Your future is bright


Our alumni work at some of the top companies in the United States. We have a 100% placement rate for graduates who are actively seeking a job upon graduation. Check out some of the places our alumni are working:

  • AKQA, Washington DC
  • Amazon, Seattle WA
  • Atomic Object, Grand Rapids MI
  • Auxiliary Design, Grand Rapids MI
  • Bissell, Grand Rapids MI
  • Box, San Francisco CA
  • Brightly, Grand Rapids MI
  • Carnevale, Grand Rapids MI
  • Concept A, Spring Lake MI
  • DesignVox, Grand Rapids MI
  • Duo Security, Ann Arbor MI
  • Elevator Up, Grand Rapids MI
  • Frederick Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids, MI
  • Gensler, San Francisco CA
  • Haworth, Holland MI
  • Herman Miller, Holland MI
  • HUGE, Atlanta GA
  • IBM, Austin TX
  • Massive Change Network, Evanston IL
  • Meijer, Grand Rapids MI
  • Microsoft, Redmond WA
  • Multiple, Chicago IL
  • Newell Brands, Kalamazoo MI
  • Oneupweb, Traverse City MI
  • Peopledesign, Grand Rapids MI
  • Plastiq, San Francisco CA
  • Square One Design, Grand Rapids MI
  • T.Rowe Price, Baltimore MD
  • OpenDigital, Grand Rapids MI
  • VML, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Whirlpool, Benton Harbor MI
  • Williams Group, Grand Rapids MI
Katie Shimmin

Kathryn Shimmin

Katie is currently the Graphic Design lead on the Rapid Design Deployment (RDD) Team—a multi-disciplinary team of five at the Newell Brands Headquarters. Working closely with the C-suite and Innovation Group, Katie synthesizes research and designs for both near-term and long-term brand experiences. Over the course of her career, Katie has redesigned packaging for brands like Sharpie and Paper Mate. She has informed, visualized, and presented strategic product roadmaps and designed the brand identity for Yankee Candle’s pop-up experience in New York City. Katie has also played an active role in innovation sessions across the U.S., London, and Tokyo to ideate around products, packaging, and merchandising for brands like Yankee Candle, Rubbermaid, and Coleman.

"Today’s graphic designer is expected to thrive under a wide umbrella of skillsets from print to experience design to motion graphics, illustration, photography, and more. The FSU Design Program is incredibly robust—offering an extensive range of courses that make thriving in all of these areas possible. Apart from this, much of my career trajectory can be attributed to the Design Program’s placement within the College of Business. I was able to build business acumen through marketing and management courses, as well as a real client experience senior year. It’s the skillset that gets you in the door but the well-nurtured business relationships that propel you forward."