Shantanu Suman

Shantanu Suman

Assistant Professor of Art


Room:AJ 317

Shantanu Suman earned his Bachelors degree in Design from Apeejay Institute of Design, Punjab University in New Delhi, India. In 2013, Shantanu graduated with his MFA in Graphic Design from the University of Florida, and immediately held the position of Partner and Creative Director of Open Door Design Studio (ODDS) in Asheville, NC. Before getting his MFA, Shantanu worked as a Senior Art Director in the Indian advertising industry for several international companies including Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather and Publicis Communications. During his stint in advertising, Shantanu won multiple international advertising awards including Cannes Print Silver Lion, D&AD inbook, Clio Bronze and Asia Pacific Adfest. In 2011, Shantanu was ranked 269th position in the all Asia creative ranking by Campaign Brief Asia magazine.

As a Creative Director at ODDS, Shantanu worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from small start-up businesses to international organizations. Some of the well-known clients include Kohler Co., The Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami, Wired Magazine UK, and the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design in Asheville. His design work has been featured in several print and online publications including Uneven Growth – Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Communication Arts Design/Advertising/Typography Annuals, Graphic Design USA, Print Magazine RDA, LogoLounge, Typism, CNN Travel, Identity Designed, The Dieline, Designboom, Uppercase Magazine, and Creative Review. Shantanu has also had quite a bit of success with his documentary film based on the Indian Truck Art which is titled as ‘Horn Please’. The documentary film was an official selection at the CinemAsia Film Festival in Amsterdam, the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, the Auto Moto Film & Arts Festival in Monterey, CA, the New York Indian Film Festival, the Florence Indian Film Festival in Florence, Italy, and the Chicago South Asian Film Festival. The film has also been screened at various universities in the US, Europe and India.

Since joining Ball State University, Shantanu has presented about his academic work at several conferences including Collage Art Association (2018 and 2020), SECAC (2018 and 2019), and UCDA (2019 and 2020). In Spring 2017, he founded Studio 165+ — a student-run design studio course at Ball State University in which students work with regional, national, and international clients. The design work produced by Studio 165+ has been featured in several publications and continues to win regional and national design awards. In 2019 and 2020, students from this course have been included in the “Students to Watch” list and the School of Art Visual Communication program has been featured in the “Top Design Schools” list by Graphic Design USA Magazine.

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