Artistic alum named to prestigious list

Taylor Goad
Taylor Goad

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) alumnus Taylor Goad was recently named to the “20 Under 30” list by Print magazine, which celebrates young designers who are making a mark in the art world.

Print reviews thousands of illustrators, photographers and designers, and honors the top 20 with the New Visual Artist designation.

“It’s a huge honor and is definitely a big milestone for my career so far,” Goad said. It’s nice to be acknowledged for your hard work by your peers and by an industry magazine.”

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in communication design from OC in 2011, Goad went to work for Gardner Design in Wichita, Kan. He has also worked as a designer for Funnel Design Group in Oklahoma City and for 160Over90 in Philadelphia. He currently is a designer for Hatch Design in San Francisco.

“My career so far has been a little bit of an adventure; I’ve lived in four different states in the three years I’ve been out of school,” Goad said. “I plan to keep working hard and see what God has in store for me. At some point down the road, I think I would like to open up my design shop with my wife.”

Goad’s work can be seen at It has been featured on Grain Edit, Brand New Classroom, The Dieline, DesignWorkLife, LogoLounge 7 & 8, Lost Type Co-Op, Lovely Package, HOW Magazine and CMYK.

“Taylor is talented and he is willing to take a risk,” said Michael O’Keefe, professor and director of communication design at Oklahoma Christian. “It’s when you take risks that you get the biggest reward.”

Goad lists Scott Hill and Matthew Goad, fellow graduates of OC’s Communication Design program, as two of his influencers. Hill started his own design company, Foundry Collective. Matthew Goad is the creative director at Funnel Design Group.

“I’ve very thankful I went to Oklahoma Christian. The education I received at OC really was second to none,” Goad said. “I’ve worked with people who went to ‘brand name’ design and art schools, and I feel I was much more prepared for my career.”

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.