Ohio State Design Alumni

The Department of Design is very proud of our fifty years of alumni! We love being part of the dynamic Ohio State University community, and the flourishing city of Columbus. We know that we would not enjoy our strong reputation and on-going success without you… so we want to know what is going on with you and would love to let you know more about what is going on with us!

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We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Department of Design on October 4-6, 2018!

The legacy of our programs will be honored with a range of events that includes a major exhibition at the Urban Arts Space to visualize the department’s history and celebrate the careers of some of our most distinguished alumni. We will also celebrate the thriving design community of Columbus with a design firm tour and rolling reception, and we will celebrate being Buckeyes together at a special tailgate event before the Homecoming football game on Saturday!  There will be fun to be had for young, old and everyone in between, so please plan to join us!

Thursday, October 4th

Welcome Event: “The Future of Design” Lecture and Panel Discussion

Please join us for a stimulating lecture and panel discussion on the future of design at 5:30 pm in the Barnett Theatre in Sullivant Hall on the Ohio State campus. Professor Lorraine Justice, former dean of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology and Industrial Design Society of America Fellow, will engage us with provocative findings from her upcoming book entitled The Future of Design. Justice is an alumnus of the Department of Design and she served on the faculty from 1988-2000. She was its chairperson between 1997 and 1999. A panel of alumni will provide comments and insights based on Justice’s message. 

A casual alumni meet-up will take place at Land-Grant Brewing Company (424 West Town Street) following the welcome event!

Friday, October 5th

Columbus Design Crawl

A first-of-its-kind Columbus Design Crawlhas been organized for 40 lucky alumni on Friday. Two chartered buses will take participants to notable design and design research firms in the city—four each—showcasing the breadth and excitement of its thriving professional design scene. Recently named to several lists as the best city for college graduates, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and as an up-and-coming high-tech city, Columbus is also distinguished for the number of design research offices found in local industries and the range of various design firms and consultancies that call Columbus home. A CVENT invitation will be sent to all alumni for this exciting day-long activity. Be sure to sign up early! It is first come-first served and only 76 seats are available!

Department of Design 50th Anniversary Exhibtion Opening Reception

The opening reception of the Department of Design 50thAnniversary Exhibition “Design Is…” will follow the Columbus Design Crawl on Friday, October 5th. It is open to the public and all alumni are encouraged to attend. A reception to celebrate this comprehensive exhibition featuring works representing the careers of sixteen distinguished alumni and displays celebrating the past, present, and future of the Department of Design will be held from 5:30-8:30 pm.This work will be exhibited at the Urban Arts Space in downtown Columbus from October 6thto November 10th, 2018. 

Saturday, October 6th

Department of Design Scholarship Fundraising Brunch

Alumni Bill and Wendy Faust will host a fundraising brunch for departmental scholarship funds at their beautiful condo in North bank overlooking downtown Columbus on Saturday morning from 11:00-1:00 pm. For a donation of $100-$1000 to support future design student learning, the first 60 friends of the department to sign up can enjoy breakfast and relaxing conversation with emeritus faculty and a few of our amazing current design students. 
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College of Arts and Sciences Homecoming Tailgate

Saturday is also Homecoming at Ohio State! We will host a table for alumni at the College of Arts and Sciences tailgate prior to the 3:30 pm football game! Come prepared to show your Buckeye Pride when Ohio State takes on the Indiana Hoosiers!

In the sidebar you will also find more information about ways that you can always interact with us. Please consider engaging with faculty and students when you have research opportunities or needs. Courses or project sponsorships are always encouraged. We would also love for you to visit us on campus. A faculty member would be happy to include you in a studio critique if you are one of our alumni or a design professional. We welcome opportunities for alumni to speak to student groups about their careers and other professional development topics. Gifts of financial support area also always appreciated! If you want to show your support for the students in our department, please consider using the link to donate to one of several funds that are available. Investing in the future of Design at Ohio State is a gift that keeps on giving through all the amazing things that our students accomplish!