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Designer, Activist, Woman: A Panel Discussion

The Graphic Design Communication program at Jefferson recently hosted “Designer, Activist, Woman,” an exciting panel discussion organized by Associate Professor, Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel. The panelists spoke to students about a wide range of inspiring experiences with activist-focused endeavors and helped the students understand how they can use their design skills to promote positive change. The panelists included:

Suzy Mackie: founding member of the UK-based activist feminist poster collective, “See Red Women’s Workshop,” active 1974–1990

Michele Cooper: owner of Cooper Graphic Design and co-founder of activist group, “Sisters in Solidarity”

Emily Cooper Morse: founder/lead organizer of the Women’s March on Philadelphia attended by over 50,000 individuals and founding board member of Philly Women Rally

Maryam Pugh: owner and co-founder of Philadelphia Printworks, a digital and physical community space dedicated to creative collaboration around activism

 

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Golden Moments for Professor Walker and Gold Collective

news_faculty_rwalkergold2017-1Assistant Professor Renee Walker‘s studio Gold Collective has enjoyed a fruitful year with local, national, and international recognition. In Fall 2016, Gold was invited to submit a poster for the international Anfachen Award under the theme “World of Women.” Gold’s poster Work, Family, Life was selected and exhibited on the streets of Hamburg, Germany. In addition, two of Gold’s projects were selected and featured in the 2016 Print Regional Design Annual: Exploring Science in the Studio Identity and a letterpress cover for California College of the Arts MFA Writing Book. Judges included Jennifer Morla, Jessica Walsh, Timothy Goodman, Marc English, Gail Anderson and Bill Grant.news_faculty_rwalkergold2017-2At home in Philadelphia this past Spring, Gold had three projects selected and exhibited in AIGA’s Philadelphia Design Awards: Exploring Science in the Studio,Sightlines publication, and the silkscreened EAT, DRINK, BAKE posters.

news_faculty_rwalkergold2017-3Professor Walker’s conceptual Rethink Food Label designs were exhibited in the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) in a show entitled Food by Design: Sustaining the Future that ran from January 25–May 21, 2017. She was also invited this past summer to speak about the Intersection of Information Design and Health at the College of Population Health at Jefferson and about Information Design in Activism as part of a workshop series by the Design Activist Institute.

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Wonderful Recent Developments from Warkulwiz Design Associates

Jefferson Graphic Design long-time adjunct Professor, Bob Warkulwiz, and his design firm Warkulwiz Design Associates (including alum, senior graphic designer Emily Zuwiala (PhilaU GDC, 2010) have been very busy and productive lately. Among the activities and accolades of WDA: Warkulwiz Design Associates was listed among the best graphic design firms in the region for the 9th straight year.news_faculty_bobwda2017-1WDA is responsible for all branding, advertising and collateral for GoPhillyGo; recently voted best website for cyclists in Philly Mag’s “Best of Philly-2017” awards. WDA was recently awarded GoPhillyGo in GDUSA’S Health & Wellness awards. And WDA created branding for Inovio Pharmaceutical’s internal recognition and award system.

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Alum named Rookie Awards Runner-Up!

ronnieCongratulations 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 Continue reading

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Adobe Design Achievement Awards

The Graphic Design Communication program 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 m… 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: Jefferson Graphic Design Top Design School in Graphic Design USA Magazine

For the sixth year in a row, the Graphic Design Communication program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) was named a Top Design School by Graphic Design USA Magazine. Jefferson was among only thirty-seven colleges an… 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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