Erik Evensen

Erik Evensen in class photo

Erik Evensen

Assistant Professor of Design

Office: 323C Applied Arts
Phone: 715/232-5324


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

The Ohio State University

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate 
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 2D Digital Imaging
DES-205 Design Drawing
DES-405 Advanced Design Drawing (Pres Tech)
DES-725 Research Strategies in Design
ART-114 Color Studio


Teaching Areas

Design foundations
Design drawing & visualization
Design methodology: process, thinking, & research

Research Interests

Design for education: graphic design, information design, human-centered design, game design, comics & graphic novels, design drawing & visualization, illustration


Erik A. Evensen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design, where he teaches courses in design drawing & visualization, design methodology, graphic design/digital imaging, and graduate design research. Additionally, he advises in the Graphic Design BFA program, and is a member of the graduate faculty. Before coming to UW–Stout in 2013, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Design at Ohio State University

Prior to entering academia, Professor Evensen worked as a graphic designer and illustrator in the greater Boston area, in corporate advertising and agency environments, and consulted with studios and agencies across North America. A graphic novelist, his publications include The Beast of Wolfe’s Bay, the Xeric-winning Gods of Asgard, and Super-powered Word Study. His work has also appeared in the Ghostbusters series from IDW Comics. His work in comics has 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.

His research and creative scholarship is focused on design for informational and educational delivery, mainly through the lenses of tabletop games and comics. He is the author of several related articles and has published and presented his research in national and international venues. In 2014, 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. “Using Comics to Teach Visual Communication, Design Thinking, and User Centered Principles.” Proceedings from New Ventures: AIGA Design Educators Conference 2014, Portland, OR. September, 2014. peer-reviewed.

Evensen, Erik A. “Comics as a Design Ecosystem: A Case for Comics in Design Education.” ImageTexT. Vol. 7, issue 3. September 30, 2014. peer-reviewed.

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

In The News

5Q with Erik Evensen
Wisconsin People & Ideas, Summer 2014

Ghostbusters call on UW–Stout Professor for new comic
VolumeOne, 2/4/2014

Art and Design professor gets a call from Ghostbusters
UW–Stout News, 1/31/2014

A Beast of a Talent 
VolumeOne, 12/5/2013

Curriculum Vitae

 Curriculum Vitae 2015