Missouri State University
Alex Crowder

Alex Crowder

  • Co-owner - Canopy Collective
  • Springfield, Missouri
  • BFA: Graphic Design

Graphic Design in the real world

Graphic Design graduate from MSU co-owns a start-up

Where you are currently working/studying:
I co-own The Canopy Collective

 Description of what you're doing:
Through The Canopy, I do design and videography work for various clients. It’s great because I really am in charge of my own schedule and try to work on as many different types of projects as I can. I get bored easily and this has helped me stay motivated creatively.

How did your education at MSU prepare you for the field you are in?
The design program at MSU is one of the best in the biz. Cedomir Kostovic, Maria Michalczyk, Eric Pervukin and Marcus Howell are all incredible artists who willingly share their talents, experiences and knowledge. They truly care about each student and their growth. Much like real life, your growth as a designer is up to you and you have great resources at MSU.  

What was your favorite part about the Art + Design Department? 
It's incredibly rigorous. I think I slept a total of 7 hours a week. It feels like design bootcamp most of the time but the pressure is good for you.