News: Program News

New York City Field Trip

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By Abbey Pitzer (Jefferson Graphic Design, 2019) and Jessica Scandiffio (Jefferson Graphic Design, 2019)

In early November an intrepid group of 30+ Jeffferson Graphic Design students and faculty embarked on a field trip to New York City for the day. Our group arrived at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum—a part of the Smithsonian—to see some great exhibitions, in particular one on color. Afternoon activities included visiting the Society of Illustrators Museum; a studio tour of WeWork Headquarters; another studio tour of Open; and a behind-the-scenes view of the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography at the Cooper Union. The field trip was supported by the AIGA Jefferson Student Group.

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2018 Lancaster Letterpress Fair

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An intrepid group of students from the AIGA Jefferson student group made the trek out to Lancaster, PA on a beautiful sunny day to attend the 2018 Lancaster Letterpress Fair. Over thirty vendors were displaying their wares, including Professor Frank Baseman and the work of Base Press. A good time was had by all.

 

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.

 

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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Highest Honors: Jefferson Graphic Design Top Design School and Students to Watch 2018 in Graphic Design USA Magazine

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For the seventh year in a row, the Jefferson Graphic Design Communication program is represented in the prestigious “Students to Watch 2018” issue of Graphic Design USA Magazine. Peter Aston and Zachary Faust were named Students to Watch in the January/February 2018 issue. Peter and Zack were among only approx. seventy students chosen nationwide—and the Jefferson Graphic Design Communication program was among only forty or so Colleges or Universities nationwide—represented with this prestigious distinction to be included in the list of Top Design Schools 2018 by Graphic Design USA Magazine.

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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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AIGA Jefferson Student Group Throws Successful Unity Gala

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By Lauren Faurl (Jefferson Graphic Design, 2018)

While the rise of social media helps students to connect, networking between these students is slim, and communication is often limited to those attending school together. AIGA student groups—as well as AIGA as a whole—is a great tool to bridge this communications gap. AIGA Jefferson recently created Unity: A Poster Gala, to empower and encourage young designers to keep doing what they love to do while encouraging the communication between aspiring student designers within our own community.

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