Michael J. Durbin
The Art Institute of Houston
As a professional, you must be ready for the major changes that'll happen in your career. Michael J. Durbin , Instructor , The Art Institute of Houston
M.A., Computer Media, Stephen F. Austin State University
B.F.A., Graphic Design, Louisiana Tech University
Professional designer and illustrator with more than 40 years' experience in design and more than 20 years' teaching experience. Clients include Ogilvy and Mather, McCain-Erickson, Fogerty & Klein, Exxon, Pennzoil, Shell, Bectell, Barnum & Bailey Circus, The 1984 World's Fair, Memorial Hospital, Texas Heart Institute, and St. Luke's Hospital . Published in Home and Gardens Magazine and the Quarterly Magazine of South Texas College of Law. Honors include publications in the New York Society of Illustrators Annuals, the Art Directors Club of Houston Merit Award, and the Houston Society of Illustrators Merit Award.
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
I was going to major in music, but one simple word changed my mind: “Math.” That’s when I decided to study advertising.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I have 30-plus years’ experience in graphic design. I’ve work as an art director and illustrator for major design firms and international corporations. That background lets me share a wealth of experiences and tell stories that help make the learning more real for students.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
The midterm assignment in my Image Manipulation class is a layout project. It’s a good example of what most my students will do with Photoshop.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?
Working together with their peers helps prepare students for the workplace, where collaboration is the norm.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
As a professional, you must be ready for the major changes that’ll happen in your career.