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Alum Ronnie Alley at Adobe San Fran

Adobe was looking for ways to increase their online presence and drive user engagement for their online portfolio website, Behance. The solution they came up with was a weekly design stream that would be shot live, where anyone watching from around the world could tune in and interact with the featured designers. Each week would focus on a different field in design; be it graphic design, illustration, typography, UI/UX, etc. The designer’s that Adobe chose to feature on these live streams would come from a wide array of backgrounds and levels of experience. Alum Ronnie Alley (2016) was recently fortunate enough to be approached by Adobe to be one of their featured designers during a week focusing on graphic design. news_program_ronnieadobe2So in mid February for two hours a day, for three days Ronnie worked on a design project live and answered any questions that the audience watching at home would have. During those three sessions Ronnie worked on the redesign of his personal branding; with the first day focusing on the logo, second on a supporting illustration, and the last day was spent applying different assets to a full design Continue reading

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Graphic Design Discovery Day 2018 and Real World Jefferson Graphic Design Alumni Event

news_program_2018discoveryday1The Graphic Design Communication program proudly welcomed back a stellar lineup of alums at the annual Real World 2018 Jefferson Graphic Design Alumni event. The seats were packed in the DEC Center Forum with prospective students and parents attending the Graphic Design Discovery Day, as well as current students (regardless that their attendance was required!) to hear the “pearls of wisdom” offered by those that have made their way in the real world (yes, there is life after college!). In a panel discussion format, recent graduates of the Jefferson (PhilaU) Graphic Design program shared their career advice and experiences and useful job-searching information with the audience. Thanks everyone for coming back to see us, and for giving us your valuable time—please continue to stay in touch!news_program_2018discoveryday2news_program_2018discoveryday3The stellar alumni lineup (left to right): Elissa Flanigan (2014), Designer, Quirk Books, Phila. PA; RonnieAlley (2016), Designer, Pixel Parlor, Phila. PA; Caroline Noebels (2016), Graphic Designer, Push10, Phila. PA; Kendra Stepp-Davis (2016), Junior Graphic Designer, Bombas,  New York, NY; Jessica Eversmeyer (2015), Senior Graphic Designer, 20nine, Continue reading

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Inaugural Graphic Design Advisory Board

The Graphic Design Communication program is pleased to announce our inaugural Advisory Board. The board exists to provide a source of strategic advice to the full-time faculty with regard to the future of the industry as it relates to curriculum. The … Continue reading

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Alumni, Ali Doucette, named the 2017 AIGA Philadelphia Fresh Award Winner!


The Fresh Award celebrates one emerging designer who is creating stellar work and breaking boundaries in our local design community.

Ali Doucette graduated from Philadelphia University in 2013. Currently she is a Designer at J2 Design. Perviously she was worked with Karma, Two Paperdolls, DiSanto Design and Steve DeCusatis Design, all of whom are part of the larger PhilaU family.

“I definitely would not be where I am today without the network PhilaU gave me. Really using the network of professors and alumni was such a treasure and something that I’m so glad I didn’t take for granted.”


The Graphic Design Communication program at PhilaU prepares students to enter the ever-changing landscape of the graphic design profession by teaching them to think as design strategists. Ali is the perfect example of this:

“I also felt like PhilaU really gave me the desire to always be inspired. We had a somewhat competitive class, but I had a group of classmates that were just genuinely inspired by work. We encouraged each other, and we’re excited for each other. I think that Continue reading

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PhilaU Graphic Design Discovery Day 2017: Friday March 3, 2017

PhilaU Graphic Design Discovery Day 2017
For Accepted and Interested Students

The Graphic Design Communication program at Philadelphia University will be hosting Graphic Design Discovery Day 2017 on Friday, March 3, 2017 beginning at 11:00am. This event, held mostly in the DEC Center, is specially designed for Accepted and Interested Students and will provide the deepest dive to what our program is like. Visit classes; meet current and prospective students; and hear from successful alumni. For more information contact Admissions at

The event concludes at 2:00pm with the Real World Alumni Panel in the DEC Center. A panel discussion of recent graduates of the Graphic Design Communication program at Philadelphia University. This annual event is an opportunity for invited alumni to return to campus and share their career experiences with current students. Alumni will talk about what life is like after college as they have entered “The Real World.” Alumni will offer career advice and useful job-searching information.

