Robert Probst

Robert Probst

FSEGD, AGI, Professor; Communication Design, Provost Designee

Van Wormer Hall

Exec VP for Academic Affairs & Provost - 0097

Professional Summary

Robert Probst has been a professor of Graphic Design at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, University of Cincinnati since 1978.
He was named Director of the School of Design in 2001. Under his leadership the School received press-recognition as one of the global leaders in design education. He was instrumental in leading the university’s efforts to becoming a member of the international PACE network, Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education.
In 2007 he was appointed Interim Dean and in 2008 he was named Dean of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. As dean, he established a “signage” chair and raised funds to build a “center for urban futures.” In 2011, under his leadership, the university received the designation “Ohio Center of Excellence for Design and Innovation.”
The scope of his work spans a wide range: from two-dimensional graphics, promotional and identity design, multi-dimensional interpretive exhibition work, architectural signage and environmental design to way-finding systems and product development. His professional experience is based on work for cultural, historical, zoological, educational and municipal institutions as well as for the private industry sector.
Robert Probst received his design education from the University of Essen, Germany and the College of Design Basel, Switzerland. He began his professional career in the renowned studio for visual communication of Otl Aicher in Germany in 1975.
Professor Probst’s academic and professional work is featured in numerous national and international publications. He has received many awards from professional organizations. He has lectured at institutions and international conferences in the United States, Mexico, England, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, India, and South Korea.
His work is included in the permanent collections of the Ohio Arts Council, the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum for Design in New York, The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, The Museum of Design Zurich, and the ICOGRADA Hall of Fame, London, (International Council of Graphic Design Associations).
He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Environmental Graphic Design for four years and as President of its Education Foundation for two years. In 1996 he was named Fellow of the SEGD. In 1997 he was elected member of the AGI, Alliance Graphique Internationale. In 2010 he was selected as one of the nation’s top twenty-five design educators and administrators by the Design Futures Council.
Mr. Probst has three children with his wife Alison, — Jasmine, Alistair, and Lyndon.


BS Design, University of Essen Germany,

MS Design, College of Design Basel, Switzerland , 1974

Research and Practice Interests

Graphic Design Environmental Graphic Design Wayfinding Communication Exhibition Design Drawn Design