School of Art

Graphic Design Faculty

Jan Marie Ballard
Instructor in Graphic Design

Jan Marie Ballard holds a BFA from University of Illinois at Urbana­Champaign. She joined the Texas Christian University School of Art faculty in 1986. Since then she has been teaching undergraduate courses including Communication Graphics, Intermediate Communication Graphics, Typography I and II, and Corporate Identity. Her teaching provides students with a solid foundation of the history and anatomy of type, and an examination of the principles of hierarchy and legibility at work within an individual letterform, to sentence, to paragraph, to page. In her professional practice, she has worked for local design studios, regional advertising agencies, and a national public relations firm. Her freelance practice includes clients such as Alzheimer's Association, Child Advocates of Tarrant County, Trammell Crow Company, Charter Behavioral Health Systems, Sundance Square and many others. Her work has been featured in Print's Regional Design Annual, Fort Worth Addy Awards, and International Association of Business Communicators' Bronze Quill Awards. She is committed to arts in elementary education and is a founding board member of the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts charter school.

Bill Brammer
Adjunct Instructor in Graphic Design

Bill Brammer is owner and creative director of fusion29. Bill formed the studio after working five years as an independent designer for numerous Dallas advertising agencies and seven years at Harcourt Brace as senior art director. Bill studied graphic design under Jack Sprague at the Art Institute of Dallas, Sprague Center for Creative Communication, and at the University of North Texas. With more than 25 years of visual communication experience, Bill has created award-winning books, collateral, packaging, corporate identity, videos, and web sites for a diverse mix of clients and industries. He develops a deep understanding of each company and its industry to create designs that best communicate their message and get results. His work has been featured in Print's Regional Design Annual and How Magazine. Awards include: ADDY Best of Show, PIA Awards, DSVC Award of Excellence, Neenah® Paper Letterhead Gold Awards, and Sappi® Printer of the Year Awards. His teaching philosophy is to expose students to methods of conceptual thinking and the creative process with practical business application.

Claudia Butts
Adjunct Instructor in Graphic Design

Claudia Butts holds a BFA from Texas Christian University. She has been running Claudia Butts Advertising for over 25 years. Her passion includes helping others by working with non-profit companies such as the Methodist Health Foundation, National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, Cattle Raisers Museum, Women’s Haven, Junior League of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Chapter of Texas Society of CPA’s and Fort Worth Ronald McDonald House. Her work experience also includes: Graphic Designer at Harris Methodist Health System Creative Services Department and Art Director at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Promotion Department.

Yvonne Cao
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Yvonne Cao is a graphic designer, typographer, and educator. Yvonne Cao holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Louisiana State University. Cao received her BA in Mass Communication with a concentration in TV production from Human Normal University in China 2009. In 2007, she joined in an honors exchange program at Middle Tennessee State University where she studied Electronic Media Communication. Between degrees Cao worked as a creative director in Hunan Vision International Advertising Co. in China. During her studies at LSU, Cao worked as an graphic design instructor and an active graphic designer in GDSO (Design Office). In 2012, Yvonne Cao served as an Assistant professor of Graphic design at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, where she taught Graphic Design I & II, Typography and Interactive Design.

Yvonne Cao’s scholarly interests include cross-cultural design, branding, and typography, and the history of Asian art. In her most recent research “Visual Translation", she focuses on how to facilitate a smooth visual transition in western branding by using typography. To move beyond traditional type design, her work introduces an innovative methodology for designing typefaces using existing Latin typefaces; it is created as an educational tool, which seeks to help graphic design students and type enthusiasts, with emphasis on designers who are working for cross-cultural branding. Her professional graphic design work has received recognition from AIGA (American professional organization for design) and the American Advertising Federation.


Dusty Crocker
Associate Professor of Professional Practice
in Graphic Design

Dusty Crocker founded Crocker Associates Advertising Design in the early 1980s, after earning his BFA from TCU. For over twenty years, Crocker Associates produced award-winning work for clients such as Hewlett Packard, Ocean Pacific, HCA, Healthtrust, Harcourt Brace and many others. Dusty has conducted hundreds of workshops on Graphic Design throughout North America, the UK, and Australia and consulted with and trained design departments for Coca Cola, Sam’s Club, the U.S. Army and many others. Dusty holds an M.A. in Advertising Design from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in Instructional Design from Capella University. In addition to teaching at TCU, Dusty continues to deliver workshops on graphic design and designs and develops graphic design and communication courses for higher education and private industry.

