Luis Quintanilla (2D Design 2024)
Luis Quintanilla (2D Design 2024)
Jin Kim (MFA 2D Design 2019)
Jin Kim (MFA 2D Design 2019)
Reed Smith (MFA 2D Design 2023)
Reed Smith (MFA 2D Design 2023)
2D Design Philosophy

Lauren Holden (MFA 2D Design 2021)

2D Design Philosophy

2D Design Philosophy

Convey complex ideas and concepts in a clear and compelling way

The 2D Department is committed to preparing our students for successful and meaningful careers in the field of design and contemporary art. The philosophy that guides the Department is based on three core principles: a focus on effective communication, an expanded definition of the field of graphic design, and a commitment to cultural relevancy and diversity.

We recognize that cultural production is constantly evolving, and our students need to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to adapt to these changes. The studio engages with far-ranging topics such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, and environmental studies to gain a broader perspective on design and to develop a body of compelling work.

We believe that design is not just a technical skill, but a creative and intellectual endeavor that requires a deep engagement with the world around us.

Elliot Earls

The Cranbrook Experience in 2D Design

Elliot Earls

The Cranbrook Experience in 2D Design

Student Work

Student Work
Luis Quintanilla (2D Design 2024)
Student Work
Mason Goolsby (MFA 2D Design 2023). Photo: PD Rearick.
Student Work
Chris Baker (MFA 2D Design 2023)
Student Work
Reed Smith (MFA 2D Design 2023)
Student Work
Chen Gao (MFA 2D Design 2022)
Student Work
Chen Gao (MFA 2D Design 2022). Photo: PD Rearick.
Student Work
A.F. Oehmke (MFA 2D Design 2021)
Student Work
Lauren Holden (MFA 2D Design 2021)
Student Work
Jin Kim (MFA 2D Design 2019). Photo: PD Rearick
Student Work
Student Work
Lucas Albrecht, 2018
Student Work
Christian Morin, 2017
Student Work
Preston Thompson, 2017
Student Work
Kelsey Elder, 2016
Student Work
Meaghan Barry, 2013
Student Work
Lilian Crum
Student Work
Michelle D'Cruz, 2012
Student Work
Leo Hanifin, 2012
Student Work
Julie Hoppner, 2012
Student Work
Anvita Jain, 2011

Alumni Profile

Wesley Taylor, 2D Design 2011

Alumni Profile

Wesley Taylor, 2D Design 2011

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The department actively explores the relationship between writing, criticism, and production with an emphasis on the experimental.