Defiance College graphic design students take influential role in shaping the future

June 30, 2021

DEFIANCE, Ohio - Defiance College students demonstrated the importance of what it means to be a citizen graphic designer at the 2021 McMaster School symposium and academic colloquium. Graphic design students Chyanne Cameron, Stryker, Ohio; Jordan Williams, Osseo, Mich.; Steve Lucas, Warren, Mich.; Bennett Pack, Glasgow, Ky.; and Seth Yenser, Payne, Ohio, presented live to a virtual audience from the Defiance College Women's Commission Gallery where their projects were on display.

The "Design Makes a Difference" presentations carried a universal theme of social and community design. Each student addressed an issue that was personal to them. Topics varied from the stigmatization of mental illness impacting youth to the lack of emotional support provided to nursing home residents during the pandemic. Final projects reflected research, design thinking, and strategic problem solving, as well as individual voice and creativity.

Assistant Professor of Design Beverly Fanning served as faculty supervisor and panel moderator. "The graphic design program at Defiance College prepares students to take an influential role in shaping graphic design practice," Fanning stated. "This includes design that not only drives business, but also serves the community. It is a special moment when a student discovers greater purpose in their work. As a DC graduate, I am confident each student will continue to use their education to positively influence the world around them."

Chartered in 1850, Defiance College is an independent, liberal arts-based institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The College is guided by the four pillars of its mission: To Know, To Understand, To Lead, and To Serve. The College website is