John Nordyke»Professor, Chair of Applied Arts

  • Degrees: B.A. - Purdue University, M.F.A. - Rhode Island School of Design
  • Hometown: B.A. - Purdue University, M.F.A. - Rhode Island School of Design

John Nordyke received a BA in Graphic Design and Art History at Purdue and his MFA with honors from Rhode Island School of Design. Between degrees, he was a designer in Chicago for many recognized brands and institutions and spent a summer in Yale’s design program in Switzerland. While an independent consultant since graduate school his client and personal work has received much recognition: American Center for Design, New York Type Directors Club, University & College Designers Association, American Institute of Graphic Arts, American Corporate Identity and the American Graphic Design Awards for which he twice received Best of Typography. His work has been exhibited widely and also published in Brand Identity Essentials, Emigre, Fingerprint, Graphis, LogoLounge, Print, and more. John received the honor of being selected as a Master Designer by the United States Mint and his drawing for the Nevada state quarter was a finalist.

Prior to joining the University, John was an adjunct instructor sharing his time between RISD and Clark University. His thoughts on design education appeared as an article in UCDA’s quarterly Designer and a course syllabus was selected for Loop, AIGA’s journal of interactive design education. He recently received the Emerging Arts Administration Fellowship by the National Council of Arts Administrators. In his spare time he maintains a suburban lawn for his family and dogs and is on scout for basketball courts to practice free throws.