Professor of Graphic Design


  • Website:

    Gravdahl Design
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor of Graphic Design
    • Co-Director, Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition (CIIPE)
    • Graduate Advisor for Graphic Design
  • Concentration:

    • Graphic Design
    • Illustration
  • Department:

    • Art and Art History
  • Education:

    • M.F.A. Illustration, Syracuse University
    • B.F.A. Graphic Design, Colorado State University
  • Curriculum Vitae:


John Gravdahl earned his BFA at Colorado State University. He worked for design firms in the Rocky Mountain market before establishing a free-lance enterprise with a wide-ranging clientele from small family-owned businesses to high-tech corporations and non-profit organizations. He received his MFA in Illustration at Syracuse University before founding Propeller Press, winning awards for his children’s books and educational posters. Most recently he was named a GRAPHIS Master by the international design publisher Graphis Institute. A profile, portfolio and interview on his career accomplishments and design philosophy is featured in the GRAPHIS Journal #379. With an extensive exhibition record he has served as a juror, speaker, and workshop mentor at major design exhibitions and conferences on four continents. He is a professor of Graphic Design in the Department of Art and Art History at CSU and a Co-Director of the Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition (CIIPE).


GRAPHIS Journal #379 – Professional profile, interview, and portfolio, November 2023 -

Curious Catwalk - Designer/Illustrator/Author, Propeller Press 2003

The Tale of Dog Giovanni - Designer/Illustrator/Author, Propeller Press,  2001

••• Examples of my work are featured in two international textbooks:  Design Composition Training, Rikuyosha Publishing, Japan 2017, and Communicating Design Through Numbers, P.I.E. Books, Japan 2016

•••  I was also a co-author for The Physical Characteristics of Poster Art, - Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation, 1994