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Class of 2018 Student Awards

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We bid farewell and adieu to the Jefferson Graphic Design Class of 2018 and congratulate them on their awards and successes. We have a lovely traditional of Top 5 Portfolios here and the results are in: No. 1 Portfolio, Charlotte Rymar; No. 2, Zack Faust; No. 3, Joelle Rush; No. 4, Devon Strine; and No. 5, Katie Witmer. And winning Top Capstone, was Devon Strine. Charlotte Rymar was also awarded the SDE Award for Excellence in Graphic Design (aka Top Senior Award). We wish you all hearty congrats and much future success, and goodbye to the entire class. Please stay in touch and let us know how you make it out there in the Real World.

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Graduation 2018

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Congrats Jefferson Graphic Design Class of 2018! A talented and energetic bunch, we are so excited to see where life leads you guys next. Please stay in touch, and go forward and prosper! Best wishes!

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End of Semester Spring 2018 Reviews and Senior Exit Interviews

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For a while there with all of the snow and crazy weather it felt like Spring would never come. But it was quite an exciting end to the very busy Spring 2018 semester. There was a lot of very strong work on display from all of the cohorts at the End of Semester Reviews.

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Design Thinking Workshop Led by IBM Strategist

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Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) hosted a design thinking workshop on April 5 for East Falls and Center City faculty. At the event, facilitated by Amber Atkins, lead design strategist at IBM Design for Services, attendees participated in a series of activities and learned methodologies to improve their professional and educational practice. Faculty members came from various programs across both campuses, including Occupational Therapy, Graphic Design Communication, Population Health, Landscape Architecture and Engineering. “This workshop was a great opportunity for faculty to learn about different approaches for problem framing, research and ideation across disciplines,” said Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel, Associate Professor of Graphic Design Communication, who organized the event.

 

Alum Ronnie Alley at Adobe San Fran

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Adobe was looking for ways to increase their online presence and drive user engagement for their online portfolio website, Behance. The solution they came up with was a weekly design stream that would be shot live, where anyone watching from around the world could tune in and interact with the featured designers. Each week would focus on a different field in design; be it graphic design, illustration, typography, UI/UX, etc. The designer’s that Adobe chose to feature on these live streams would come from a wide array of backgrounds and levels of experience. Alum Ronnie Alley (2016) was recently fortunate enough to be approached by Adobe to be one of their featured designers during a week focusing on graphic design.

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Graphic Design Discovery Day 2018 and Real World Jefferson Graphic Design Alumni Event

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The Graphic Design Communication program proudly welcomed back a stellar lineup of alums at the annual Real World 2018 Jefferson Graphic Design Alumni event. The seats were packed in the DEC Center Forum with prospective students and parents attending the Graphic Design Discovery Day, as well as current students (regardless that their attendance was required!) to hear the “pearls of wisdom” offered by those that have made their way in the real world (yes, there is life after college!).

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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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Aaron Draplin’s Pretty Much Everything Workshop and Lecture

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On the Spring leg of his book tour, influential designer Aaron Drapkin gave an exciting, jam-packed lecture at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). Draplin also led a logo development workshop with current students.

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PhilaU Graphic Design End of Fall 2016 Semester Reviews and Nexus Learning

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A tradition that we have here in the PhilaU Graphic Design Communication program is to have end of semester “All-Class Reviews.” That is, we gather the students by “cohort” (all Sophomores, all Juniors, etc.) to see what they have been up to, and after being in the program just one semester students know and understand this tradition. It is a time to come together as a larger class (not just a few sections), to be with friends, peers and colleagues; and it is a great way for the overall faculty to conduct assessment of what is happening in the program. To take a pulse of the program if you will. And if this past Fall 2016 semester is any indication, the work coming out of the program at this moment is very strong!

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PhilaU Day of Giving 2017 Industry-Sponsored Project

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As a part of the Design 5 Introduction to Branding and Identity course during the Fall 2016 semester junior-year students were tasked to work on the branding and identity of the 2017 PhilaU Day of Giving. This annual philanthropic event engages all members of the PhilaU community—current students, faculty and staff, alumni—to gather, energize and mobilize to raise funds for scholarships and other activities at the University. Students were asked to design a cohesive, creative approach to raise awareness about the event.

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