Derksen is originally from Canada, where he went to the University of Manitobas' architecture school. Under Jorge Frascara, he studied visual communication design, at the University of Alberta integrating user-centred design philosophy with visual communication strategies. His graduate research entitled, "Jury Perceptions of Animation," studied re-enactments of a crime scene to determine the prejudicial impact on a jury. A professor of design at Winthrop University, Derksen is active in the practice, and research of visual information and communication design. His published work includes: "Jury Perception and the Uncanny Valley", "Film as Surrogate to Reality", "A Strategy for Teaching Technology", and "Design Processes: Interacting between Designer, Developer, and Marketer." He has also worked on projects for the Piedmont Medical Center, the Democratic National Convention and Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden.
Visual Communication Design
M.Des., Visual Communication Design, University of Alberta