Professor of Graphic Design


  • Website:

    Gravdahl Design
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor of Graphic Design
    • 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:


I see great design as art's dialog with daily life. I teach all levels of graphic design, specializing in visual language and affirming the role of applied arts for mindful change. My own work focuses on book illustration and poster design. I serve as the Curator and Co-Director of the Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition (CIIPE) and my work can be found in many international publications and exhibition catalogs. I am active in professional practice, currently exploring experimental techniques in visual storytelling and public art.


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