News: 2017

Getting Inky at Letterpress Workshop at Lead Graffiti


Several students in the Design 3, Introduction to Typography course participated in a hands-on letterpress workshop at Lead Graffiti, a full-service letterpress studio/shop in Newark, Delaware. Students got an opportunity to work in the time-honored tradition of letterpress printing—literally pressing letters into paper—while getting inky in a decidedly analog fashion. 


Represent: An Exhibit of Student Projects


Last week was “Represent: An Exhibit of Student Projects,” an event hosted by the Education Committee of AIGA Philadelphia. The event—held at the digital agency Bluecadet’s Philadelphia studio—showcased exceptional design projects from several design schools in the Philadelphia area, including Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University).


AIGA Jefferson Student Group Kickoff


Last week four of our AIGA Jefferson student group’s officers attended the AIGA Philadelphia Student Group Kickoff. The Kickoff was a hit and had students from schools such as Tyler School of Art, West Chester University and Moore College of Art and Design. Surprisingly enough, there are very few active AIGA student groups in Philadelphia. After hearing from the AIGA Philadelphia board, our officers spoke about the AIGA Jefferson student group, describing their roles, and sharing why they love AIGA. 


Designer, Activist, Woman: A Panel Discussion


The Graphic Design Communication program at Jefferson recently hosted “Designer, Activist, Woman,” an exciting panel discussion organized by Associate Professor, Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel. The panelists spoke to students about a wide range of inspiring experiences with activist-focused endeavors and helped the students understand how they can use their design skills to promote positive change.


AIGA Jefferson at 2017 Lancaster Letterpress Fair


This past weekend, a bunch of active AIGA Jefferson Graphic Design students traveled to Lancaster to attend the 2017 Lancaster Letterpress Fair, hosted by the Heritage Press Museum and the .918 Club. They got to support letterpress professionals and craftsmen in the area, along with Professor and Program Director (and proprietor of Base Press), Frank Baseman. Students were able to experience a wide range of printing techniques, such as letterpress for bookmarks and coasters, and well as screen printing a Letterpress Fair poster. Some amazing treasures students took home supporting local letterpress businesses included notebooks, stationery, cards, wood blocks from Moore Wood Type and Virgin Wood Type,  and the Ladies of Letterpress book by Kseniya Thomas and  Jessica C. White.

The Bridges of Beth Emmott


Adjunct Instructor, Beth Emmott, currently has an oil painting, “Wissahickon Bridge: Summer” on exhibit at Imperfect Gallery’s Sixth Annual Germantown Show. The painting is one of a series she is working on entitled “Bridges, not Barriers” in which she explores bridges that connect us.


Golden Moments for Professor Walker and Gold Collective


Assistant Professor Renee Walker‘s studio Gold Collective has enjoyed a fruitful year with local, national, and international recognition. In Fall 2016, Gold was invited to submit a poster for the international Anfachen Award under the theme “World of Women.” Gold’s poster Work, Family, Life was selected and exhibited on the streets of Hamburg, Germany. In addition, two of Gold’s projects were selected and featured in the 2016 Print Regional Design Annual: Exploring Science in the Studio Identity and a letterpress cover for California College of the Arts MFA Writing Book. Judges included Jennifer Morla, Jessica Walsh, Timothy Goodman, Marc English, Gail Anderson and Bill Grant.


Wonderful Recent Developments from Warkulwiz Design Associates


Jefferson Graphic Design long-time adjunct Professor, Bob Warkulwiz, and his design firm Warkulwiz Design Associates (including alum, senior graphic designer Emily Zuwiala (PhilaU GDC, 2010) have been very busy and productive lately. Among the activities and accolades of WDA: Warkulwiz Design Associates was listed among the best graphic design firms in the region for the 9th straight year.


Professor Shirrell Workshop with Franklin Institute’s STEM Scholars


This summer, Beth Shirrell, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Communication at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), along with Neha Agarwal (Senior Experience Designer at Think Company), were asked to run a design thinking and digital product development workshop for 14 high school sophomores enrolled in the Franklin Institute’s Stem Scholars Program. The program’s mission is to increase promising urban students’ matriculation into college and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields by providing a STEM immersion portal to enhance STEM subject knowledge and problem-solving skills. For our workshop, we took students through a series of exercises to develop concepts and wireframes for a mobile app that enabled high schoolers to make healthier diet and activity choices. Students gained an understanding of process as it relates to design, the importance of the user when problem solving and considerations when designing an interface. It was a privilege to be able to introduce the STEM Scholars to the opportunities within the design profession and a lot of fun!


Baseman Exhibition at Penn State


Program Director and Professor, Frank Baseman, will have an exhibition of his design work at Penn State University, Sept. 22 through Oct. 27, 2017. The exhibition, Rebus Quotes and Other Typographic Explorations, will be on display in the Rouse Gallery, within the Stuckeman Family Building on the University Park campus, with a Gallery Talk on Fri. Sept. 22 at 4pm.