Platform: A community-based graphic design studio.
Share your Story.
Voice your Opinion.
Express your feelings.
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PLATFORM is a socially engaged design studio in the graphic design concentration area in the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo. The program is a credit bearing capstone 2-semester course. It offers students hands-on learning opportunities to work on real-world design problems for both local and regional non-profits advocating for under-served communities. Students learn the value of an integrative, interdisciplinary design practice that encourages teamwork and collaboration and empowers them to be active members of their community.

  • Socially-engaged design studio
  • Develop your portfolio with real-world client projects
  • Learn skills in teamwork and client management

What types of projects do you create?

Students work in collaboration with Partnership for the Public Good, a community-based think-tank based in Buffalo that provides research and advocacy support to a variety of partners. Students produce a broad range of graphic materials from branding systems and logos to print, digital marketing and promotional collateral for community organizations including Our Outer Harbor, Buffalo Transit Riders Union and Open Buffalo’s Emerging Leader’s Mentorship Program.

How can I be a part of it?

PLATFORM is directed by design professors Chris Lee and Stephanie Rothenberg in the Department of Art. The studio is part of the BA and BFA programs in the graphic design concentration area. Students in other departments are also able to participate.

If you would like to learn more about PLATFORM please email Stephanie Rothenberg

Contact Us

Stephanie Rothenberg.

138 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0546

Graphic Design Program Head
Associate Professor
Department of Art
College of Arts and Sciences