Colby Wilkerson

Colby Wilkerson


Colby Wilkerson is senior in the Design and Visual Communications program at UWM. In addition, as if being full-time student wasn’t enough, he works as a full-time manager at a local restaurant and has two internships with UWM’s School of Information Studies as a graphic design intern. Colby gets a wide variety of skills from these demanding commitments that made him the well rounded designer and time manager that he is today.

Colby tends to design for the “little guy” and works to give a voice, by use of design, to those who may not be represented well overall. He has created several pieces that support the LGBT community because he loves the variety of the walks of life that come from the community and the stories they tell. There is a ton of work needed to visually represent what the LGBT community truly has to offer and that is what Colby loves to work to support.

With what little free time Colby currently gets, you can find him easily with his nose in a book at the local bookstore — he’ll be the one wearing the cat shirt, a signature trait of his. He plans to grow his knowledge and design skills as he prepares to enter the design field.


My manifesto brings together my serious outlook on the work that I create / plan to create through the usage of graphic design but mixes that with the playfulness of the graphic t-shirts I am known to wear. My love of expression through the means of graphic tees led me to create my own line of shirts that could be put into my regular routine of cat shirts, Bob Ross shirts, and other ironic t-shirts while holding a very serious outlook on life and design. I also took it as an opportunity to critique high fashion by creating advertising posters featuring myself these shirts, in poses inspired by high fashion magazines, to show that you don’t have to wear the most expensive clothing to express yourself to the world around you.