Courtney Mayer

  • Assistant Professor


  • M.F.A., Washington State University, Graphic Design
  • B.F.A., Washington State University, Graphic Design and Secondary Teaching Certificate


Courtney brings 21 years of experience as a designer and art director collaborating with businesses, institutions and organizations to produce strategic design and branding. She specializes in designing visual identity systems across media. Her work focuses on distinguishing, positioning and raising profiles that build brand loyalty and positively influence perceptions and emotions. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary collaborations where she guides students on the creation of real-world “Design for Good” projects using Human-Centered Research methods. Before coming to PLNU Courtney was an art director and designer at the University of San Diego where she produced recruitment communications for Public Affairs, Admissions, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools. Prior to that she created Seabright Studio, a strategic design and branding firm. Her work served corporate clients, non-profit arts organizations and higher education. She has taught Visual Identity and Branding Systems, Information Design and typography at San Diego State University. She is excited to share her experiences with the students at PLNU to help them prepare for successful transitions to professional life or graduate school.