Graphic Design

OPA’s graphic design team helps campus clients reach their audiences through a strong visual identity within the university’s consistent brand. Quality service and timely delivery are part of the team’s core responsibilities, along with aiding clients in gaining more success for their campus units. Print materials such as brochures and postcards are among the most requested assets, along with e-newsletters, digital flyers, web advertisements and more. Accurate, tightly edited, and well-designed materials are the result of the design team’s complimentary services produced in a one-stop shop. Campus clients only pay expenses for printing and shipping, while OPA designers assist with identifying commercial printers and even licensed vendors who produce specialty items such as T-shirts, writing pens and mugs.

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Our Work

Staff Appreciation T-shirt design by Hayley Gilmore
Maroon Edition poster promotion for yearly book selection by Tim Myers
Side bar illustration of Fresh Tomato Basil Bruschetta for a story in Alumnus, displayed in print and online by Hayley Gilmore
Maroon Edition 2017 Book Selection promotional pieces by Hayley Gilmore

Bulldog Bash Poster headlining T-Pain, Illustration by Eric Abbot
MSU birthday card with Jak the school mascot on the font, watercolor illustration by Eric Abbott
LINC flyer and matching mailer by Tim Myers
Alumnus magazine designed by Heather Rowe

Women's History Month social media graphic by Hayley Gilmore
Infographic for DVM class of 2024 by Hayley Gilmore
Original illustration work for Latino Student Association's T-shirt by Eric Abbott
Graphics for social media platforms to promote story content at MSU by Hayely Gilmore

Poster promoting the Lycum Series performer Patti LaBelle by Hayley Gilmore
Original Illustriation for T-shirt promoting studeng organization Chem Dawgs by Eric Abbott
College of Education Information Flyer by Tim Myers
Bulldog Bash Poster with headliner All-American Rejects, illustration  and design by Eric Abbott

What We Do

  • Advertisements
  • Annual Reports
  • Banner/Displays
  • Brochures (tri-fold, specialty, multi-paged)
  • Business Card
  • Cards (fold over, panel, etc.)
  • Certificates
  • Event Programs
  • Graphics for Apparel and Promotional Items
  • Logos
  • Magazines
  • Newsletters
  • Postcards & Mailers
  • Posters or Flyers
  • Rack Cards
  • Signage
  • Social Media Graphic Support
  • And much more

How to Start

Submit a project request form; a designer will be assigned to the request.


Submit the publication text via the automated email sent to clients after submission of the project request form or  by simply emailing the designer assigned to the project

 Send text copy prepared using the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx, .txt, rtf. File formats not accepted include: .pub - Publisher files.

Files created in other applications, like Publisher or Canva, should be exported as a PDF and also have their text of the piece copied and pasted into a Word document to share with OPA.

In preparing  the text document with  the content, it is best to avoid using italic, boldface, centering or underlining in this document. In fact, there is no need to format  text at all. OPA editors and designers will format it while preparing it for publication.

Also, it is helpful to know the project’s budget.  OPA designers are adept at working within budget constraints.


Clients are able to correct errors or make changes before a publication is sent to the printer. A hard copy proof also can be requested for approval. However, changes at this stage can result in extra charges. In most instances, the publication will be printed by the printer that submits the lowest quote, based on specifications provided.


There is no charge for editorial or design services. Billing for printing is sent directly from our office to  the appropriate office, college, department or school.


Each publication is tailor-made to serve specific areas of the campus community. Therefore, allow ample time for the many production steps to minimize chances of error and ensure quality design. Also consider and allow for production time with the print vendor when placing  a request. This timeline can vary, but it is typically 10-14 business days from receiving files to the delivery of the printed product – depending on the size and quantity of the piece.

OPA also can help in matters involving the university symbols and can provide electronic versions of these symbols. For correct symbol usage, take a look at  the university’s Visual Identity Manual.


Graphic design is crucial to the success of publications. They can attract attention and help focus readers on the intended message that will be in competition for the reader’s attention with countless other written communications. No matter how important  the message, it may not be received if  the publication is not packaged effectively. OPA’s publications group takes pride in professionally designed publications, which not only are national award winners but also have been praised by campus clients and their constituents.


Editors not only perform copy editing; they also review a publication for structure and organization. Good editing organizes the written material for unity, coherence and emphasis. OPA editors have vast experience in explaining what is important about Mississippi State University. They know what areas should be emphasized in a particular publication and have the most up-to-date facts and figures at their fingertips.


Contact OPA Photographic Services  with questions and for information regarding photography needs. Visit the photography request form to inquire about photos and how to access them.