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We are passionate and determined. We embrace and drive change. We pursue growth and knowledge. We consider clients our creative comrades; we value and respect your input, ideas, and direction. We welcome coffee and snacks — neither of which last long. 


As a team of young creatives, we have established a unique student-led design studio focused on collaboration and learning. Creating solutions that are grounded in fresh, forward-thinking perspectives, we strive to formulate connections that extend further than both Ball State University and the Muncie Community.  We are communicators, intellectuals, and visual problem-solvers that embrace the diversity of ideas to create appealing, functional design. Studio 165+ is dedicated to committing one hundred and sixty-five minutes each week in studio plus the additional dedication to ensure quality results.

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Shantanu is a Graphic Designer and Art Director from India who currently works as an Assistant professor of Art (Visual Communication) at Ball State University.

In 2013, he graduated with his MFA in Graphic Design from University of Florida and immediately held the position of Partner and Creative Director of Open Door Design Studio (ODDS). Before getting his MFA, Shantanu worked as an Art Director in the Indian advertising industry for several international companies including Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather and Publicis Communications and has won multiple international advertising awards including Cannes Silver Lion, D&AD inbook, Clio Bronze and Asia Pacific Adfest. 


As a Creative Director at ODDS, Shantanu has worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from small start-up businesses to international organizations. Some of the well-known clients include Kohler Co., The Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami, Wired Magazine UK, and the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design in Asheville. His design work has been featured in several print and online publications including Type Director’s Annual, Uneven Growth – Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Communication Arts Annuals (Advertising, Design, and Typography), Print Magazine Regional Design Annuals, Graphic Design USA, and LogoLounge.



Studio 165+ is a professional graphic design course that aims to offer a rich academic experience with an emphasis on real-world application through design and marketing campaigns across multiple media platforms. In the first five semesters, Studio 165+ has worked with some reputable clients including Mayor’s Arts Award, WCRD Radio, The Facing Project, Muncie Arts & Culture Trail, Muncie’s Bridge Dinner, PlySpace Residency, Sutton Foster, and Queer Chocolatier. The studio continues to add newer projects to its repertoire and grow with the passion and determinations of its members. 


Here are the students who have established Studio 165+

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