Steph Hooton

Steph Hooton
Professorial Lecturer,
Graphic Design Program
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Steph Hooton has over 30 years of experience in the field of visual communications and is a subject matter expert in design and photography.

Current and Past Outside Positions

Ms. Hooton a principal and founding partner of Pictogram Studio. Established in 1988, Pictogram is a multi-disciplinary firm specializing in creative products and services. Among the many satisfied clients Ms. Hooton has provided outstanding service to are: U.S. Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Sallie Mae, Inova Health Systems, American University, Nordstrom and Mobil.

Steph has served as a Board Member and Committee Member for the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington. She has also served on various Committees of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (America’s largest and oldest national organization for design professionals), where she has been a member for over 30 years.



Steph is the recipient of scores of awards, and her work is well represented in over 50 major international and national industry publications. Additionally, Ms. Hooton’s work has been featured in such mainstream national media venues as CBS Evening News, USA Today and Washington Post.

Steph is active in both local and national professional communication arts communities. Ms. Hooton’s work has been exhibited throughout the region. She has taught at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, as well as other regional schools, for over 15 years. Steph has judged numerous awards and scholarship programs, sat on panels and discussion groups at local events and contributed articles to communication arts publications.


Steph received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, Ms. Hooton is one of the few visual communicators in the United States to have been accepted into Yale University’s Graduate Summer Program, held in Brissago Switzerland, where she studied with Paul Rand, Armin Hofmann and Wolfgang Weingart.