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About Paul Young

I am a graphic designer and an educator with over 30 years of experience in the marketing communications industry. My full-time teaching career began in 1999.
As a designer, I have designed everything from identity to websites and more. My professional experience has included creative positions in ad agencies, design studios, publishing firms and in-house art departments in New York City and Milwaukee. Currently my wife Bonnie and I are partners in a design studio called Electric Pictures in Champaign, Illinois.
As an educator, I've taught graphic design at Parsons School of DesignMilwaukee Institute of Art & Design and Parkland College, where I am currently a professor (see my current faculty profile).


1992 Present Industry Professional, Electric Pictures ‐
Present Faculty Member, Parkland College Speakers Bureau
Present Professor, Parkland College Fine and Applied Arts

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests


December 2008 EdM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
May 1983 BFA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Contact Information

Parkland College
Fine & Applied Arts Dept
2400 W Bradley Ave
Champaign IL 61821


Speakers Bureau (6)

Paul is available to speak on the following topics for your group or organization within the 505 district. For more information, see or call 217/373-3766.

Found Wisdom (8)

In this series of eight manipulated images, Parkland professor Paul Young uses type to convey information, but not the kind of information one expects to see in these contexts. For the artist’s statement, see

Behind the Symbol (8)

In this series of eight manipulated images, Parkland professor Paul Young tells a story by introducing a “strange symbol” to photographs taken from around the world. This collection explores the relationship between symbols and the emotional energy people invest in them. For more information, see