Graphic design by Keaton Dillard
Magazine layout by Keaton Dillard.

Graphic design of posters by John Paul Nguyen
Advertising campaign for Topo Chico Hard Seltzer by John Paul Nguyen.

Graphic Design USA recognizes two UNT CVAD students as Students to Watch!

Two CVAD students, Keaton Dillard and John Paul Nguyen, are highlighted as 2024 GDUSA Students to Watch. With the help of many of America’s leading art and design schools and programs, GDUSA again identifies top students ready to burst on the graphic design scene. Some are undergrads, others are graduate or continuing education students, and all have found personal and professional growth through their programs. The GDUSA Students To Watch feature has become a tradition that resonates and renews: the students get recognized, and the professional creative community gets refreshed. As you will see, we focus on the good and great traditional design schools and keep casting our net wide to include wonderful public and private university programs, innovative online and certificate programs, and more.

Keaton Dillard facing forward smiling, short red hair comb back, blue shirt
Keaton Dillard

2024, B.F.A., Communication Design with a concentration in Graphic Design

Dillard is a designer, brother to six, brother-in-law to two, and uncle to one, living in Denton, Texas. Growing up primarily in Cappadocia, Turkey, amidst an enchanting landscape, hot-air balloons, and endless cups of Turkish tea, he developed a deep love of beauty that found its voice in drawing, painting, and typography. He takes great delight in elegant, detailed design, thick business cards, and small folios. Although he appreciates digital art and illustration, he will always be faithful to anything that finds its final voice in the physical, whether it be posters, publications, menus, or packaging. Find more of his work at

John Paul Nguyen facing forward, short dark hair, lavender-color button-down shirt
John Paul Nguyen

2024, B.F.A., Communication Design with a concentration in Graphic Design and a minor in Art History

Nguyen is strongly interested in branding, art direction, and publication design, with a keen interest in the sports design industry. Nguyen hopes to leverage his skills and passion by joining a sports team or a related company. He has always been passionate and driven, eager to bring his creativity and innovative ideas forward. Actively seeking opportunities to grow and make a difference in the design world, he combines technical proficiency with a deep understanding of user-centric design to create captivating visuals that effectively communicate messages and ideas. View his portfolio at

Previously Recognized GDUSA Students to Watch


Isabelle Hollander

Mariangelis Pagan


Ashley Owen

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