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Jonathan Cooper

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
Location: 104 Wilson Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3384
E-mail:  [email protected]

Jonathan Cooper is a multidisciplinary designer with a passion for engaging the culture and industry. He has eleven years’ experience, between agency branding and marketing, in-house experience and interaction design and freelancing branding and illustration. He has work seen across a variety of industries, including local boutiques, apothecaries, national restaurant franchises and international lifestyle brands. His research is a driven and sympathetic approach to design.


Savannah College of Art and Design
MA, Graphic Design & Visual Experience
Emphasis on context, history, & community
Developed skills in process methodology
Established professional knowledge of experimental mediums and professional presentation
Developed framework to use design as cultural documentation
Lead creative efforts on-site and remote for rebrand of Alabama Gulf Coast

Oakland University
BA, Graphic Design
Emphasis on conceptualization & research methodology
Developed skills in branding, illustration, typography, motion, and layout
Established professional understanding of design software


Oakland University, Winter 2022
Guest Lecturer
DES 1130 — Foundations of Graphic Design

Sleep Jar, 2022 - Present
Product Designer
Developed and managed brand identity system
Designed responsive, multi-platform user experience
Launched mobile applications to over 300,000 daily users

ghost co-op, 2010 - Present
Owner, Graphic Designer
Lead creative efforts for international, national, and local brands
Spearhead client outreach, communication, scheduling, and pitching
Design for emerging technologies like voice user experience and customer experience
Coordinated graphic design and illustration for select nonprofits
Operated as small business, managing brand standards, product releases, and administrative tasks

Livio, 2017- 2022
Experience and Interaction Designer
Lead creative effort in positioning products to international market
Designed physical event spaces for several national and international shows
Developed and presented design systems for Asian, European, and American corporations
Lead design and research for UX/UI systems for multi-platform applications

The Midnight Oil Group,  2014-2017
Senior Designer & Creative Director
Established creative intake & research methodology processes
Developed and produced creative for clients in many industries
Designed and presented creative to clientele
Managed team of designers to conceptualize and deliver production-ready assets

Oakland University Art and Art History

310 Wilson Hall
Rochester , MI 48309
(location map)
phone: (248) 370-3375
fax: (248) 370-3377