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 2-semester course. It offers students hands-on learning opportunities to work on real-world design problems for both local and regional non-profits that advocate for under-served communities. Students learn the value of an integrative, interdisciplinary design practice that encourages teamwork and collaboration, empowering them to be active members of their community.
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 materials for community organizations including Our Outer Harbor, Buffalo Transit Riders Union and Open Buffalo’s Emerging Leader’s Mentorship Program.
PLATFORM is directed by design professors Stephanie Rothenberg and Matt Kenyon 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