One of the more unusual aspects of last spring’s Paint & Pixels exhibit at the University Museum was that it gave equal attention to both Ron Donoughe’s painting and Don Donoughe’s graphic design.
We are all accustomed to seeing paintings hanging on the walls of a museum. But seeing websites and logo designs displayed as works of art was a new experience for many museum visitors, even if much of what was on display was already familiar to museum visitors. Award-winning graphic designer—and IUP alumnus—Don Donoughe has done work for clients as diverse as Disney, Sprint, Intel, Robert Mondavi, Adobe, Sun Microsystems, Catholic Healthcare West, Safeway, Second Harvest Food Bank, and a number of universities. So even if you do not know his name, you have probably seen his work before.
By providing Don Donoughe’s drafts and planning documents along with the finished products, the exhibit made visible the intense work and thought that go into even the simplest graphic design. (In fact, it is often the simplest designs that require the most work to achieve.)
Below, Donoughe takes IUP Magazine on a virtual tour of his Silicon Valley studio, guiding us through four projects from start to finish, and giving us greater insight into the work of the designer.