Alumni Spotlight: Graydon Driver, ‘16, Design Studies

Graydon Driver’s key art designs were used for the video game Call of Duty: Vanguard, the best-selling first-person shooter franchise, which was featured in USA Today! Graydon helped make Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War, and Modern Warfare, the top 2 selling games in 2020, and his photography was featured in both Forbes and Billboard!

Why did you choose to study your particular major?

I was originally undeclared. I wasn't sure exactly what to pursue. By my sophomore year, I had made a few friends in the Graphic Design program, and they all spoke highly of it. I enrolled, and immediately took interest in the classes I was in. I had grown up in a creative household, but never really considered applying it professionally. I'm grateful God led me down this path, because I love what I do!

What was the most meaningful experience you had at APU?

I took a design class with Professor Nate Lu; that class changed my life. It set a fire in me that showed me I needed to dive deeper into design. Nate created a class that showed us something comparable to how an actual agency functions - through that, I learned how to pitch concepts, the work required to go above and beyond, and how to communicate properly.

In what ways would you like to see APU serving its alumni community?

By praying for us continuously.

Where do you pull inspiration from in your craft?

I look to industry titans and find their personal portfolios online through LinkedIn. I also constantly lurk Pinterest, Behance, Dribbble, and other creative sites.

What is one of your most trusted resources (book, podcast, specific tool etc) in your craft/creative process?

Phlearn, The Futur, and Benny Productions [are some of the resources I turn to for my creative process.] | @itakeaveragephotos

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