Communication designers are interdisciplinary by nature. We make things that you see, read, touch, and experience every day. Our visual messages can live on a static page, a dynamic screen, or a user interface.
Emily Tinklenberg, “The Self” Motion Design; Animation; Typography; Sound; Mixed Media Collage
Josh Krauth-Harding, Print, typography
Our Communication Design curriculum is graphic design made dynamic. Our projects start with research that helps students make informed choices with the end-user in mind. We dig deep to find the answers and sometimes we end up with better questions.
Things here can get messy, but in the end, we get it right, because we have the ability to make books, packaging, brand identities, magazines, way-finding systems, websites, mobile apps, UxD, movie title sequences, and exhibition spaces. Many of our projects connect with collaborative partnerships in the areas of architectural interior spaces, urban planning, mobility, and social practice.
From research projects move into ideation, where we play with the ideas, messaging, meaning, in order to get the concept just right. Now the fun begins, we visualize our ideas in a variety of ways, iterating in order to try, test, fail, and eventually succeed.
CCS/CD students are in high demand here and abroad because leaders and they can think, make, & play – which is innovation at its core.
We are different. In the best possible way.
Graduates work for global brands, including Adidas, Adobe, And/Or, Apple, Artifact, Buzzfeed, Carhartt, Converse, Czarnowski, Facebook, Ford Motor Co., General Motors, Good Done Daily, Google, Grand Army, Hobbes, Hook, L/A, Lego, Microsoft, Moosejaw, One Design Studio, Pentagram, Rivian, Schema, Shinola, Sonos, SPAN, Stiletto, UM, @Walsh, and 2 x 4. The department has a high post-graduate employment rate, and because of our curriculum, they have many professional options.
Our CD Alumni are entrepreneurs. After years of honing their professional careers, many go on to opening their own design studios across the country and the globe, including Los Angeles, New York City, UK and right here in Detroit.
Digital Content Manager
Interactive Art Director
Mobile Media Designer
Motion Graphic Designer
Multimedia Graphic Designer
Social Media Digital Designer
Social Media Director
User Experience Designer
User Interface Designer
Web/Mobile Media Designer
Senior UX Designer
Head of Design
Co-Founder & Creative Director
Senior Experience Designer
Senior Creative Manager
2 x 4
Wieden + Kennedy
Mercedes Benz Financial Services
Latch + Associates
George P. Johnson
The Works Department
Good Done Daily
In The News
Fred Moss, CCS Communications Design alumnus and Graphic Designer at Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Int’l (FMA), was recently featured in the Daily Herald out of Chicago for his series of landscapes depicting the beauty of the American National Parks.