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Alumni Profile: “Go West Young Man,” (part 2) Micah Kasman, San Francisco

And, this just in from Micah Kasman (PhilaU GDC, 2003): One year after graduating from Philadelphia University, I found myself at SFO airport with two suitcases and a backpack, moving to Monterey. It was at the Monterey Bay Aquarium where I had an opportunity to work with and learn from the greatest mentor in my career, Art Director Jim Ales. Under Jim’s wing, I had firsthand experience learning and honing my design and business education, and with a design department of three, we built one of the worlds top 100 brands as noted in the 2006 Rebrand100, all while increasing Aquarium membership rates through direct mail campaigns with emotional response.


Alumni Profile: “Go West Young Man,” Ryan Hayes at Chronicle Books, San Francisco

This just in from Ryan Hayes (PhilaU GDC, 2007), Designer at Chronicle Books in San Francisco: Graphic design, as a profession, tends to be very nomadic. One must be willing to look far and wide for opportunities in the field. Last year, I learned this first-hand when I took a position at Chronicle Books as a designer in their Children’s publishing group. While studying at PhilaU—and then while working for five years at Running Press in Philadelphia—Chronicle Books had always been on my radar as a place I’d like to work. The spirit of their publishing, the production value of their books, and the level of design resonated very strongly with me each time I picked up one of their products—to the point that in many cases, I knew a book was a Chronicle Book before I even picked it up.


Recent Awards for Graphic Design Students

Several Graphic Design Communication students have recently continued the rich tradition of having their excellent work recognized in international and national design competitions and publications. Recent graduate J’Nay Penn (PhilaU GDC, 2013) was named a Semifinalist in the Package Design category of the very prestigious 2013 Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA). J’Nay’s design for her game, “Say What?,” was produced in the Package Design course taught by Associate Professor Maribeth Kradel Weitzel. Likewise, Carolina Barbosa was also recognized as a Semifinalist in the Print Communication category of the 2013 ADAA with her magazine project, Exquisito Magazine, which was designed in the Advanced Publication Design course taught by Adjunct Professor (and alum, PhilaU GDC, 2003), Lindsey Crissman. The Adobe Design Achievement Awards is the most prestigious student design competition in the world for students working in Graphic Design, Digital/Interactive Design, Animation, Illustration, Package Design, and Photography (among 12 total categories).


Alumni Profile: Alex Cohn at KieranTimberlake Architects

Adjunct Professor and Alum, Alex Cohn (PhilaU GDC, 2008), currently works as the Senior Graphic Designer for KieranTimberlake, a prominent internationally recognized Philadelphia architecture firm. As part of a team of many talented designers and architects, Alex has the pleasure of designing books, exhibitions, marketing collateral, building signage, and sculptural building elements. A small selection of projects follows:


Congrats to Mario the Master!

It was a busy summer for Adjunct Professor of Illustration, Mario Zucca. In addition to earning his Master’s degree from the University of Hartford’s low-residency MFA in Illustration program, Mario launched a new website of his work. Congratulations, Mario! Check out the new site at



Alumni Profile: Leslie Graham and Rise and Shine Letterpress

Rise and Shine Letterpress was established in 2009 when Leslie Graham (PhilaU GDC, 2004) and her partner, Ryan Howell, moved their Philadelphia letterpress print studio into an old hardware store in Alexandria, Louisiana.


What I Did on my Summer Vacation: Judged Design Competitions!

Program Director and Associate Professor, Frank Baseman, was busy over the Summer months serving as an invited judge of two national design competitions. In June he served as a judge of the East region of the Print Magazine Regional Design Annual (RDA), one of the largest and most well-respected design competitions in the industry. And in July, Frank traveled to Nashville, TN as an invited judge for the 2013 UCDA (University and College Designers Association) National Design Competition.