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Department of Visual Communication and Design

The Department of Visual Communication and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Stevens Amidon, Ph.D.
Interim Chair

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

Office: Visual Arts Building
Room: VA213
Hours: Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm

Phone: 260-481-6709
Fax: 260-481-6707


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Let’s Play, a book by recent VCD graduate Rebecca Batdorf, was released June 10, 2014, for sale by Tate Publishing on Amazon. A therapeutic aid, the book was designed to help teach children social play expectations and was a major component of Batdorf’s senior project for her B.F.A. in graphic design.

John Ilang-Ilang (’13, B.F.A. in graphic design) is now art director at Catalyst Marketing.

Haley Albersmeyer (’13, imaging and photography) is currently doing  product photography, video, and web design for Richard J. Bagan, Inc. and their partner MonTech, for whom she is creating a global web site.

Angela Harris is now the graphics/social media manager at J.W. Specialties, Ltd.

Tylar Allison (’12, graphic design) is now a frame fitter at Frame Art and Design located on East Dupont Road in Fort Wayne.

Lucas Carter (’13, imaging and photography) has accepted a new position as the visual media specialist at the national headquarters of the American Legion based in Indianapolis. He will be shooting for their various publications, which include American Legion Magazine, the nation’s largest veterans’ magazine that reaches 2.3 million people monthly. Carter will be performing duties as both a still photographer and a videographer for the magazine.

Danielle Cook (’13, graphic design) has accepted the position of apprentice prepress technician with New Image Printing and Design Services, a commercial printing service located in Fort Wayne. Prepress is the step prior to production in which files are collected, checked and refined, and proofs are created to the clients’ specifications. In this role she will be given the opportunity to learn the printing process from inception to completion while honing the graphic skills she learned at IPFW. To learn more about New Image Printing visit

Katie Hutmacher (’13, BFA, graphic design) has taken the position of graphic designer with the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) in the communications and development department. “Being the only designer for the entire organization, I am responsible for the needs of all fourteen locations,” explained Hutmacher. “I design everything from circulation forms to business cards to posters.” She also will be creating images for the ACPL website.

Samuel Minick, (’91, BFA, graphic design) is now the owner operator of SAM Illustrations, Inc. His client list includes Adobe, Smithsonian Magazine, National Parks Magazine, Schwinn, Lego, Field & Stream, VeloPress, Verizon, Kellogg’s, Volkswagen, National Geographic, and a number of other very well-known companies. You can view some of Minick’s illustrations at

Dan Brockman (’13, BFA, graphic design), is now the graphic design specialist for Fort Wayne Metals (FWM). Brockman’s duties include designing, editing, and producing graphics and other media for internal and external publications for FWM and their affiliated companies such as J.K. O’Donnell’s and Get Fresh Farms. Brockman also will be collaborating with sales and marketing, engineering, research and development to create logos for FWM products and collaborate with internal teams to design logos for their internal programs.

Recent VCD graduate John Ilang-Ilang (’13) was hired immediately upon graduation by the prestigious local advertising agency Boyden and Youngblutt (B&Y) as a creative director. B&Y has been developing colorful, award-winning campaigns for local, regional and national clients, including IPFW, for the last 21 years.


Emma McCarron (’12, graphic design) has been hired as a graphic designer at LaBov & Beyond Advertising, Marketing and Training. McCarron won first place in graphic design and excellence during the Visual Communication and Design B.F.A. Exhibition in Fall 2012.

IPFW alumni Brandon Deel (’11, graphic design) is now the creative director at Eternal Youth Clothing Company, an online company. Eternal Youth has placed their focus not on trends or brands but on retro-current expression in fashion as it moves forward into the present. For more information visit

VCD associate faculty member of Imaging and Photography Karrine Williams (’11) recently photographed critically acclaimed singer, songwriter/folk music duo Jan Krist and Jim Bizer for the cover of their new CD release, Too. The project by Krist, a Department of Fine Arts senior and Jim Bizer was released in September and is already receiving airplay on NPR stations around the Midwest.

