Category Archives: Awards & Recognition

Alum named Rookie Awards Runner-Up!

Congratulations to 2016 grad, Ronnie Alley, for his incredible Runner-Up win in the globally competitive Rookie Awards Graphic Design category! This year, there were 2,752 entrants from 627 different schools and 81 countries. Judges ranked the work according to the following criteria: Overall Impression, Creative Skills, Technical Skills, Range of Skills, Complexity, Presentation, and Industry Employability. Of winning such a competitive award, Alley says, “There was so much talent from so many places around the world, with each designer bringing a sense of their own experiences to the table, and having my work recognized on such a large scale is truly humbling.”

Ronnie attributes much of his growth as a designer to his experience in the Graphic Design Communication program at Jefferson. He says, “My professors were constantly pushing me and my designs further than I would have taken them alone, and that persistent push has instilled a drive within me to always go one step further and reach farther than anticipated. Also, the constant support from all the faculty in the Graphic Design Communication program, even the ones that were never my professors, was always so reassuring. I don’t think I would have the will power to push myself as Continue reading

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Adobe Design Achievement Awards

The Graphic Design Communication department was well represented in this year’s Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Congratulations to semi-finalists Gabi Stahley, Myra Lloyd, Leah Pellegrino, Aubrey Kohl, Lauren King, Shannon Gahagan and Laina Healy. You… Continue reading

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

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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.”

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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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Highest Honors: PhilaU Graphic Design Top Design School in Graphic Design USA Magazine

For the sixth year in a row, the Graphic Design Communication program at Philadelphia University was named a Top Design School by Graphic Design USA Magazine. PhilaU was among only thirty-seven colleges and universities nationwide recognized with this … Continue reading

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Mario Zucca’s Adventures in Mapmaking!

Adjunct Professor, Mario Zucca, is a talented, award-winning illustrator. His work has been commissioned for The Boston Globe, The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek and Maxim, just to name a few. Several years ago, Mario started making very … Continue reading

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Mario Zucca’s Adventures in Mapmaking!

Adjunct Professor, Mario Zucca, is a talented, award-winning illustrator. His work has been commissioned for The Boston Globe, The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Magazine, Newsweek and Maxim, just to name a few. Several years ago, Mario started making very … Continue reading

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Highest Honors: PhilaU Graphic Design Students to Watch 2017 in Graphic Design USA Magazine

For the sixth year in a row, the PhilaU Graphic Design Communication program is represented in the prestigious “Students to Watch in 2017” issue of Graphic Design USA Magazine. Lauren King and Kelli Seiple were named Students to Watch in the Februa… Continue reading

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Walker’s Poster Wins Anfachen Award 2016

Walker’s WORK FAMILY LIFE poster exhibited on the streets in Hamburg, Germany.
Professor Walker’s studio Gold Collective was invited to submit to the Anfachen Award, an international poster competition under the theme “World of Women”:
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Baseman Wins Recent Awards

Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman was awarded three Awards of Excellence in the Graphic Design USA 2016 American Design Awards design competition. Winning awards were some recent posters, including work from the rebus sign series (Deer Cross… 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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