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Information Design Elective takes on Public Health

In Spring 2017 Professor Renee Walker’s Issues in Information Design elective addressed how information design might improve communication in the Public Health sphere. A range of topics were explored from how we might see a better picture of our health lineage to how to start a discussion on advancement in genetics.

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Taylor Santangelo explains his diagram of music influence to Dr. Drew Harris

Dr. Drew Harris from the Department of Population Health at Jefferson sat in on students’ presentations of concepts and offered up advice on the relevance of the projects and potential impact they could have in public health.

The results included: an app designed to work similar to allowing you to track your family’s health history using a simple color and icon based navigation system, an informational kit that promotes awareness of the relaxation benefits of going to the beach plus actionable items to help you relax and safely enjoy the sun, and a card set used as a discussion piece for ethical issues around the gene editing technology CRISPR.

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All class and Senior reviews – 2017

The Spring 2017 semester wrapped up with all class reviews for Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors. As well as individual reviews of our graduating Seniors. See below for all the stellar work!

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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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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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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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DiSanto Part of Design for Good Panel

Adjunct Professor, Rose DiSanto, has been invited to participate in Hi-Res Live’s December 8 podcast “Design for Good.” Host Ryan Starr will be facilitating a live recording of the podcast, talking about design for the greater good with designers… Continue reading

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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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PhilaU Graphic Design and CUSP Collaboration

Senior Graphic Design students enrolled in Systems Design Integration, are undertaking a large scale, industry-sponsored project. This Fall, we are excited to partner with the Philadelphia Climate & Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP).

The Climate & Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP) is a group of informal science educators, climate scientists, and learning scientists in four Northeast U.S. cities (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York City, and Washington, DC.) who explore innovative ways to engage city residents in climate change issues. In Philadelphia, CUSP’s main role is civic engagement around climate change.


Philadelphia University students are learning about CUSP and the communities it serves, and about climate change issues specific to the region.

To kick-off the project, we invited Relucca Ellis and Richard Johnson from Philadelphia CUSP to introduce their organization and mission. They guided students through an interactive demonstration that showed what is happening to Philadelphia as the climate becomes hotter and wetter.

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