PhilaU’s Design Publication SPACEWORK Wins Franklin Award for Excellence

The design of SPACEWORK consists of a minimal use of color, clean typography and a minimalist cover.

SPACEWORK’s design consists of a minimal use of color, clean typography and a minimalist cover.

Philadelphia University’s SPACEWORK 02 won a Franklin Award for Excellence in the category of “catalog: over 32 pages including cover” in the 2016 NeoGraphics Competition. The annual design publication produced by students in PhilaU’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) will receive the award at a ceremony on May 12.

Managed by the Graphic Arts Association, NeoGraphics is one of the nation’s largest regional graphic communications competitions. Each year, NeoGraphics receives approximately 500 entries in some 70 categories by more than 60 printing and design companies for the Franklin awards.

“This award is a big accomplishment because it demonstrates that our students are competitive within the real-world design industry, in this case with professional book designers and graphic artists,” said Donald Dunham, associate director, Master of Architecture Program, CABE. “It is another example that Philadelphia University’s approach to education–innovation and collaboration in the real-world–is making a real difference.”

The idea for SPACEWORK came from a group of graduating architecture students from the class of 2014, explained editor Jessie Nonnenman ’16.

“They thought that because PhilaU students and faculty are encouraged to design and think about a range of architectural theories, we should have a publication to capture the wide range of creativity that comes from CABE and also to initiate conversations within the studio,” said Nonnenman, an architecture major. “However, we were careful not to make SPACEWORK a yearbook. Student work is curated around different chapters and organized so projects from any year of any CABE program are often featured side-by-side.”

 The staff of SPACEWORK earned the Franklin Award in the category of “catalog: over 32 pages including cover” in the 2016 NeoGraphics Competition.


The staff of SPACEWORK earned the Franklin Award in the category of “catalog: over 32 pages including cover” in the 2016 NeoGraphics Competition.

As a designer for SPACEWORK, architecture major Kristin Pool ’15 sought to make the publication a canvas for the contributors’ projects and interviews. Its design consists of a minimal use of color, clean typography and a minimalist cover.

“We wanted the book to stand out on the shelves,” she said. “The white cover with embossed cubes is a design that helps to give SPACEWORK an identity of its own and entice readers to keep reading.”

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