Monthly Archives: September 2014

Textile Design Grad Student Creates Chair for Charity

Graduate Textile Design student Kailey Smith was invited by Robert Allen (with whom she interned) to turn an ordinary chair into a work of art for the International Furnishings and Design Association Take A Seat event. IFDA chapters… Continue reading

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Textile Design Grad Student Creates Chair for Charity

Graduate Textile Design student Kailey Smith was invited by Robert Allen (with whom she interned) to turn an ordinary chair into a work of art for the International Furnishings and Design Association Take A Seat event. IFDA chapters… Continue reading

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Waste not, Want not: Minimize your Purchases and Maximize your Closet

Between trends and classics, what’s in our closets, and what’s in stores, it is easy to get overwhelmed with fashion. Many of us become indecisive, wavering between which clothes to buy and which ones to give away. To ensure that your closet is filled with the best clothing for you, keep in mind these few […] Continue reading

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Architecture Students Impress Finnish Experts with Lighting Designs

Some 50 third-year architecture students spent an intense week studying the complexity of lighting design and creating prototypes as part of a novel workshop headed by two visiting Finnish experts. The PhilaU students were challenged to design a pop-up flash …

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Campus Trends: Fall Is Back, and So Is Plaid!

Last Tuesday was the first day of autumn, and with the start of fall we also start to see students breaking out their plaid. Whether it is a plaid flannel, baby doll dress, romper, vest, pants, or backpacks…the plaid season is upon us. The most popular plaid staple is the plaid flannel, but there are […] Continue reading

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Alt-J: This Is All Yours

Throughout music history, England has blessed the rest of the world with quite a few musical acts who truly bring something new to the table; Led Zeppelin, Depeche Mode, and a little band called The Beatles just to name a few. In 2012, Leeds based indie rock band, Alt-J, made a splash in the music […] Continue reading

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Alumni Profile: Michael Altmann, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

news_alumni_altmann1Three months after graduation, Michael Altmann (PhilaU GDC, 2008) was in-between freelance jobs and had gone on a handful of interviews, unsure if something full-time would actually come through for him. In August of 2008, he got a call from Wharton Executive Education asking him to come in for an appointment, and over six years later he is a Graphic Designer and Photographer, a senior member of the in-house design team working for one of the most well known and prestigious business schools in the world.

“I’m lucky enough to travel, meet executives from Fortune 500 companies, and take part in some exciting design challenges and brand campaigns. Working with such a well known brand as Wharton comes with plenty of challenges, but they all have been rewarding and have taught me so much. One of the biggest things I’ve learned in my time here is the business side of design. Whether it be justifying the reason we’re designing something the way we are (audience, cost, faculty, or urgency), or the limitations put upon us by an international mailing system, these are things that I’ve learned on the job that are Continue reading

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Ten Thousand Villages visits PhilaU Textile Design

Visitors from Manushi, a supplier to Ten Thousand Villages, joined the Textile Design faculty on campus on September 17.  Manushi, based in Nepal, represents artisans across a range of disciplines, including hand-made textile products.  Continue reading

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Ten Thousand Villages visits PhilaU Textile Design

Visitors from Manushi, a supplier to Ten Thousand Villages, joined the Textile Design faculty on campus on September 17.  Manushi, based in Nepal, represents artisans across a range of disciplines, including hand-made textile products.  Continue reading

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Review: Emilio Pucci Spring ’15

Talk about a blast from the past! This Fashion Week, Spring 2015, is so saturated with the hippie vibe that characterizes the 70’s, I thought I might have died and gone back in time to Woodstock. Unfortunately for my rocker hippie alter ego, this is not the case; but that doesn’t mean we can’t have […] Continue reading

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