Monthly Archives: July 2016

PhilaU Landscape Architecture Program Helps Create City Green Space: Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia University’s landscape architecture program is helping to develop community green space throughout the city, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported July 16. “There are all sorts of assets in that area that people just can’t get to. We are looking to …

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Textile Designer Interns at Free People

Senior Textile Designer Megan Kohl is having a great summer interning with Free People at their corporate headquarters at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia.  Megan responded to a few questions about her experience:How did you land this internship… Continue reading

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Textile Designer Interns at Free People

Senior Textile Designer Megan Kohl is having a great summer interning with Free People at their corporate headquarters at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia.  Megan responded to a few questions about her experience:How did you land this internship… Continue reading

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The Basketball Tournament Comes to PhilaU This Weekend

For the third consecutive year, Philadelphia University will host the Northeast Regional of The Basketball Tournament (TBT). Alumni teams from Villanova, Temple and LaSalle, as well as former New York Knicks and Syracuse players, will be among those competing for …

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PhilaU Industrial Design Students Create Back-To-School Products for Target

In collaboration with Target and design firm Umbra, two Philadelphia University industrial design students and two recent alumni are having their products manufactured and sold as part of the mega-retailer’s back-to-school line. Under the label Loft by Umbra, the items …

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PhilaU Alumna Creates Smart Glasses to Help Deaf Children Communicate: Observer

Philadelphia University alumna Renee Kakareka ’16 created a startup to develop and market smart glasses to help deaf children communicate, Observer reported July 8. Kakareka, founder and CEO of Olive Devices, first developed the glasses for her senior industrial design …

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PhilaU Architecture Graduate Earns Top Honor in Dencity Competition

Philadelphia University alumnus Lauren Brosius, B.Arch ’15, has earned second place in the 2016 Dencity Competition, a design contest that works to foster new ideas on how to better handle the growing density of unplanned cities and to spread awareness of this global …

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PhilaU Represents at Philadelphia Design Summit

news_program_designerlyloveThe Philadelphia University Graphic Design program was well represented at a recently convened Philadelphia Design Summit gathering of Philadelphia area graphic designers. Ellen Shapiro, Contributing Editor for HOW Magazine, was in town and wanted to speak with a cross section of designers as she will be writing a feature story in an upcoming issue of HOW Magazine on Philadelphia as a City of Design. Tentatively entitled “Philadelphia: The City of Designerly Love,” look for the article soon.

In attendance at the gathering (back row from left to right): Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman, Philadelphia University and Baseman Design Associates; Matt Bouloutian, Modern Good; Max Vandenberg and Paul Kepple, Headcase Design; Brian Jacobson, J2 Design; Woody Harrington, The Heads of State; Ellen Shapiro, Contributing Editor for HOW Magazine; Kristian Summerer (PhilaU GDC, 1999), Machinery Philly; (front row from left to right): Ken Cills, Machinery Philly; Kevin Kernan, GD Loft; Associate Professor Maribeth Kradel Weitzel, Philadelphia University and Kradel Design; Allen Espiritu, GD Loft; and Adjunct Professor Steve DeCusatis, Steve DeCusatis Design. Continue reading

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PhilaU’s Sunderland Develops Rowing Apparel for Olympics: Kansas City Star, Miami Herald, Singapore News and others

Philadelphia University textile engineer Mark Sunderland created innovative seamless rowing apparel with an antimicrobial finish that will be used at the Rio Olympics, reported the Kansas City Star, Miami Herald, Singapore News, Popular Science and ot… Continue reading

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Teaching Chess to Young Children: An Industry Sponsored Project

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In Fall 2016, the Package Design course, taught by Associate Professor Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel, had the unique opportunity to partner with Chess At Three, a New York based company that teaches chess to children as young as age three through a dynamic, character-driven curriculum. Chess at Three came to the graphic design program with a set of hilarious and creative stories that attached individual character personas to each chess piece to explain how that piece would move. For example, King Shakees (one of the king pieces) only moves one square at a time in any direction because he is extremely cautious. He lives in a castle made of pillows!

Using the stories as a jumping off point, students worked to create a visual culture around the existing narrative. Students created packaging, book, character and game piece component proposals. A select group of three students moved forward with the work as their capstone project in the spring semester.

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Veronica Llamas (’16, currently employed at Muhlenhaupt + Company, llc), Nicole Meyer (’16, currently employed at <a href="http://www.mccannhumancare.com/" Continue reading

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