web, and TechCruch. Of his Judson education Ben says, “Judson gave me an incredible set of tools that enabled me to be successful in the design industry. Being able to draw, design, and speak professionally about my work equipped me to become a valued asset to my firm, and in turn helps my colleagues trust me to do good work. Not only did Judson give me a... Read more

Natalie Shadel graduated from Judson in 2006 with an Art: Pre-Master's degree and took a slight detour into the world of art education. Her experience at Judson was formational in developing her view of an artists' role in the world and community, creating a passion for connecting the community to the arts to make a difference. Beginning with internships that started in college, Natalie contributed to public art projects and events in Elgin and Chicago that deepened her desire to be a connector for art and community. Impassioned by a eagerness to share her enthusiasm for art, creative problem-solving and critical  thinking, Natalie returned to her alma mater to become certified to teach art in 2009. She is now entering her fifth year teaching art to 6th-8th graders at Dundee Middle School where she is excited about teaching the gravity and potential of art and art-making to... Read more

Jason S. Thompson is a 2005 graduate of Judson University, where he double majored in Visual Communications and Art: Pre-Masters.  These days you will find him working as the Senior Creative Manager for Brainlab, where he provides creative direction for the company and manages 7 graphic designers, multimedia developers and illustrators in Chicago, IL and Munich, Germany while splitting his time between the two locations. Prior to this position, Jason started out as the Graphics Manager for Thomas the Tank Engine and Bob the Builder toy lines (and became the coolest uncle ever as a result), then worked with a number of companies (including Brainlab) as an in-house Graphic Designer/Manager until choosing to pursue freelance design on his own. During that time he worked on a number of high-level brands such as Jameson, Absolut, Kahlua, Corona Light, Sears, GE, Hasbro, Star Wars, UFC,... Read more

Collin Koetz graduated from Judson in 2011 with a degree in Visual Communications. Currently, he is a designer for Remedy, a branding agency in Chicago, which services a range of health systems, health products, and health industries clientele. At Remedy, Collin’s expertise has allowed him to be involved in the creation of brand strategies, brand collateral, environmental applications, as well as digital solutions. On his time at Judson, Collin says,“ Judson’s art and design program gave me the abilities to become an asset to a creative team right out of school. In addition, Judson gave me an appreciation for learning on my own outside of academia which has helped me to develop new skills and has made me a bigger asset in the creative industry.” You can see more of Collin's work... Read more

Rachel Baranski graduated from Judson in 2007 with a degree in Art: Pre-Masters. With an understanding of the therapeutic qualities of making art from the many hours she spent in the studio combined with a desire to help others, she spent the next few years working while earning the pre-requisites for graduate school. In 2012 she graduated with a Master’s in Art Therapy Counseling from Marylhurst University, just outside Portland, OR. Since then she has moved back to the Midwest and is an Art Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Illinois. She has experience using art in the therapeutic context with adults with substance abuse disorders, older adults in a skilled nursing facility, and children & adolescents with behavioral and mental health disorders in an outpatient setting. In regards to her time at Judson, she shares “I learned how influential Art &... Read more

Did you know this website was designed and developed by Judson Art & Design alumni? Let us introduce you to the guys that made it happen. Meet Brock Henderson ’03 (top left) and Brenden Jones ’04 (bottom right). These guys along with some other alumni (Joel Brown ’05 (middle left), Aaron Wood ’07 (bottom left), Sean Coté ’07 (middle right), and Adam Buchweitz ’09 (top right)), own and operate both Paper Tower and Elevate Entertainment. Paper Tower is a design studio that specializes in branding, print, and web solutions. They have a long list of clients in a variety of industries, and handle everything from logo development and branding to the creation of websites. When they aren’t bringing beautiful design to the world, these guys are busy designing and building games for the mobile marketplace. Elevate Entertainment, their indie game studio, is their outlet to take play... Read more

Jen graduated from Judson in 2012 with a degree in Visual Communications. She has had the privilege of working for Tyndale House Publishers as a book and Bible designer for the past three years. From concept to cover to printer, she gets to bring books and Bibles to life with the help of a solid in-house design team whose primary focus is collaboration and a winning final product. She also enjoys working on both freelance and personal projects on the side. Jen is part of the Alumni Mentoring program and enjoys keeping ties with Judson's Department of Art & Design. Judson's Art & Design Department taught me a lot about collaboration, hard work, and the importance of starting over on something multiple times, if that's what is necessary. I really learned to strive for quality in all things, from process to presentation. To this day, I revisit so much of what I learned at Judson... Read more

Roger graduated from Judson on December 2009 with a BA in Studio Art. After Judson he worked for the Art Department at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa, assisting with drawing and painting classes, then as graphic designer for the local newspaper where he soon became a full time photographer. In 2013 he was awarded several honors for his photographs, including “Best Breaking News Photo” and “Best Sports Photo.”  Today he works as the coordinator for international and multicultural students at Ellsworth Community College. He believes this is where God wants him, helping students with their career paths and impacting in their personal lives. Roger says that, "Serving has been a big part of my life as a Christian and what better way to do that than in this position." He also continues to work as a freelance artist, designer and photographer. His works include children books... Read more