Tad Carpenter

Visual Communication Design
Primary office:
Chalmers Hall
Room 300F


Tad Carpenter is an illustrator, designer, and teacher living in sunny, snowy and forever changing Kansas City, Missouri.

Tad has illustrated and designed several children's books, spot illustrations and national campaigns in the current marketplace. He has been featured in Communication Arts, Print, How, Graphis, Grain Edit, Drawn!, Grain Edit, Illustration Mundo and dozens of publications in regards to design and illustration. Tad also teaches graphic design and illustration at the University of Kansas. Rock, Chalk.

Carpenter along with my good friend Dan Padavic joined forces in 2006 to create the screen printing studio Vahalla Studios. A place that specializes in silkscreen goods specifically gig posters, invites, and other silkscreen goods. Vahalla Studios has done work for Myspace, Rayban, Polo, John Mayer, The Shins, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Dashboard Confessional and Neil Young to name a few.

Check out all of Tad Carpenter's work. 

Articles and Interviews
Tad has been featured in SketchBook Sneak Peak on Design Sponge.
FRESH designer profiled in Communication Arts.
Grain Edit. Our latest Grain Edit interview takes us to Kansas City, Missouri–the City of Fountains, headquarters to Hallmark Cards, and home to illustrator and designer Tad Carpenter.
The Great Discontent
Adobe.com Design Center
Design Work Life