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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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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 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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This Time Last Year: Study Abroad in Roma!

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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.

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End of Fall 2017 Semester Reviews

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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).

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Getting Inky at Letterpress Workshop at Lead Graffiti

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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. 

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Represent: An Exhibit of Student Projects

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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).

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AIGA Jefferson Student Group Kickoff

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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. 

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Designer, Activist, Woman: A Panel Discussion

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The Graphic Design Communication program at Jefferson recently hosted “Designer, Activist, Woman,” an exciting panel discussion organized by Associate Professor, Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel. The panelists spoke to students about a wide range of inspiring experiences with activist-focused endeavors and helped the students understand how they can use their design skills to promote positive change.

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