Tom Elder, Senior Professorial Lecturer for the Graphic Design program, comes to American University from Boise State University after over 20 years of teaching and practice. He received his MFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University. Elder has been professionally creating traditional design, signage, and digital art for much of his design career. Some of his expertise includes consultation for physical accessibility to structures and the use of Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). His work is acknowledged in Access for Everyone: A Guide to the Accessibility of Buildings and Sites with References to ADAAG, Osterberg, A. E., & Kain, D. J. (2005). His perspective piece “Which is Worse: Comic Sans or Papyrus?” was featured in American magazine this summer.
In past projects, Tom was one of the original consultants for Adventure Island Playground; the first accessibly designed playground located in Meridian, Idaho; he also designed the original entrance sign for the playground. Tom also designed City Centre Garage signage on 9th and Front, Boise, Idaho including the interior signage structure. He also designed and planned the location of exterior wayfinding to the College of Idaho and some informational direction signs for the City of Nampa, Idaho. He is also an accomplished label designer using hand-drawn and digital lettering techniques for his designs. Tom also creates artwork in virtual 3D creating 3D rendered art that has been curated and exhibited in select national exhibitions.
AU Design Club provides undergraduate students a way to get critique, share resources, and become more involved in the AU and DC design community. Anyone from AU is welcome—no need to be a design major or minor! In addition to club meetings, Design Club also hosts our annual Spring Design Show.
Logan Forbis '23 - Co-President
Teddy Gabrielli '24 - Co-President
Kirah Tianga '25 - Secretary
Asja Thomas '23 - Co-Marketing Coordinator
Saabiah Hussain '24 - Co-Marketing Coordinator