Date of Award

Spring 5-2013

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Art and Design

First Advisor

Michelle Hartfield

Advisor Department

Art and Design


Research, or rather the lack thereof, seems to indicate a lack of appreciation for graphic design, designers themselves, and the work they do in both the public and scholarly society. Without proper acknowledgement from the public and academia, graphic design as a profession is in danger of disappearing. The problem may stem from graphic design being a relatively new field if one is to think of it as really taking off with the invention of computers. This lack of understanding may also contribute to the absence of a single definition for graphic design. To address these concerns, this study will examine students' knowledge of graphic design: what it is students think graphic design is and their knowledge about the field in order to determine how prevalent these issues really are.