Student Work

PhilaU Admissions Playing Cards
Diamonds by Dan Dinsmore
Diamonds by Dan Dinsmore
Spades by Rebecca Cox
Spades by Rebecca Cox
Hearts by Krista Serianni
Hearts by Krista Serianni
Clubs by Giovanni Frias
Clubs by Giovanni Frias

PhilaU Admissions Playing Cards

Design and Illustration: Rebecca Cox, Dan Dinsmore, Giovanni Frias, Krista Serianni

“So, Ya Wanna Design a Deck of Cards?” These were the words uttered by Greg Potts, PhilaU Director of Admissions, to Frank Baseman, Associate Professor and Program Director. Greg was looking for a “premium giveaway piece to impress a prospective student,” something that would be guaranteed to elicit a “Wow! This is cool!” reaction, and have the piece branded back to PhilaU. Greg mentioned a deck of playing cards, and thus the PhilaU Admissions Deck of Playing Cards project was born.

Admittedly, it was kinda hard to turn down a rare offer such as this, so Professor Baseman agreed to take the project on in the Philadelphia University Design Workshop course during the Spring 2013 semester. Four Graphic Design students were recruited to work collaboratively together on the Deck of Cards project. With the PhilaU Admissions Office as the client, each of the students came up with their own unique design of an individual suit, and Illustration guru Adjunct Professor, Mario Zucca, served as a valuable consultant. Rebecca Cox’s suit of Spades was inspired by Mardi Gras and masquerade. Dan Dinsmore drew portraits of famous innovators throughout time such as Leonardo da Vinca and Ben Franklin (including Ace of Diamonds, PhilaU benefactor Maurice Kanbar). Giovanni Frias depicted some stereotypical experiences of a college student from transcripts to acceptance, from the “Freshman 15” to Graduation. And, Krista Serianni was inspired by all manner of fairy tales. The project was produced in the Philadelphia University Design Workshop course. To get your very own PhilaU Deck of Cards, please contact the PhilaU Bookstore. Client: Philadelphia University Office of Admissions.