Bill Galyean
Lecturer in Graphic Design

Bill Galyean joined the Graphic Design faculty at TCU in 2006. Prior to academe he spent 30 years as art director, creative director and partner for such firms as Tracy-Locke, D'arcy, MacManus & Masius and his own firm, Pierce, DeDitius & Galyean. His experience has been in the creation and execution of marketing and brand development for organizations ranging from Fortune 100 Companies, emerging startups as well as non-profits.

Bill's commitment to student-centered teaching and mentoring exists in the classroom and as faculty advisor for student competitions in the American Advertising Federation's National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). In 2009 he was one of 10 professors nominated for the Inspirational Professor Award by the TCU Provost and the Student Government Association. He has also taught International Advertising at Regents College in London.

Galyean's expertise crosses all facets of communications including television, magazine, outdoor, package design, corporate identity, direct mail, and new product launches, making him well versed in integrated marketing. He has served in a creative capacity on accounts such as Johnson & Johnson Medical, Sulzer Medica (Switzerland), American Airlines, Frontier Air Lines, Phillips Petroleum, IBM, Frito-Lay, Red Lobster Inns, Southwestern Bell, Borden,Inc., Hilton Hotels, Bell Helicopter, Old ElPaso Foods, Haggar Apparel, Neiman-Marcus, Lennox Air Conditioning, Sky Chefs International and Columbia Hospitals.

His creative has won numerous awards locally and nationally and has appeared in CA Magazine (The Journal of Communications Arts). Bill has been affiliated with organizations such as The Dallas Society of Visual Communications, The Dallas Ad League, The American Association of Advertising Agencies, The Ft. Worth Advertising Club, The International RX Medical Advertising Club/NYC.
Bill holds a BA in Advertising Design from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Each of his classes are "spiced" with a bit of Cajun Humor. His teaching philosophy is simply to make the jump from the classroom to "a first job" as seamless as possible for each of his students.


Lewis Glaser
Professor of Graphic Design
Coordinator of Graphic Design

Lewis Glaser has been a member of the TCU faculty since 1987. His tenure spans a revolutionary period in the graphic design field, with the phenomenally rapid introduction of digital technology into the design process. Glaser received the MFA from Syracuse University. He has worked for several years in private industry, as a graphic designer and art director. His design work continues to earn accolades from major professional design publications and competitions at the international, national and regional levels. Professor Glaser is dedicated to helping students realize their goal of becoming successful, professional designers. He remains active in his professional field through his freelance design business.


Charles Varner
Adjunct Instructor in Graphic Design

Charles Varner is a TCU alumni, who graduated in 1971 as a double major of Commercial Art and Sculpture. He attended Kansas City Art Institute classes and has been recognized by the Hallmark Cards Scholastic Art Awards. His design for the TCU Horned Frog Yearbook was used to illustrate the 1971 graduating class, and received a Printing Industry Award for best college yearbook. Charles studied under and worked for Don Ivan Punchatz at SketchPad after graduating TCU. He is a member of the New York Society of Illustrators, the Houston Society of Illustrators, and the Dallas Society of Illustrators. He continues to work as a freelance illustrator since 1972. Past clients include: Exxon, IBM, Microsoft, Tandy/Radio Shack, TCU, 7-UP / Dr. Pepper, Arlington Convention Center, Pepsi, Frito Lay, Boy Scouts of America, Neiman Marcus, American Airlines, Bell Telephone, AT&T, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Six Flags Over Texas,, Dallas Magazine, Dallas Zoo, Fort Worth Zoo, Columbia Pictures, Interstate Batteries, Random House, TU Electric, Chief Auto Parts, Seven Eleven Stores, SMU, Bell Helicopter, State Fair of Texas, Greyhound, Dallas Morning News, Borden, Old El Paso, LeeJeans, Trophy Club, Northpark Shopping Center, Huguley Hospital ER.

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