about

Brandon Olsen is currently an Assistant Teaching Professor at Iowa State University. Brandon specializes in brand strategy, identity design, and environmental graphics and his practice focuses on graphic designs ability to respond to uncertainty. He received an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BS in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University. He was formerly a Partner & Design Director at X-Identity in Detroit and has worked at IA Interior Architects and Harley Ellis Devereaux. Brandon has also taught design courses in RISD's Department of Interior Architecture and Lawrence Tech's College of Architecture & Design.

Always looking for new collaborations:
brandontolsen@gmail.com
COURSES TAUGHT:
2023
Placemaking & Branded Experience, Iowa State University, College of Design.

Typography II, Iowa State University, College of Design

Graphic Design Studio II, Iowa State University, College of Design

2022
Graduate Graphic Design Studio I, Iowa State University, College of Design.

Typography I, Iowa State University, College of Design.

Design Studies, Iowa State University, College of Design.

Graphic Design Senior Thesis II, Lawrence Technological University, College of Architecture & Design


2021
Graphic Design Senior Thesis I, Lawrence Technological University, College of Architecture & Design.

Design Principles, Lawrence Technological University, College of Architecture & Design.


2018
Portfolio Preparation & Production, Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Interior Architecture.

2017
Portfolio Preparation & Production, Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Interior Architecture.

TEACHING ASSISTANT:
2017
Identity Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Graphic Design.

Design Studio II, Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Graphic Design.

2016
Design Studio I, Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Graphic Design.

2014
Structures IV, Lawrence Technological University, College of Architecture & Design.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
2018
Play, Practice, Prototype, Critique, RISD Graphic Design Triennial, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island.

Surface Levels, RISD Graduate Exhibition, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island.

2017
Vernacular Spectacular, Gelman Gallery at RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island.

To Whom It May Concern, RISD MFA Graphic Design Biennial, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island.

2016
X,Y, and Z: Graphic Design in Space, Expose Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island.

2015
Reanimate the Ruins, Parallel Projections Design Competition & Finalist Exhibition, Detroit Future Cities, Detroit, Michigan.

LECTURES:
2018
Rhode Island School of Design, MFA Candidate, Public Thesis Defense.

2017
Rhode Island School of Design, MFA Candidate, Public Position Presentation.