Erik Evensen


Erik Evensen

MFA / Assistant Professor of Design, Coordinator of the Color Specialization
School of Art and Design

Office: 225N Applied Arts
Phone: 715/232-5324


M.F.A. in Industrial, Interior,
& Visual Communication Design

The Ohio State University

PB Cert. in Studio Art 
School of the Museum of Fine Arts

B.A. in Studio Art: Drawing & Painting 
University of New Hampshire

Courses Taught

DES-200 Design Concepts & Problems
DES-220 Introduction to 2D Digital Imaging
DES-205 Design Drawing
DES-405 Advanced Design Drawing (Pres Tech)
ART-114 Color Studio
ART-414 Color Seminar


Teaching Areas

Design drawing, design foundations, graphic design, color theory, interdisciplinary design & graduate studies

Research Interests

Design of educational materials, graphic design, information design, human-centered design, game design, comics & graphic novels, illustration

Biographical Statement

Erik Evensen is the Design Specialist in the Department of Design, where he primarily teaches design drawing and foundational courses in graphic and industrial design. Additionally, he coordinates the interdisciplinary Color Specialization, advises in the Graphic Design BFA program, and is a member of the graduate faculty. Before coming to UW–Stout, he was the Design Foundations Coordinator at Ohio State University, and has held adjunct teaching positions in Maine and Minnesota. He also sits on the Advisory Board for the Department of Technology, Art, and Design at Bemidji State University. Professor Evensen's design practice includes over 10 years as a graphic designer through agencies, in-house departments, and consultancy. His creative contributions are often interdisciplinary, and include branding, publication, information graphics, environmental graphics, motion graphics, illustration, and comics.

His graphic novels have been called “innovative and groundbreaking” by Graphic Novel Reporter, “a thrill” by Ain’t It Cool News, and “both literate and entertaining” by Geeks of Doom. He is the author/illustrator of The Beast of Wolfe’s Bay and the Xeric-winning Gods of AsgardWith Dr. James Bucky Carter, he is the illustrational coauthor of the educational workbook Super-powered Word Study.

Professor Evensen's academic research and scholarly creative work explores design for information delivery, and how that can fulfill educational objectives. Recent applications of this work include identifying a research model for designing educational and socially-empowering tabletop games, and developing educational comics and graphic novels. He is the author of several related articles and has presented his research and creative work at national and international venues. Most recently, he authored a case study chapter in Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End of Design, a design research textbook by Liz Sanders and Pieter Jan Stappers.

Selected Publications

Evensen, Erik A. “A Toolkit for Board Game Design” Convivial Toolbox. Liz Sanders and Pieter Jan Stappers. BIS Publishers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2013. 80-81. Print.

Carter, James Bucky and Evensen, Erik A.Super-powered Word Study. Maupin House Publishing, Gainesville, FL, 2010. Print.

Evensen, Erik A.“Making Educational Games Make Sense (Without Losing Entertainment Value).” Proceedings from Response/Ability: AIGA Design Educators Conference 2010, Toledo, OH. peer-reviewed

Evensen, Erik A., Chan, Peter Kwok, Sanders, Elizabeth B.-N. and Nini, Paul J. “Crafting a Design Concept Prototype for an Educational Game Design.” Proceedings from Rigor & Relevance: International Association of Societies of Design Research 2009, Seoul, Korea. peer-reviewed

Evensen, Erik A., Chan, Peter Kwok, and Sanders, Elizabeth B.-N. “Game Design for Personal Health Management: An Emotional and Educational Perspective” Proceedings from Dare to Desire: Design & Emotion 2008, HKPU, Hong Kong, China. peer-reviewed