Alyssa is a 2011 graduate of Judson University, and is currently a Product  Designer at Eight Bit Studios in downtown Chicago. She has also worked for The Office of Experience, Creative Group, Devbridge Group, Two by Four, Brainlab and Glamour Magazine, and was named the AIGA Emerging Designer Award recipient in 2016. Outside of work, Alyssa is an active thought leader in the design community. Aside from being a part of Judson's Art + Design mentor program, you can find her speaking at Stevenson High School (class of ’07), and She Says Chicago – an award-winning organization running free mentorship and events for women in 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 Graphic Design program, “Judson has been tremendously influential for me... Read more

Sarah graduated from Judson in 2004, and immediately went to Columbia College Chicago for an MFA in Photography. She then spent the following 10 years as an adjunct at several colleges in the Chicago area including Judson University. She is currently working as a Photo Equipment Circulation Manager in the Photo Department of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Here Sarah manages 50 student workers between three Media Centers. As a part of the Photo Department staff, Sarah is an advocate for purchasing photography equipment that will support the curriculum as well as keep SAIC in line with industry standards. Outside of SAIC, Sarah is a Fine Art Photographer making images that focus on identity. On her Judson education Sarah says, “Judson equipped me with the tools to work hard and continually motivate myself with my personal practice by asking myself, ‘What if…’.... 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's Studio Art program in 2006 and later ventured into the world of art education. Her experience at Judson developed her view of the artists' role in the world and society, and instilled a passion for connecting local communities to the arts. Beginning with internships in college, Natalie contributed to public art projects and events in Elgin and Chicago, which deepened her conviction that the arts can make a tangible difference in people's lives. Impassioned by a eagerness to share her enthusiasm for art, creative problem-solving and critical  thinking, Natalie returned to her alma mater to become a certified art educator in 2009. She is now entering her seventh 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 students. For her, it feels like an... Read more

Collin graduated from Judson's Graphic Design program in 2011, and is currently 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 + 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

Brittany is a 2013 graduate of the Judson's Graphic Design program, and currently works on the design team at Leo Burnett, a global advertising company with clients such as Samsung, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, GM, and McDonald's. Brittany previously worked as a designer for Tyndale House Publishers, the world's largest privately held Christian publisher of books and Bibles. She got connected to Tyndale by interning there while at Judson, and then was offered a job as she approached graduation, the dream transition for a student trying to land their first professional job. Since graduation, Brittany has also enjoyed using her talents to work on freelance projects for various clients including Word Entertainment in Nashville. She keeps busy by staying heavily involved in the Chicago design community and AIGA, through which she joined a mentor group that gathers weekly for studio... Read more

Jason S. Thompson is a 2005 graduate of Judson University, where he double majored in Graphic Design and Studio Art.  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, Bud Light,... Read more

Jeff Stein graduated from Judson in 2013, and is currently a designer at VSA Partners, an award winning design firm based in Chicago, who’s clients include IBM, Nike, and Harley Davidson. Since graduating, Jeff has also had the opportunity to do freelance work for clients such as Patagonia and Awana. While he was a student at Judson, Jeff interned at Fallon, an advertising agency in Minneapolis. At Fallon, Jeff helped with the rebranding of H&R Block. Of his Judson education Jeff says, “Judson’s design program gave me a solid foundation that was essential for launching my career in design. From the basics of drawing and design to critical thinking and presenting my work, Judson gave me an excellent education. The professors really care about their students and want them to succeed.” Check out out Jeff’s work via his website... 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

Rachel Baranski graduated from Judson's Studio Art program in 2007. 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  pre-requisites for graduate school in psychology. 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

Roger graduated from Judson on December 2009 with a BA in Studio Art, and went on to earn an MFA in Illustration from the Savanna College of Art and Design. Since his time at Judson, he's 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... Read more

