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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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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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Aaron Draplin’s Pretty Much Everything workshop and lecture

On the Spring leg on his book tour, Aaron Draplin is stopping by Philadelphia University for an intimate workshop and full presentation. The lecture is free for all Phila U students, please RSVP here.
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PhilaU Graphic Design End of Fall 2016 Semester Reviews and Nexus Learning

news_program_endsemesterf2016-1A tradition that we have here in the PhilaU Graphic Design Communication program is to have end of semester “All-Class Reviews.” That is, we gather the students by “cohort” (all Sophomores, all Juniors, etc.) to see what they have been up to, and after being in the program just one semester students know and understand this tradition. It is a time to come together as a larger class (not just a few sections), to be with friends, peers and colleagues; and it is a great way for the overall faculty to conduct assessment of what is happening in the program. To take a pulse of the program if you will. And if this past Fall 2016 semester is any indication, the work coming out of the program at this moment is very strong!



news_program_endsemesterf2016-5The all-Sophomore Review featured work from the Design 3 Introduction to Typography course where the students displayed their type specimen books, typographic symposium posters and typographically-driven record albums. Overall the faculty Continue reading

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PhilaU Day of Giving 2017 Industry-Sponsored Project

news_program_daygiving1As a part of the Design 5 Introduction to Branding and Identity course during the Fall 2016 semester junior-year students were tasked to work on the branding and identity of the 2017 PhilaU Day of Giving. This annual philanthropic event engages all members of the PhilaU community—current students, faculty and staff, alumni—to gather, energize and mobilize to raise funds for scholarships and other activities at the University. Students were asked to design a cohesive, creative approach to raise awareness about the event. news_program_daygiving2The students worked on this industry-sponsored project for parts of the entire semester, and had meetings with the clients in the Public Relations office at the beginning of the semester to kick-off the project, as well as mid-point critiques and final presentations. Associate Professor Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel conceived of and led the project, while the faculty were Assistant Professor Renee Walker, Adjunct Professor Rose DiSanto, and Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman.

news_program_daygiving3The overall level of the work was very strong and at the end of semester all-class Continue reading

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AIGA PhilaU Student Group Field Trip to Lead Graffiti Letterpress Shop

news_program_leadgraf2016-1Some student members of the AIGA PhilaU student group recently took a field trip to Newark, Delaware to get their hands dirty at Lead Graffiti, a fabulous letterpress facility. Students worked hands-on with wood type and letterpresses in a workshop led by Lead Graffiti owners, Ray Nichols and Jill Cypher. The workshop was created in honor of H.N Werkmen, and to learn about the history of typography and letterpress printing. The students had a great time for the afternoon stepping away from the computer and working with their hands with letterforms off-screen.news_program_leadgraf2016-2





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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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AIGA Philly Open Studio Tours

By Charlotte Rymar (PhilaU GDC, 2018)
AIGA Philly Open Studio Tours began recently, and three PhilaU Graphic Design juniors were lucky enough to visit DiD Agency’s newly built studio in downtown Philadelphia! DiD Agency is an independent healthcare ad… Continue reading

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Design + Illustration + Collaboration + Integration

news_faculty_tandemdudes1Two of PhilaU Graphic Design’s finest, Adjunct Professors Steve DeCusatis and Mario Zucca, gave a presentation of their respective work and led a workshop at this year’s Tandem Design Conference, the annual student-run design conference held at PhilaU. Their lecture “Design + Illustration + Collaboration + Integration” covered their journeys since graduating from Tyler School of Art. Steve and Mario discussed being business owners and educators, integrating workflows, and collaborations on many projects. Various work and interdisciplinary collaborations with other designers, illustrators, animators, clients and more were shared with students and professionals alike.

news_faculty_tandemdudes2The duo also led a workshop, entitled “Exquisite Workshop,” which focused on collaborating with fellow attendees to create wildly fun exquisite corpses. They encouraged image-making, collaboration, and media experimentation in this hands-on workshop. The attendees reviewed their work, shared the creations, and then posted via social media for future connections. Photography by Sam Fritch


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Happy 35th Birthday AIGA Philadelphia!

With over 100 years of history to draw from, AIGA, the professional association for design, has been around for quite awhile. Founded in 1914 in New York City as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA now has more than 25,000 members nationwide f… Continue reading

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