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Alumni Profile: Michael Altmann, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Three months after graduation, Michael Altmann (PhilaU GDC, 2008) was in-between freelance jobs and had gone on a handful of interviews, unsure if something full-time would actually come through for him. In August of 2008, he got a call from Wharton Executive Education asking him to come in for an appointment, and over six years later he is a Graphic Designer and Photographer, a senior member of the in-house design team working for one of the most well known and prestigious business schools in the world.


PhilaU Graphic Design Collaboration with National Constitution Center

Perhaps you may not have known that September 17 is Constitution Day? And what better place to celebrate such a day than at the National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia, the site of our industry-sponsored project for the Fall 2014 semester. On a beautiful Fall day recently senior Graphic Design students and faculty embarked on a field trip to experience one of the Civic Holidays that the Constitution Center celebrates throughout the year as background information gathering and experiential research for the Systems Design project they are undertaking this Fall semester 2014. 


Triboro Design Lecture

Triboro, the Brooklyn based design duo of David Heasty and Stefanie Weigler, completely wowed a packed audience of students and faculty at an inspiring lecture delivered on October 17 at PhilaU. Natives of Texas and Germany respectively, David and Stefanie attract a global client base ranging from innovative start-ups to respected international brands. Recent Triboro projects include a Nike logo for New York City; branding the fashion labels BLK DNM, Everlane and William Rast; art directing the Style Manual for GQ; illustrating international campaigns for Stella Artois and HSBC; designing albums for Blonde Redhead and James Iha; as well as materials for MoMA and the Dia Art Foundation.


Ryan Hayes Alumni Visit and Lecture

The PhilaU Graphic Design program was delighted to welcome back alum (and former Adjunct Professor), Ryan Hayes (PhilaU GDC, 2007), for a visit and lecture. Ryan graciously shared his words of wisdom with the current students, spoke of his experiences since graduating, and showed some of the recent projects he has worked on as a book designer at Chronicle Books in San Francisco.


Baseman Serves as Judge of Society of Typographic Arts Archive 14

Program Director and Professor Frank Baseman was honored to serve as an invited professional judge of the Society of Typographic Arts Archive 14 annual design competition in Chicago, IL. Archive 14 recognizes outstanding achievement in Chicago graphic design, and all selected works become part of the Chicago Design Archive permanent collection. Frank was joined by these industry judges: Alex Fuller, Design Director at the Leo Burnett Dept. of Design, Chicago; Dafi Kuhne, Principal of babyinktwice based in Zurich, Switzerland (most recently Dafi taught this past year at Virginia Commonwealth University); Jill Shimabukuro, Design Director at University of Chicago Press, Chicago; and Brian Singer, Design Manager, Pinterest, San Francisco. The Archive 14 Exhibition of the winning work will be on display at Harrington College of Design in Chicago throughout October, 2014.

Lanny Sommese Exhibition at Penn State

The eminent career of Lanny Sommese, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Graphic Design at Penn State—who retired this past Spring after 44 years of teaching within the College of Arts and Architecture—is being celebrated at the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State with the exhibition “Lanny Sommese: Image Maker.” The exhibition brings many of his best-known posters and other graphic creations together with the studies that helped to bring them to fruition. Sommese, a member of the prestigious Alliance Graphique Internationale, is recognized worldwide as one of the leading voices in his field. Program Director and Professor Frank Baseman and Adjunct Professor Dianne Zotter-Mill (who along with Associate Professor Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel are all Penn State grads and former students of Sommese) attended the reception.


Package Design Class Visits Shofusu Japanese House

Students in Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel’s Package Design course visited the Shofusu Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park. This structure was originally constructed in Japan in 1953 using traditional techniques and materials. In 1958, the building moved to Philadelphia where it is surrounded by three different types of Japanese gardens. Students enjoyed a fascinating tour of the house. The trip concluded with a Japanese tea ceremony, during which the students whisked up and tasted matcha tea and learned about proper cultural etiquette.

This trip was a preparatory research experience for a tea packaging project. Images of the students’ work will be posted later this semester.


Recent Awards for Karnes Posters

Posters by Assistant Professor Eric Karnes have been recognized by four of the most prestigious national and international design competitions: the 60th Annual Type Directors Club Competition, the 2014 Communication Arts Typography Annual, the 2014 Print Regional Design Annual, and two Silver Awards in the latest Graphis Poster Competition.


Alumni Profile: Ali Doucette, Karma Agency, Philadelphia

At a young age, Alexandra Doucette (PhilaU GDC, 2013) became fascinated with letterpress and hand lettering. She admitted that she was always the one to judge a book by its cover. Doucette’s parents are also Philadelphia University alumni and are very creative. It was her parents who gave her an old Nikon FG film camera in high school. She instantly fell in love with photography. After taking film and digital classes and a graphic arts class, Doucette knew she wanted a career path that would provide her with the opportunity to be creative while pursuing her passion for photography. Graphic design would allow her to do both.


Print by Beth Emmott in Finnish Exhibition

A photo etching print by Adjunct Instructor of Graphic Design Beth Emmott, “Water and Grass,” is part of an exhibition, “Print the Midnight Sun” currently on display at Grafiikanpaja Aava Gallery, in  Lapaluoto, Finland. This work was influenced by Beth’s experience working in northern Finland near the Artic Circle this past Summer 2014. “Water and Grass” may be seen at