Graphic Design College of Design


  • Graphic Design Faculty
Part-time Faculty



Deb Lawton

Debra Lawton has been teaching digital arts and graphic design for 14 years and enjoys bringing her real world experience of graphic design into the classroom. As a member of American Institute of Graphic Arts she works on the Education Committee to help create a dialog between education and the design community. She is involved in design for good and works with non profit organizations to help them better market themselves.

Teaching Style
Students will develop both 'experimental' and 'practical' projects that will allow students to develop their own style, while being responsive to formal theory. Assignments include collaboration with a local business, departments within the college, or fictional scenarios that replicate the constraints a designer will face in the business community.

"I encourage students to create conceptual ideas through a process of research, ideation, and refinement so that they can create beautifully executed images with the end result to communicate the clients needs."

Specialties & Expertise

Graphic design


Symbol and logo developmen,

User Experience

Course Number and Titles (resident and outreach teaching)

GDes 3353 Packaging and Display

GDes 3352 Identity and Symbols

GDes 2345 Typography
GDes 4345 Advanced Typography

GDes 4363 Portfolio

DES 3131 User Experience in Design



2014     H2wOe… Design Team exhibit, Arts Institute of MN.


Professional, Institutional, and Community Leadership and Service

2013–15 Executive Fundraising Committee, Lead Designer

2013     AIGA Minnesota, Education Committee

2010–12 InDesign User Group Participant, Twin Cities & Detroit Chapter

2010     AIGA Minnesota, Create. Don’t Hate. Team Member

2005     MadCAP (Madison Creative Arts Program), Designer


Graphic Design Faculty

240 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Ave
St. Paul, MN

Contact Information

Undergraduate Student Services
12 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108
107 Rapson Hall, 89 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
P: 612-624-1717 | E:

General Information
P: 612-626-9068 | E: