The Graphic Design program at College of DuPage strives to prepare students for the real world. Many of our students receive scholarships to transfer to a four-year school, while others hit the ground running with paid internships and full-time jobs. Listed below are several College of DuPage Graphic Design alumni that are having success after completing our program.
Melissa Leide is a highly motivated individual that uses the challenges in life as stepping stones to be a better designer. Having encountered many obstacles, she has fought to pursue her love for graphic design because she believes that without passion and without goals, life is meaningless.
Her passion for design stems from layout design for both print
and web. Although, her guilty pleasure is creating vector artwork by using organic shapes and line to form intricate patterns and designs. More recently, she has found a love for illustration and is working to develop these skills every chance she gets.
As an adolescent and to this day, all Melissa has ever wanted is to make a difference. She has committed to doing this through graphic design by not following in the footsteps of the designers that came before her, but rather leading the industry to new and exciting places. View Melissa's portfolio at melissaleide.com.
Meghan Thome turned her love of drawing and doodling into a passion for graphic design. As the student worker in the Graphic Design department and the Adobe Partners by Design student representative, she became as involved as she could in order to learn the ins and outs of design. Meghan was recognized through several awards including Outstanding Graduate for the College of DuPage Class of 2013 and Best Portfolio at Portfolio Night 2013. (She also designed the identity for this event.) She helped to encourage creativity outside of the classroom as a board member of AIGA Student Group and was the brainchild behind the department's first illustration zine, Brain Flower (brainflowerzine.com).
A former elementary school teacher, Meghan loves children's books and plans to make several of her own. She loves to create hand drawn type and has recently fell in love with watercolors. Meghan currently works at Cubicle Ninjas, a design firm started by College of DuPage alum, Josh Farkas. Check out her online portfolio at meghanthome.com.
Angela Dygdon is a versatile graphic designer with a unique ability to adapt a variety styles to accommodate the requests of clients. She loves to problem solve design solutions as well as create her own detailed illustrations.
During her time as a student in the Graphic Design program she was able to turn her love of art into a new career by interpreting her creativity and problem solving skills digitally. She earned honorable mentions at Portfolio Night 2011 and 2013 and her design was chosen as the cover for College of DuPage’s yearly anthology collection “Essai” for 2012-2013. She was also published as a featured artist in the first edition of the Brain Flower Zine.
Angela is currently working as a Marketing and Graphic Design Intern for Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry as well as running her own freelance graphic design business. Have a look at her online portfolio at adygdon.com.
Zach Mory is a designer and artist and yes, it’s totally ok to be both. After finishing his MFA in art from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2008 with an emphasis in drawing, Zach enrolled in COD’s graphic design program in 2010 where he learned to take his obsessive mark-making sensibility and turn it into thoughtful, well-crafted design. Zach is proud to say that he can now wear both hats: that of an artist constantly pushing his own body of work forward and that of a designer making awesome identity design and illustrations for his clients.
On top of design and art Zach loves to dabble in website design and has written a strange, little illustrated book entitled “Danny’s World” where he was able to combine his passion for illustration, writing, and layout into one giant undertaking. Zach was honored to be recognized at Portfolio Night 2013 for having won Best Portfolio and Best Illustration and is nothing but thankful for the skills he learned and the fantastic designers and faculty he met during his time at COD. Be on the lookout for many, many great design and art projects coming from his corner in the future, as Zach basically does anything in his power to stay in a constant state of creative activity at all times. You can view Zach’s design portfolio at zachmorydesign.com and can also check out his fine art portfolio at zachmory.com.
Ryan's passion for design can only be matched by his boundless energy. He enjoys many creative outlets including graphic/web design, photography, songwriting, and drawing. He shows much versatility as a designer and specializes in design that is visually grabbing. While at COD, Ryan received several honorable mentions at Portfolio Night 2010/2011, was the AIGA Student Group VP, and designed for the Graphic Design program (Including this website). Ryan is currently attending school at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design on a Presidential Scholarship. Be sure to check out Ryan's Portfolio Site and his Design Blog.
Rocio is a multi-talented graphic designer with a style that features brilliant use of pattern and imagery. She brings an organic variety to her work while keeping it clean and aesthetically pleasing. While at COD, she won multiple awards at the 2011 Portfolio Night (including Best Portfolio), designed the DuPage Art League’s website, and developed the unique identity for the 2011 Portfolio Night. Rocio is currently is working at a design firm called Cubicle Ninjas - run by COD alumni, Josh Farkas.
Simply Erika is a "very bright" graphic designer, illustrator and web designer in Aurora, IL. She won "Best Portfolio" at 2009 Portfolio Night, and is currently the Marketing Graphic Designer at Fox Valley Park District.
As a fan of the magical girl genre, Erika Swanson translated her love of Japanese art and fantasy storytelling into Bellossoms, a coming-of-age children's tale about blooming in new places.
Phil is an accomplished and driven designer, with a passion for unique and clever concepts. In addition to acting as AIGA student group president and the Adobe Student Rep at COD, Phil also worked as an intern in the marketing department of Harper College while at COD. Phil received several honors including an honorable mention in the Ravinia 2011 Poster Design contest, several honorable mentions at Portfolio Night, and winner of the Spring 2011 Best New Ad Competition. Phil is currently attending the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design where he received their Presidential Scholarship.
Paul is a well-versed graphic designer who got his start at College of DuPage. He won "Best Portfolio" at 2008 Portfolio Night and moved on to shine at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in Wisconsin. Upon graduating, Paul was offered a full-time position working for Kohl’s doing Web and mobile device design, user interface design, and campaign strategy. Be sure to check out his Portfolio Site.
Grace is a designer whose work has an unmistakably original and pleasing quality to it. Her expert use of traditional media and handcrafted paper makes her work come to life. Grace received a scholarship to attend the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and is finishing up her bachelor’s degree there. Grace currently has a paid internship at a local design agency, and her work has been featured on QuiteStrong.com. Swing by Grace's Portfolio Site and check out her creations for yourself.
Josh is a College of Dupage alumni that truly hit the ground running. He has illustrated twelve children's books, written and self-published two independent graphic novels, and founded (and sold) multiple internet start-ups. He currently owns his own design firm called Cubicle Ninjas. You can find out more about Josh and his creative endeavors here.
Dave is a multi-talented designer who is well versed in graphic design, photography, music, and many other creative outlets. He has a passion for design, and it shows in his work is. He is constantly looking for ways to be inspired and always looks to offer a fresh approach on a creative solution. Dave finished his Degree at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design where he received a scholarship and a BFA. Dave is now a UX artist at Filament Games, an educational video games company. Check out his portfolio site and his blog for the latest on Dave.
Alex is a designer whose work clearly shows the amount of thought and care that he puts into design. Alex has a unique illustrative style, good presentation aesthetics, and top-notch design skills. Alex received multiple awards in the 2010 Portfolio Night at College of DuPage including Best portfolio. Be sure to stop by Alex’s Portfolio Site.
Natalie's design aesthetic is well grounded in her drawing/fine art abilities. The work that Natalie puts out often has a unique hand-drawn quality that gives it a friendly and casual feel. Her drawing ability also allows a lot of versatility in her designs ranging from well-crafted logos to stunningly complex illustrations. Natalie is continuing her education at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Colorado where she received a scholarship.