about me


jarred elrod, murals
Making Murals, 2018

My name is Jarred Elrod—I’m a proud citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and a Graphic Designer + Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Florida. I’m currently on leave and living my best life in beautiful Polcenigo, Italy with my spouse, who is working as an Operational Psychologist with the United States Air Force.

When I’m not working on self-initiated or client-based creative projects, my primary area of interest is developing cross-discipline methodologies to enhance creative potential and mental resiliency in design students and practicing professionals. I’m particularly interested in the intersection of the creative process and performance psychology and am currently collaborating with my lovely spouse (a licensed Psychologist) on a joint-initiative we call “The Creative Performer.”

As a practitioner, I specialize in illustration, branding, and photography—primarily in the areas of social justice advocacy and theatre. This being said, I’m always open to collaborations / partnerships that lead me outside of my comfort zone. I graduated with my B.F.A. in Graphic Design from West Texas A&M University (go Buffs!) and my M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee (go Vols!—sorry UF friends).

jarred elrod, sketchbook
I draw during all meetings (but I still listen)

I’m super passionate about teaching and have lectured as a Visiting Professor of Graphic Design and Illustration at Gaungxi Arts Institute in Nanning, China and am currently working on a program to teach in Berlin, Germany through the University of Florida International Center (UFIC). My work has been featured in HOW Magazine, the Texas Biennial, and the Bolivia International Poster Biennial. In addition, I’ve lectured and/or run solo and collaborative workshops for AIGA, UCDA, NSSC, CAA and SECAC sanctioned academic conferences.

When I’m not teaching or making things, I can be found on ambitious road trips (tapping out drum beats on the wheel), sipping coffee, or riding wheelies on my bike or enduro motorcycle.


Jarred Elrod, graphic design, illustration, lexi the lab, photography, teacher, university of florida
Me at home with Lexi, 2019 | Photo by Amanda Alexander