Esteemed Alumni Lineup:
Bruno Forcine (’15) : Art Director at MRM / McCann, New York, NY
Giovanni Frias (’14): Interactive Designer at 160over90, Philadelphia, PA
Nicole Meyer (’16): Junior Art Director at McCann Humancare, New York, NY
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Employer Panel Discussion Features PhilaU Graphic Design Alums

A recent panel discussion sponsored by Career Services held at PhilaU featured three PhilaU Graphic Design alums from the Archer Group of Wilmington, DE. Michael Mayton, Creative Director (PhilaU GDC, 2008), Giovanni Frias (PhilaU GDC, 2014), and Bruno… Continue reading

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Visual Explanations for the Science Classroom


The final set of posters designed for the 8th grade physics classroom

Last year Reesha Grosso (GDC Alum) was preparing her 8th grader science classroom at Garnet Valley Middle school and noticed a lack of well designed engaging posters available for her walls.

“Each year students come to me having been exposed to a decade of sharply designed media, and I want my classroom to feel relevant to this new generation.” says Grosso.

After graduating from PhilaU about a decade ago, Grosso has since obtained a Master’s in science education from UPenn positioning her with a unique perspective of the STEAM (science, tech, engineering, art, math) education model with the ability to bridge science and art.

Grosso brought the problem to her old GDC program and it seemed to be the perfect partnership for the newly revived GD elective Issues in Information Design. Finding better ways to communicate and engage science concepts to young audiences is exactly the type of current topic that can be addressed through good information design.

Professor Walker and Grosso collaborated to come up with a format for the project that would actively involve both the Garnet Valley students and the PhilaU students. Focusing on the Continue reading

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Philadelphia: City of Designerly Love, How Design Article

In the September issue of the leading industry publication HOW Magazine there is a feature article about the Graphic Design community in Philadelphia. “Philadelphia: City of Designerly Love” highlights several PhilaU faculty and alums. Of the seven… Continue reading

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Lost Type Lecture Features Alum Dan Gneiding

news_program_losttypegraphicThurs. Sept. 15, 2016; Reception 6pm, Lecture 7pm

Tuttleman Auditorium

PhilaU Graphic Design alum Dan Gneiding (PhilaU GDC, 2001), brings his band of merry type collaborators for a lecture by The Lost Type Co-op. The Lost Type Co-op is a distributed, pay-what-you-want type foundry that was founded in 2011. Speakers include: Riley Cran: Founder & Type Director of Lost Type; Daniel “Grayhood” Gneiding: Type/Graphic Designer for Lost Type; Frances MacLeod: Freelance designer, lettering artist and Type Designer for Lost Type; Kenneth Ormandy: Web Designer/Developer and Type Designer for Lost Type; Kelly Thorn: Partner at Charles & Thorn and Type Designer. Sponsored by the Graphic Design Communication program at Philadelphia University in partnership with AIGA Philadelphia.

This lecture is part of the Lost Type Co-op’s Field Trip to Philadelphia, which brings together some of North America’s most talented graphic designers, type designers, and lettering artists, for a site-specific marathon of collaboration. Hosted by one of Lost Type’s most prolific and most unpredictable contributors, Dan “Grayhood” Gneiding, The Lost Type Co-op will be touring the city, working together, and meeting the design community in Philadelphia.

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Graphic Design Alums Featured in Alumni Article

PhilaU Graphic Design Communication program alums Colleen Miller and Rick Landers (both PhilaU GDC, 1999) were featured in an article for the monthly PhilaU Alumni Spotlight, “PhilaU Alumni Couple Designed for Success.” The article tracks the cours… Continue reading

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