Brian Smith

Creative Strategist and Designer

Von Lee
517 E. Kirkwood Avenue

Bloomington, IN 47408


Brian is a graphic designer, type nerd, photographer, and avid defender of the ampersand. Though he works primarily on print projects at IU Communications, he is also deeply interested in interactive publications and transmedia projects.

His early ambition was to become an illustrator at Marvel or DC, but by the time he went to college (at California State University, Chico), he had decided on graphic design as a career. After graduation, he worked as a freelance designer and ran a print shop in Austin while his wife attended graduate school. When she graduated and took a position at Indiana University, he did, too. He has been a member of the IU Bloomington marketing team since 2002 and joined IU Communications in 2011.

In his free time, Brian loves football, hiking in the woods taking photos, and listening to all kinds of music, especially the blues. He is fascinated by storytelling, mythology, and folklore, frequently losing himself in reference books because he gets caught up in the stories behind the facts.

I love type. I’m the guy who’s staring at the typography on the displays and walls of the Titanic exhibit at the Indiana State Museum instead of looking at the china and bottles pulled from the ocean floor.


  • Artist
  • Bookworm
  • Caffeine Addict
  • Gamer
  • Geek
  • Movie Buff
  • Music Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Nerd
  • Night Owl
  • Problem Solver
  • Roadtripper
  • Sports Fan
  • Theatergoer