VCD photography graduate Lucas Carter (’13 VCD)has accept a full time position at Manchester University in North Manchester, Ind., as the university photographer and videographer. In addition to being the official photographer and videographer for university events, Carter also will be responsible for editing and cataloging, as well as managing student assistants and content creators

VCD graphic design senior Dane Curtis (’13 VCD)has taken a full-time position as a graphic designer with 80/20, an aluminum parts manufacturing company located in Columbia City, Ind. Curtis’s duties for 80/20 include graphic design work for both internal and distributed materials and the creation of catalogues. “My projects so far have been redesigning the company’s business card, creating HTML emails that are sent to distributors/clients and creating flipbooks that are mini 48-page catalogs” explained Curtis. “It has been a great experience and a great way to put what I have learned at IPFW into real life projects.”

Parker artwork

The recent design work of Taryn Parker (’11 VCD) has been causing a sensation in Denver.  Her brand design for the recent Denver Broncos’ NFL Playoffs was featured city-wide on buses, light rails, benches and kiosks. Parker was a student of VCD associate faculty Kryste Wallen and  is employed by the Denver Broncos Football Club as a graphic design assistant. Next Level.


The recent design work of Taryn Parker (’11 VCD) has been causing a sensation in Denver.  Her brand design for the recent Denver Broncos’ NFL Playoffs was featured city-wide on buses, light rails, benches and kiosks. Parker was a student of VCD associate faculty Kryste Wallen and  is employed by the Denver Broncos Football Club as a graphic design assistant.

VCD alumna Libby Huffer (’09, photography) had been appointed to a full-time photography position at Sweetwater Sound, Inc.  Her body of work was awarded Best in Show at the Fall 2009 B.F.A. Exhibition adjudicated by Professor Daniel Pocock of Indiana Wesleyan University.

VCD alumna Monica Gerdeman ('11, photography) accepted a position as a staff writer for the Putnam County Sentinel in Ottawa, Ohio in 2012. Gerdeman’s position included photography, writing, graphic design and layout. The Putnam County Sentinel is a weekly award-winning newspaper recognized by the Ohio Newspaper Association as one of the best weekly publications in Ohio.

VCD alumna Karrine Williams ('11) published four photos with credits in the July, 2012 issue of Fort Wayne Glo magazine. Glo is a free woman's lifestyle magazine for the greater Fort Wayne area whose mission is to provide women fresh, local perspectives on health, family, beauty and living trends.

Alumna Kate Mall (VCD ’11), designer for Ad Lab in Fort Wayne, specializes in graphic design, Ad Lab produces ads for radio and television production, media placement, training and sales videos, marketing, public relations, printing, business-to-consumer and business-to-business advertising.

Megan Tiffany (’11, graphic design) recently was appointed as the new director of market development for MagniFi, a design build firm focusing exclusively on the visions of financial institutions throughout North America. Tiffany will manage all company marketing efforts such as market research, social media development, public relations, web management, and the design and development of new marketing materials. Most recently, she served as the internal graphic designer for Aptera Inc., located in Fort Wayne.

Monica Gerdeman (’11, photography) has accepted a full-time position as a marketing representative for Servpro of Lima, Ohio. Servpro is an industry leader in large loss response restoration for fire, water, and storm damage.

Karrine Williams (’11, photography) and Nate Hopkins are featured in a two-person show at Friedel’s Fine Art entitled Modern Day Pin-Ups. Their photographs are on display through May 17, 2012, at Friedel’s Fine Art, located at 1430 W. Main Street, Fort Wayne. Call 260-420-9197 for hours.

Katie Mall (’11, graphic design) has accepted a position as a graphic designer with Business People Magazine in Fort Wayne.

Karrine Moreno (’11 B.F.A. Photography) has landed the plum assignment as the photographer for Don Ayres Honda.  Moreno will photograph new vehicles that arrive on the lot for sale.  The gallery of photos will be online for customers to browse through their stock. 

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