Alessandra graduated in 2012 with a major in Graphic Design and a minor in Worship Arts. She currently works in Seattle both as a freelancer and as a photographer for Alessandra Arendt Photography. Previously, Alessandra was a visual designer for Zillow, where she helped define their new branding and developed graphics for blogs, advertising, events, and social media. Stand out projects included design work for a conversation between President Obama and Zillow’s CEO about the housing market, as well as design support for Zillow’s partnership with the NBC show “American Dream Builders”. It’s pretty exciting to have designs reviewed by the White House! Alessandra has also worked for Electric Pen, whose clients include REI, Inphi, Microsoft, and Juniper Networks. Her favorite thing about being a full-time photographer is bringing joy to others by sharing stories of their most... Read more

Jen graduated from Judson's Graphic Design program in 2012. 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 and 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 and I am... Read more

Jeremy Spyridon graduated from Judson in 2007. He is currently the Design Manager at Porch, a home management platform based in Seattle. Partnering with the product and engineering teams, he leads the design team towards creating a product that helps homeowners maintain and improve their homes. Jeremy previously worked for a startup called Lively, who partnered with artists to record and deliver live shows to fans through a mobile app. Before that he lead a team of designers at Electric Pen, developing print and digital marketing assets for professional services firms around the world. Of his Judson education, Jeremy says, “Judson challenged me to be a leader. Not just on campus or in the classroom, but in our discipline. It was here that I first considered the weight of our craft - the restoration of our world through problem solving. From products to brands to cities - it is our... 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

Christina Malik is the in-house Lead Designer and Photographer at Ritual, a transparent vitamin and habit company based in Los Angeles, CA. After graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design from Judson University in 2016, she moved to New York City where she worked for Perry Ellis International, supporting their New York and Miami offices as their Graphic and Product Designer. She has also worked as a freelance designer and photographer with artists, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and companies, including collaborations with Icelandic visual artist Andrea Maack, Danish based skincare company, Nuori, and local LA based candle connoisseurs, Boy... Read more

Amanda Muhlena Hays graduated from Judson in 2015 with a degree in Art, and is currently an MFA candidate in Studio Art at American University in Washington, D.C. One of the most important lessons she learned at Judson is that perseverance and hard work usually precede inspiration. It is rarely the other way around. She faces this “creative fear” by regularly showing up for her studio practice, because it is there - in the creative trenches - where inspiration is cultivated. Amanda is grateful to be in the nation’s capital as she works out her role and responsibility as an artist in the tumultuous societal and political climate we find ourselves in... Read more

Conrad Egyir (b. 1989 in Accra, Ghana) received a B.A. from Judson University, Elgin, IL for Studio Art (2015) and an M.F.A in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills, MI (2018). He has been an artist in residence at Talking Dolls in Detorit, MI (2017). Conrad also taught art and basic elementary education in Ghana prior to his migration. During his graduate education he worked as an art instructor with a ArtRoad, a nonprofit organization sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, that revives art education in Detroit public schools where it was once deprogrammed due to lack of... Read more

Ben Puffer is an independent graphic designer working on identities, illustrations, and cultural projects. He has previously worked with NY based studios Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv, Gretel, Sibling/Rivalry, and Mackey Saturday. From the Hoosier state, he now works and lives in Brooklyn, New... Read more

Sarah is a native of suburban Chicago who is inspired by the therapeutic benefits of combining powerful imagery and typographic play. While pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design Judson University, she nurtured her love of art history and culture by studying abroad in Italy and traveling throughout Europe. Sarah is now a designer at... Read more

Natalia graduated from Judson in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design. She currently works as a graphic designer for the Willow Creek Association, a nonprofit organization in South Barrington, IL dedicated to equipping leaders to transform their communities. In addition, Natalia is committed to freelancing with cause-based organizations on a mission to do good. Outside work, Natalia continues her involvement with the Chicago design community and AIGA that began at Judson. To view Natalia's work, visit... Read more