Member Monday: Jordan Staats

This week’s Member Monday features Jordan Staats. Follow Jordan on Instagram or follow on twitter. Check out his work.

Describe yourself in one sentence

Husband; Dogfather; Designer; Buckeye-now-Broad Rippler

Where do you work/go to school?

I am an exhibit designer at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. I create graphic design for new and core exhibits along with gallery layouts and interactives to develop immersive museum experiences.

Favorite program/tools to use for designing?

Most of my time is spent in Illustrator, but I also use other programs from Photoshop to Sketchbook. I love an excuse to stretch myself into different tools and mediums every chance I get.

Design hero?

There are too many to mention… I am constantly provoked and inspired by Michael Bierut and the incredible designers at Pentagram.

Favorite thing to do outside of work?

I have a passion for discovering new places and cultures with my wife. We try to travel as much and as often as possible from near to far. I’m also a huge geek and connoisseur of movies, TV and books (mostly of the superhero or Disney variety).

Favorite place in Indy?

I love exploring Broad Ripple – Strolling the Monon and popping into any of the neighborhood’s great spots for food and drink.

How and why did you get involved with AIGA? Approximately how long have you been involved with the organization?

As a newly-grad and young professional arriving in Indianapolis from Columbus, Ohio, I found myself with the need and desire for a design community where I could find not only professional networking but creative growth and inspiration. I have now been a part of AIGA Indy for a year and am loving the professional and personal opportunities that are available.

What are you currently working on?

The Indiana State Museum recently opened its newest exhibit FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis – An exhibit I spent over a year designing. It’s an important and relevant topic to all of us, and means a lot to me personally. I poured a lot of time, energy and emotion into designing the experience; It was challenging to design in such a way to feel welcoming and open while effective in shifting the conversation and breaking the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder. It’s my greatest professional achievement yet.

Any projects you want to highlight?

Aside from FIX, you can see and experience my work at the Indiana State Museum or via my portfolio at

By Kailee Koehler
Published February 17, 2020