Monthly Archives: August 2013

Alumni Profile: “Go West Young Man,” (part 2) Micah Kasman, San Francisco

And, this just in from Micah Kasman (PhilaU GDC, 2003): One year after graduating from Philadelphia University, I found myself at SFO airport with two suitcases and a backpack, moving to Monterey. It was at the Monterey Bay Aquarium where I had an opportunity to work with and learn from the greatest mentor in my career, Art Director Jim Ales. Under Jim’s wing, I had firsthand experience learning and honing my design and business education, and with a design department of three, we built one of the worlds top 100 brands as noted in the 2006 Rebrand100, all while increasing Aquarium membership rates through direct mail campaigns with emotional response.

news_alumni_kasman2From Monterey, I moved up to San Francisco to work with sustainability focused design firm, Celery Design Collaborative. While at Celery, I had the opportunity to be a part of big sustainability initiatives for large companies like HP, Brown-Forman and Sun-Microsystems.

I moved on to work for (at the time) a little Palo Alto start-up called Facebook. It was here that I was brought in to work first as a designer to hone in the marketing design, and later Continue reading

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Alumni Profile: “Go West Young Man,” Ryan Hayes at Chronicle Books, San Francisco

This just in from Ryan Hayes (PhilaU GDC, 2007), Designer at Chronicle Books in San Francisco: Graphic design, as a profession, tends to be very nomadic. One must be willing to look far and wide for opportunities in the field. Last year, I learned this first-hand when I took a position at Chronicle Books as a designer in their Children’s publishing group. While studying at PhilaU—and then while working for five years at Running Press in Philadelphia—Chronicle Books had always been on my radar as a place I’d like to work. The spirit of their publishing, the production value of their books, and the level of design resonated very strongly with me each time I picked up one of their products—to the point that in many cases, I knew a book was a Chronicle Book before I even picked it up.

news_alumni_hayes-sf2And so, when a tweet came across my feed last year saying that Chronicle Books was hiring a full-time designer, I sprang at the opportunity. One phone interview, another on-sight interview, and a cross-country move later, I found myself in San Francisco working on a wide array of projects ranging from Continue reading

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Recent Awards for Graphic Design Students

news_program_adobepennSeveral Graphic Design Communication students have recently continued the rich tradition of having their excellent work recognized in international and national design competitions and publications. Recent graduate J’Nay Penn (PhilaU GDC, 2013) was named a Semifinalist in the Package Design category of the very prestigious 2013 Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA). J’Nay’s design for her game, “Say What?,” was produced in the Package Design course taught by Associate Professor Maribeth Kradel Weitzel. Likewise, Carolina Barbosa was also recognized as a Semifinalist in the Print Communication category of the 2013 ADAA with her magazine project, Exquisito Magazine, which was designed in the Advanced Publication Design course taught by Adjunct Professor (and alum, PhilaU GDC, 2003), Lindsey Crissman. The Adobe Design Achievement Awards is the most prestigious student design competition in the world for students working in Graphic Design, Digital/Interactive Design, Animation, Illustration, Package Design, and Photography (among 12 total categories).


news_program_adobebarbosa1news_program_adobebarbosa2And last but not least, the game designed by Emma Claffy, “Cooties,” also Continue reading

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Alumni Profile: Alex Cohn at KieranTimberlake Architects

news_faculty_cohn_inquiry1Adjunct Professor and Alum, Alex Cohn (PhilaU GDC, 2008), currently works as the Senior Graphic Designer for KieranTimberlake, a prominent internationally recognized Philadelphia architecture firm. As part of a team of many talented designers and architects, Alex has the pleasure of designing books, exhibitions, marketing collateral, building signage, and sculptural building elements. A small selection of projects follows:

KieranTimberlake: Inquiry (Authors: Stephen Kieran, James Timberlake and Karl Wallick. Hardcover, 256 pages, full color)

KieranTimberlake: Inquiry comprehensively documents the beauty and relevance of KieranTimberlake’s unique and celebrated vision. Each section is a grouping of architectural fragments, each sharing some common theme. The book’s structure is meant to reinforce the position that our work as architects should have extended relevance far beyond the primacy of a single object. In other words, that architecture extends across sites, histories and cultures not as singularities, but as vast interrelated systems that have individual characteristics articulated within the whole. Published by Rizzoli, the book was awarded a 2013 Philadelphia Design Award and was named a Notable Design Book of 2011 by Designers & Books.



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Congrats to Mario the Master!

news_faculty_zucca_mfa1It was a busy summer for Adjunct Professor of Illustration, Mario Zucca. In addition to earning his Master’s degree from the University of Hartford’s low-residency MFA in Illustration program, Mario launched a new website of his work. Congratulations, Mario! Check out the new site at





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Alumni Profile: Leslie Graham and Rise and Shine Letterpress

Rise and Shine Letterpress was established in 2009 when Leslie Graham (PhilaU GDC, 2004) and her partner, Ryan Howell, moved their Philadelphia letterpress print studio into an old hardware store in Alexandria, Louisiana. At its heart, Rise and Shine L… Continue reading

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President Spinelli on the value of a higher education: The Philadelphia Inquirer

President Spinelli underscored the value of a higher education in helping students achieve upward mobility through an enhanced career path in a commentary he wrote in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer. In light of President Obama’s proposals last week to try to …

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President Obama’s New Plan to Curb College Costs

In an announcement strategically timed to the beginning of the school year, President Obama last Thursday introduced new proposals to try to reduce college costs for students and families. The President’s desire to make higher education more accessible and affordable …

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President Spinelli on the value of a university education: The Philadelphia Inquirer

President Spinelli discussed the value of a higher education and said students and families should avail themselves of all the information available to make good choices about what schools to attend, he wrote in a commentary in the Aug. 27 …

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Student Activities Fair

Welcome freshmen and back to the under- and upperclassmen! This Tuesday during the Activities Fair in front of Kanbar, StyleLine’s board will be available for you all to talk to if you would like to get involved with our student run publication! We’re excited for this year with many changes and another year for us [...] Continue reading

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