Chris Ross

Senior Designer

Fuszion Collaborative

Alexandria, VA

What kind of work are you doing now?

I’m the Senior Designer at Fuszion Collaborative, a full-service design firm with client relationships in a wide range of industries. We have really great clients, including The History Channel, Hasbro, Pepsi, National Geographic, and Time-Life. I get to work on national campaigns and tons of different other projects like logos, packaging, annual reports, and even interactive design.

What is the best thing about being a designer?

The best thing about being a designer is having the opportunity to work with very different clients. No two are alike. One day I could be laying out an annual report for the Ocean Conservancy and the next I could be designing toy packaging for Hasbro. It's this kind of diversity that keeps my job fresh and exciting.

How did the graphic design program at SU prepare you for the real world?

SU taught me how to think on my feet and design anything. To be successful, you can’t just focus on web sites or logo design — the industry just doesn’t work that way. I really appreciated that SU was a liberal arts school. The variety of classes and subjects I had to take made me more versatile, and a better designer.

What are your favorite memories of the graphic design program at SU?

I don't have any specific memory that stands out from my time at Susquehanna. They were all good memories. There is a real sense of community in the classroom and the attention you receive from the professors is unheard of at other schools. I got my first job before I graduated, and since I was unfamiliar with the Washington DC area, my professor drove me three hours to the interview!

What advice do you have for someone choosing a college design program?

That’s a tough question for me since I went to school to play football and wasn’t thinking much about my career afterwards. Still, I feel incredibly lucky that I ended up in the design program at SU, and can’t imagine having gone to a different school. But knowing what I know now, I would tell potential students to do some research before applying to a design program. Try to find one that’s right for you.