Return Design is a design studio located on the campus of Gordon College that is comprised of college students who work with Creative Director Tim Ferguson Sauder to deliver design solutions to nonprofit and art-related organizations. With the support of Return Design alums and a number of outside partners, the studio helps those who help others and are doing important things to effectively serve their clientele.

The Story

In 2004, designer Tim Ferguson Sauder was looking for a way to combine his love for design with his commitment to working for the common good. His solution? Return Design. Tim began Return Design in an empty closet in the Barrington Center for the Arts at Gordon College and it has since become a well-known design studio that has garnered international attention. Amidst the expansion and growth of the organization, its mission has remained unchanged: teaching students design in a way that supports nonprofits.

Return Design is as much about design solutions as it is about people--student designers and clients. Return Design hires talented students that are committed to the creative process, producing professional work, and providing helpful follow-through support to help clients utilize design effectively. After working with Return Design, interns have landed jobs with Oprah Magazine, Smashbox Studios, Sapient, Burton Snowboards, and Reebok.

The Space

Return Design is located in an open studio space on the Gordon College campus just north of Boston. Complete with a seamless backdrop for photo shoots, the studio is located on the same floor as the campus Design Center/Print Shop, which allows for the end to end production of almost any creative endeavor.

Thank You Gordon College

Return Design is made possible by the generous support of Gordon College - one of the nation's premier Christian colleges and located just north of Boston. Gordon offers students extraordinary access to leading-edge opportunities for intellectual, professional, and leadership development to address the increasingly complex challenges of a global society.