News: Program News

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


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!).


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


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.


ONYX Shoe Packaging Project Wins Graphis New Talent Merit Award


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.


AIGA Jefferson Student Group Throws Successful Unity Gala


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.


This Time Last Year: Study Abroad in Roma!


By Charlotte Rymar (Jefferson Graphic Design, 2018)

This time last year, I was exploring Rome, Italy at the University of Arkansas Rome Center. It was the first time in my life that I was truly exposed to a new culture, language, and landscape. I tried my best to immerse myself in italian culture, and by embracing cappuccinos, long dinners, crazy traffic, and lack of personal space, I learned to love what was my new home for those 4 months.


End of Fall 2017 Semester Reviews


There were several days of stellar work on display at the end of Fall 2017 Semester Reviews. Cohort by cohort, class by class, from the Sophomores completing D3 (Intro. to Typography); to the Juniors completing D5 (Intro to Brand Identity); to the Seniors completing D7 (Systems Design Integration).


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. 


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.