Lemon Balm product design by Claire Conway

THIS YEAR MARKS THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY of Seattle Pacific’s degree in visual communication design, which has graduated a diverse group of designers, illustrators, photographers, and artists. SPU visual communication graduates have gone on to work for such corporations as Microsoft, Nordstrom, Google, Meta, Netflix, Zoom, Amazon, and Disney.

“Design is a technical field, and many professionals work fully remote, so we simulated a professional workspace [during the pandemic],” said Karen Gutowsky-Zimmerman, chair and program director of SPU’s Art Department and professor of visual communication design. “They honestly did not miss a beat. The students were able to produce apps, motion graphics, data information design, packaging design, and websites.”

View some visual communication design work from the Class of 2022.

Visual Communication design work from the Class of 2022


Bison Vintage
Blake Peterson
Peterson worked on this logo design project using a Bison logo-icon created from a single geometric shape and informed by an exploration of vintage clothing culture.


MOME conference 
Ivy Nguyen
Nguyen’s task was to create a conference poster, banners, a mobile app, and marketing products for a three-day motion-design conference.


Mental health disparities in racial minorities
Theresa Nguyen
Nguyen’s infographic uses visuals to illustrate how racial minorities receive unequal access to mental health care.



Bevida Coffee
Lily Morgan, project lead
Brand identity design for SPU’s Social Venture Plan Competition in 2021. Proposed venture Bevida Coffee provides training, employment,
and access to permanent housing for those living in homeless shelters.


Minimum wage
Caitlyn Olexer
Olexer created an infographic for a “wicked problem,” defined as a social or cultural issue that is deeply complex and difficult to solve. Her topic was living on a minimum wage.

Header image design by Claire Conway

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