Ursula Design welcome to  how I think!

Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual.

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A little about me

What Makes me tick...

Smart design, great craftsmanship, hand drawn type, loving what I teach and teaching what I love, attention to detail, & odd numbers.

Ursula Design is a visual communications agency specializing in print and web based graphic design and illustration. I am Ursula Bryant, a full time professor and freelance designer. I have worked in the marketing, print, and graphic design industry for more than 10 years. I am an assistant professor of graphic design at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA and I work as a freelance graphic designer for my personal graphic design business, Ursula Design.

I have worked for clients such as C.L. Lewis & Company, English Construction, Virginia Career Education Foundation, Region 2000, City of Lynchburg, and international businesses such as EIM Controls, M/A-COM, Bernhardt, Martha Stewart, Vaughan Furniture, and Patrick Henry Family Services.

Prior to teaching, I received my bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from James Madison University in 2001 and worked as a graphic design professional for Blair Marketing as a designer. In 2007 I earned my master of fine arts in graphic design from East Tennessee State University where my research interest included the study of human reaction, tolerance, perception and social stigmas through visual communication. My Addy award winning and published designs, paintings, and multi-media work have been recognized by the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington DC and exhibited in many solo and juried shows.

Skills Bar Chart

I have 12 years of experience working with the Adobe Creative Suite software applications. The bar chart below indicates my active level of usage for the following programs/skills.

  • Web
  • Illustrator
  • Animation
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
field Specialities
  • Practice of Print and Web Design
  • Software Applications
  • Theory and Principles of Design
  • Typography
  • History of Graphic Design
  • Printing and Pre-press Production

Professional organization / Associations
  • Academy of Fine Arts: Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Advertising Federation: Roanoke, Virginia
  • AIGA {the professional association for design}
  • University and College Design Association
  • Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington
  • Southeastern College Art Association
  • East Tennessee State University - Johnson City, Tennessee (May 2007)
    Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design / Thesis: Tolerance
  • James Madison University - Harrisonburg, Virginia
    (May 2001)
    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Employment History
  • Assistant Professor of Graphic Design :
    School of Communication and Arts
    Lynchburg, Virginia

    August 2006 / Present
  • Ursula Design : Freelance Designer
    Lynchburg, Virginia
    August 2004 / Present
  • Blair Marketing : Graphic Designer
    Lynchburg, Virginia
    May 2002 / August 2004
  • Pip Printing : Graphic Designer
    Lynchburg, Virginia
    July 2001 / May 2002

Awards / Publications & Professional Action
  • Lecture (panel), talk on current work: 2010
    East Tennessee State Univeristy, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Paper presentation (panel), "Clean Conscience Design: The role and responsibility of ethics in graphic design, looking backwards and forwards." Session title: "Teaching History of Graphic Design: A bore or a Blast": 2010
    Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC),
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Lecture, "Good Citizenship = Good Design": 2009
    Year of the Citizen Lecture Series
    Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Work published in the Mockingbird Art & Literary Magazine: Second Place Art Award: 2006
  • Addy: 2006
  • Work published in the East Tennessee State University Department of Art & Design E-letter: 2005
  • Work exhibited in the Real Show hosted by the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington: 2001Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

recent exhibitions
  • Solo Exhibition "Make/Think: A Collection of Graphic Design and Linocut Prints": 2012
    Academy of Fine Arts: Lynchburg, Virginia
  • "Third Annual Riverviews Juried Art Show": 2011
    Craddock-Terry Gallery: Lynchburg, Virginia
  • "On Golden Pond": 2010
    Exhibition, Art & Education Building: Lynchburg, Virginia
  • "Faculty Art Exhibition": 2010
    Daura Gallery, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • "Exhibition of 100 Art Alumni": 2010
    Slocumb Gallery, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Solo Exhibition: 2009
    Magnolia Foods, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Art Exhibition: 2008-2009
    Family Preservation Services, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Solo Thesis Exhibition "Tolerance": 2007
    Slocumb Gallery, Johnson City, Tennessee
  • "(Re)Connect", Faculty/Student Show: 2006
    CJMW Architects Gallery, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Graduate Exhibition: 2006
    Carroll Reece Museum,Johnson City, Tennessee
  • "Mute", Graduate Exhibition: 2005
    Carroll Reece Museum,Johnson City, Tennessee
  • "Options" (juror: Mel Chin) Exhibition: 2004
    Slocumb Gallery, Johnson City, Tennessee

What I Can Do For You


By day, I am a full-time professor of graphic design at Lynchburg College and by night a graphic design freelancer for my personal business, Ursula Design. I am also available to speak on a variety of topics associated with design theory and practice, including the history of design, typography, design curriculum, and design activism.

Web Design: I design web sites with the same verve and energy that I apply to corporate identities. Web sites, HTML emails, and web applications all resonate with my knowledge of the habits, perceptions and expectations of the end user. One of the most rewarding aspects of web design is the interactivity and feedback mechanisms of the web which offer a rich canvas to carry out the mission.

Recent Client List

Graphic Design: I work with a vast range of printed formats to develop corporate identities, logos, brochures, annual reports, stationery suites, ad campaigns, sales materials, packaging, brand development, folders and direct mail campaigns. When I work for you, my graphic design comes with a healthy dose of advice, strategy and execution that helps take your efforts to the next level.


Presentations & Talks

I offer professional critiques, and I am available to speak on a variety of topics associated with the field of graphic design.

Please contact me if you are interested.

Contact Me

Ursula BRyanT

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Phone: 434.544.8906
Address:1501 Lakeside Drive /// Lynchburg VA /// 24501

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