News: Faculty News

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.

 

Baseman on Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship Panel at Penn State Startup Week

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Program Director and Professor of Graphic Design Communication Frank Baseman was invited to participate on a panel discussion on Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship during Penn State Startup Week at (his alma mater) Penn State University, University Park campus. The panel was moderated by Kelleann Foster, Director of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Penn State. Frank was joined on the panel by Maggie Hanson, Visiting Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, Penn State University; and Dan Rowland, Creative Director of Rowland Creative, State College, PA.

New Impressions 2018

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Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman was honored to be included in the upcoming exhibition, New Impressions 2018, with a recent letterpress print. 

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ONYX Shoe Packaging Project Wins Graphis New Talent Merit Award

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The ONYX Shoe Packaging project designed by senior-year student Paige Graff has won a Merit Award in the 2018 Graphis New Talent Design Annual. The project was completed in the Package Design course taught by Associate Professor Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel in Fall 2017.

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Modern Monsters Website Wins Award

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On January 14, 2018 Bluecadet’s website, Modern Monsters, was named site of the day on the Awwwards website. Adjunct faculty member Elizabeth Russell was the project manager and led the content development of the experience.

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AIGA Jefferson at 2017 Lancaster Letterpress Fair

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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

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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.

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Golden Moments for Professor Walker and Gold Collective

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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.

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Wonderful Recent Developments from Warkulwiz Design Associates

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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.

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Professor Shirrell Workshop with Franklin Institute’s STEM Scholars

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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!

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