Rod Thompson is a multi-disciplinary creative designer that specializes in identity branding. Rod’s most recent work includes the athletic re-branding of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. Start-ups and non-profits have been the foundation of his freelance client list. Having worked for a few companies that featured high profile clients, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Dollar General and Coca-Cola, Rod has designed numerous projects both locally and nationwide.
Rod is a first-generation practicing fine artist, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Art from Murray State University in 2001. His formal career as a designer started in 1998, by designing promotional posters for the Murray State University Student Government Association (SGA) Campus Concert Series, for acts like The Dave Matthews Band, Three Doors Down, and comedian Sinbad. In addition to finding a natural love for graphic design while in college, Rod was also a scholarship football player for the Racers.
Recently, Rod obtained a Masters of Fine Arts in Media Design from Full Sail University which yielded formal knowledge of design research methodologies, design thinking and focuses on human-centered design. Rod currently serves as the President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Memphis Chapter, and his goal is to to help establish and curate a relationship between the design community and the citizens of Memphis. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated that serves the City of Memphis in the capacity of community service.