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New York City Field Trip

news_program_nycfieldtrip2018-1By Abbey Pitzer (Jefferson Graphic Design, 2019) and Jessica Scandiffio (Jefferson Graphic Design, 2019)

In early November an intrepid group of 30+ Jeffferson Graphic Design students and faculty embarked on a field trip to New York City for the day. Our group arrived at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum—a part of the Smithsonian—to see some great exhibitions, in particular one on color. Afternoon activities included visiting the Society of Illustrators Museum; a studio tour of WeWork Headquarters; another studio tour of Open; and a behind-the-scenes view of the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography at the Cooper Union. The field trip was supported by the AIGA Jefferson Student Group.Cooper Hewitt

Jess: The museum was nothing I had expected. It was my first time at the Cooper Hewitt and I was very surprised. It was an awesome experience and I enjoyed the interactive pens that allowed you to save your favorite works of art and look at them again later online. The color exhibition was my favorite. It was really amazing to be able to use the pens to draw patterns and see them reflect on the walls around us. Even Continue reading

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2018 Lancaster Letterpress Fair

news_program_2018lancasterletterpressAn intrepid group of students from the AIGA Jefferson student group made the trek out to Lancaster, PA on a beautiful sunny day to attend the 2018 Lancaster Letterpress Fair. Over thirty vendors were displaying their wares, including Professor Frank Baseman and the work of Base Press. A good time was had by all.

 

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Class of 2018 Student Awards

We bid farewell and adieu to the Jefferson Graphic Design Class of 2018 and congratulate them on their awards and successes. We have a lovely traditional of Top 5 Portfolios here and the results are in: No. 1 Portfolio, Charlotte Rymar; No. 2, Zack Fau… Continue reading

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Graduation 2018

Congrats Jefferson Graphic Design Class of 2018! A talented and energetic bunch, we are so excited to see where life leads you guys next. Please stay in touch, and go forward and prosper! Best wishes!
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End of Semester Spring 2018 Reviews and Senior Exit Interviews

For a while there with all of the snow and crazy weather it felt like Spring would never come. But it was quite an exciting end to the very busy Spring 2018 semester. There was a lot of very strong work on display from all of the cohorts at the End of … Continue reading

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Design Thinking Workshop Led by IBM Strategist

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) hosted a design thinking workshop on April 5 for East Falls and Center City faculty. At the event, facilitated by Amber Atkins, lead design strategist at IBM Design for Services, attendees participated in a series of activities and learned methodologies to improve their professional and educational practice. Faculty members came from various programs across both campuses, including Occupational Therapy, Graphic Design Communication, Population Health, Landscape Architecture and Engineering. “This workshop was a great opportunity for faculty to learn about different approaches for problem framing, research and ideation across disciplines,” said Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel, Associate Professor of Graphic Design Communication, who organized the event.

 

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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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Highest Honors: Jefferson Graphic Design Top Design School and Students to Watch 2018 in Graphic Design USA Magazine

For the seventh year in a row, the Jefferson Graphic Design Communication program is represented in the prestigious “Students to Watch 2018” issue of Graphic Design USA Magazine. Peter Aston and Zachary Faust were named Students to Watch in the Ja… Continue reading

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ONYX Shoe Packaging Project Wins Graphis New Talent Merit Award

news_program_graffonyx1The ONYX Shoe Packaging project designed by senior-year student Paige Graff has won a Merit Award in the 2018 Graphis New Talent Design Annual. The project was completed in the Package Design course taught by Associate Professor Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel in Fall 2017. Here is how Paige describes the project: In my research, I found rock climbers to be very organized with their ropes, shoes, carabiners and climbing packs. I was inspired by the organization of their tools and designed the structure around how a rope would be wrapped in storage.

news_program_graffonyx2My interactive shoe packaging, includes a climbing rope that doubles as a hanging feature in stores, as well as a handle for customers after purchase. The structure has wells for each shoe, which is held in place by rock climbing jugs. This way, the shoes can stand vertically, when held by the rope handle, mimicking the position the shoes would be in when in use. When shoes are taken out, the customer can remove the climbing jugs, to reveal instructions for repurpose. The climbing jugs have holes, so they can be screwed into drywall Continue reading

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AIGA Jefferson Student Group Throws Successful Unity Gala

news_program_unitygala2017-1By Lauren Faurl (Jefferson Graphic Design, 2018)

While the rise of social media helps students to connect, networking between these students is slim, and communication is often limited to those attending school together. AIGA student groups—as well as AIGA as a whole—is a great tool to bridge this communications gap. AIGA Jefferson recently created Unity: A Poster Gala, to empower and encourage young designers to keep doing what they love to do while encouraging the communication between aspiring student designers within our own community.

news_program_unitygala2017-2Participating and creating events such as Unity: A Poster Gala, truly does bring students together. It’s an amazing way to network, building friendships and create potential opportunities in the future. As students, we are the future, and the more we work together, the stronger we will become. We really encourage student groups in the Philly area to participate in events as well as create events like this. For starters: it’s fun! It’s fun, encouraging and inspiring to see students taking the time out of their schedules to create something non-school related to share. More events like these will help continue to inspire students to Continue reading

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