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Youngstown Design WORKS

We are a student-run graphic and interactive design agency providing the Mahoning Valley affordable, high-quality design solutions.

Youngstown Design Works (YDW) is a student-run design agency and graded practicum course serving Youngstown-based for-profit and non-profit organizations with high-quality graphic and interactive design services while providing design students with unique professional learning experiences.

Making an Impact in the Mahoning Valley

Since its inception, YDW has established a reputation for offering innovative creative design solutions and community-focused programming for the Mahoning Valley business community. Programs like the “Pop-Up Design Shops” have gained significant attraction and participation in many local and nationwide economic development and arts-based grant proposals (such as NEA Our Town, NEH, ARTPLACE, Creativity Connects, National Endowment for the Humanities, Puffin West Foundation, and more) have elevated YDW beyond being a services provider and into a fully-invested partner in community transformation.

A Partner in the Community

YDW has worked with over 125 individual clients in the Mahoning Valley and have raised over $15,000! Recently, the City of Youngstown secured $100,00 for the YDW-created “City of You” branding and advertising campaign.

Featured Case Studies

View some of our work in the images below

Lit Youngstown Logo
Old Furnace District Logo
Crandall Park North Logo
Good Design Works Logo
Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley Logo
Park One Range One Logo

Design Services


Branding • Print Design • Web Design

All profits benefit the Youngstown Design Works program, financing technology purchases, competitions, travel experiences, and more. Our hourly rate is $50 an hour for all services – you set the budget and the deadline and we work within those limitations to provide you with the highest possible quality work product that we can create. Thank you for considering us!

RJ Thompson
Director
Youngstown Design Works

Bliss Hall
Department of Art
One University Plaza
Youngstown State University
Youngstown, Ohio

1-412-779-7665