News: Alumni News

Inaugural Graphic Design Advisory Board

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The Graphic Design Communication program is pleased to announce our inaugural Advisory Board. The board exists to provide a source of strategic advice to the full-time faculty with regard to the future of the industry as it relates to curriculum. The board will also provide an advocacy network for the program and assist in making connections to industry and other resources. The faculty and students of the graphic design program wish to thank the new board members for their generosity and support!

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Alumni, Ali Doucette, named the 2017 AIGA Philadelphia Fresh Award Winner!

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The Fresh Award celebrates one emerging designer who is creating stellar work and breaking boundaries in our local design community.

Ali Doucette graduated from Philadelphia University in 2013. Currently she is a Designer at J2 Design. Perviously she was worked with Karma, Two Paperdolls, DiSanto Design and Steve DeCusatis Design, all of whom are part of the larger PhilaU family.

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PhilaU Graphic Design Discovery Day 2017: Friday March 3, 2017

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PhilaU Graphic Design Discovery Day 2017
For Accepted and Interested Students

The Graphic Design Communication program at Philadelphia University will be hosting Graphic Design Discovery Day 2017 on Friday, March 3, 2017 beginning at 11:00am. This event, held mostly in the DEC Center, is specially designed for Accepted and Interested Students and will provide the deepest dive to what our program is like. Visit classes; meet current and prospective students; and hear from successful alumni. For more information contact Admissions at admissions@philau.edu.

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Employer Panel Discussion Features PhilaU Graphic Design Alums

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A recent panel discussion sponsored by Career Services held at PhilaU featured three PhilaU Graphic Design alums from the Archer Group of Wilmington, DE. Michael Mayton, Creative Director (PhilaU GDC, 2008), Giovanni Frias (PhilaU GDC, 2014), and Bruno Forcine (PhilaU GDC, 2015) participated in the panel discussion entitled “What Employers are Looking for in Portfolio.” The alums spoke to students about what employers look for in a successful portfolio and provided helpful tips to help students land their dream job.

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Visual Explanations for the Science Classroom

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The final set of posters designed for the 8th grade physics classroom

Last year Reesha Grosso (GDC Alum) was preparing her 8th grader science classroom at Garnet Valley Middle school and noticed a lack of well designed engaging posters available for her walls.

“Each year students come to me having been exposed to a decade of sharply designed media, and I want my classroom to feel relevant to this new generation.” says Grosso.

After graduating from PhilaU about a decade ago, Grosso has since obtained a Master’s in science education from UPenn positioning her with a unique perspective of the STEAM (science, tech, engineering, art, math) education model with the ability to bridge science and art.

Grosso brought the problem to her old GDC program and it seemed to be the perfect partnership for the newly revived GD elective Issues in Information Design. Finding better ways to communicate and engage science concepts to young audiences is exactly the type of current topic that can be addressed through good information design.

Professor Walker and Grosso collaborated to come up with a format for the project that would actively involve both the Garnet Valley students and the PhilaU students. Focusing on the Physic topics Grosso covered with her students, groups of Garnet Valley students worked together

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Philadelphia: City of Designerly Love, How Design Article

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In the September issue of the leading industry publication HOW Magazine there is a feature article about the Graphic Design community in Philadelphia. “Philadelphia: City of Designerly Love” highlights several PhilaU faculty and alums. Of the seven firms profiled, Associate Professor Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel and Assistant Professor Renee Walker are featured; and Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman is mentioned. In addition, PhilaU Graphic Design alum Kristian Summerer (PhilaU GDC, 1999) and his firm Machinery are featured. Philadelphia University–and the Integrative Design Process (IDP) course in particular—were mentioned in the article. PhilaU was the only Philadelphia-area design school singled out.

Lost Type Lecture Features Alum Dan Gneiding

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Thurs. Sept. 15, 2016; Reception 6pm, Lecture 7pm

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PhilaU Graphic Design alum Dan Gneiding (PhilaU GDC, 2001), brings his band of merry type collaborators for a lecture by The Lost Type Co-op. The Lost Type Co-op is a distributed, pay-what-you-want type foundry that was founded in 2011. Speakers include: Riley Cran: Founder & Type Director of Lost Type; Daniel “Grayhood” Gneiding: Type/Graphic Designer for Lost Type; Frances MacLeod: Freelance designer, lettering artist and Type Designer for Lost Type; Kenneth Ormandy: Web Designer/Developer and Type Designer for Lost Type; Kelly Thorn: Partner at Charles & Thorn and Type Designer. Sponsored by the Graphic Design Communication program at Philadelphia University in partnership with AIGA Philadelphia.

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Graphic Design Alums Featured in Alumni Article

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PhilaU Graphic Design Communication program alums Colleen Miller and Rick Landers (both PhilaU GDC, 1999) were featured in an article for the monthly PhilaU Alumni Spotlight, “PhilaU Alumni Couple Designed for Success.” The article tracks the course of their design careers and how they have achieved a level of success due in part to how well prepared they were upon graduation thanks to their fine education at PhilaU (Textile).

PhilaU Graphic Design Represented at Adobe Creative Jam

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The Philadelphia University Graphic Design Communication program was well represented at the recent Adobe Creative Jam held at the Painted Bride Art Center. Alums Bernardo Margulis (PhilaU GDC, 2007) and Angela Miles (PhilaU GDC, 2005) were participants in the Creative Jam, while Assistant Professor Renee Walker and Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman were invited to serve as industry judges. Several alums turned out for the event as well. Pictured (from left to right): Ed McCann (PhilaU GDC, 2000); Mike Trusa (PhilaU GDC, 1998); Adjunct Professor Rose DiSanto; Waiel Abdullah (PhilaU GDC, 1999); Assisttant Professor Renee Walker; Ronnie Alley (PhilaU GDC, 2016); Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman; Carolyn Noebels (PhilaU GDC, 2016); Sabrina Pfautz (PhilaU GDC, 2011).

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Unprecedented! Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2016

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In an unprecedented display of creativity and talent the Graphic Design Communication program at Philadelphia University is proud to announce that several Graphic Design students have earned the prestigious award of Semifinalist in the 2016 Adobe Design Achievement Awards. In fact, an unprecedented 21 Semifinalist awards were won by PhilaU Graphic Design students! These students—some now graduated, and now alumni—have continued the rich tradition of having their excellent work recognized in juried, peer-reviewed international and national design competitions and publications.

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