CCS: Communication Design (Graphic Design) Programs


James Houff

Adjunct Faculty

After receiving his master’s degree in 1980 in design from Cranbrook Academy of Art, James Houff immediately began designing for the screen.

 Since that time he has received more than 200 design awards in print, motion graphic and scenic design. His work has appeared in numerous design annuals over the years and in some of the most progressive graphic design books of our day including "Cranbrook Design: the New Discourse," "New Typographics,"  "New Typographics Two" and "The Graphic Edge," to name a few. He coauthored and designed a book on motion graphics titled: "On Screen In Time, Transitions in Motion Graphic Design for Film, Television and New Media," published by Rotovision. He has been honored by the AIGA, the ACD, the New York Type Directors Club, ICOGRADA, the BDA and The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (9 local Emmys) among others.

Houff has taught as a visiting designer at both University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Graphic Design Department at the College for Creative Studies.  As a founding member of the Detroit chapter of AIGA, he has served as both the treasurer and president. While a board member of The Broadcast Designers Association International (BDA), he also served as co-chair of the annual BDA seminar.

Holding the title of design director, Houff currently is affiliated with WDIV/TV, a Post-Newsweek Station in Detroit, Michigan.