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PhilaU Graphic Design and NCC Collaboration Interim Crit

A good time was had by all at the interim “Halloween Crit” for the PhilaU Graphic Design and National Constitution Center (NCC) Collaboration project. Several of the senior-year Graphic Design students dressed up for Halloween as we hosted our client visitors for an interim pin-up critique of the students’ work in progress on this industry-sponsored project. We were joined for the crit by our alum, John Pugh (PhilaU GDC, 2010), Senior Exhibition Designer at the National Constitution Center; Stephanie Reyer, Vice President of Exhibitions at NCC; Julia Fiorello, former Creative Services Manager at NCC; and Adjunct Professor Rose DiSanto.


Professor Renee Walker Keynote Speaker at Phoenix Design Week

Assistant Professor Renee Walker and her business partner Heidi Meredith were invited to be keynote speakers at Phoenix Design Week’s Method & Madness Conference. They spoke about their bi-coastal studio Gold Collective. The theme Method & Madness was a perfect fit for Gold as they are known for their experimental making techniques and non-traditional studio practices.


PhilaU Graphic Design to the Big Apple

A wonderful time was had by all on a recent bright and crisp Fall day as the PhilaU Graphic Design program took a very active field trip to New York City to take in some sites in the Big Apple. We started out by visiting the magnificent Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum to see the exhibition “How Posters Work.” And then a bit later we visited the Herb Lubalin Study Center for Typography and Design at the Cooper Union and enjoyed a private presentation by Alexander Tochilovsky, Curator, Herb Lubalin Study Center.


Zach Gibson Lecture, Senior Designer, Google

Philadelphia University Graphic Design Communication

Kanbar College of Design, Engineering & Commerce presents

A lecture by Zach Gibson, Senior Designer, Google

Monday, November 2, 2015, 7:00pm

Lawrence N. Field DEC Center Forum

For the past three and a half years, Zachary Gibson has been a lead designer throughout the process of defining Google’s Material Design UX and Visual Design guidelines. He is also a design advocate at Google, and has worked with hundreds of digital product design teams to share best practices and processes. Prior to Google, Zachary was a senior designer at Hot Studio (a UX agency acquired by Facebook), an Art Director at Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One, a Junior Designer at 2one5 Creative, and a design intern at MTV. He has a BFA in Graphic and Interactive Design from Tyler School of Art and an MFA in Design from California College of the Arts . Zach lives in Oakland, California with his wife, cat, surfboard, motorcycle, and lots of books. Here is the project Zach works on. He also plays a part in

First Fall Open House

A good time was had by all at the recent Fall Open House for prospective students and families. As you can tell from this photo of President Spinelli with current students helping with the event, including Graphic Design sophomores Leah Pellegrino and Katelyn Witmer.

Baseman Serving as Adobe Design Achievement Awards Mentor

Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman was invited to serve as a Mentor for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, one of the most prestigious student design competitions in the world. The Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) celebrates student achievement reflecting the powerful convergence of technology and the creative arts. The ADAA competition showcases individual and group projects created with Adobe creative software and honors talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from the world’s top institutions of higher education.

Baseman Presents Award-Winning Nexus Learning Work at UCDA Conference

Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman was invited to make a presentation at the 45 th Annual UCDA (University & College Designer Association) national Design Conference in Orlando, Florida. Baseman’s presentation was entitled, “Report from the Trenches: Working with Students on Real-World, Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Projects: More Case Studies from the Philadelphia University Design Workshop,” version 4.


Alumni Profile: Heather (Robertson) Walpole, Author and Owner, Ewe Ewe Yarns, LLC, Oceanside, California

I wrote a book! It’s a knitting book and something I never would have dreamed of during my days as a student at Philadelphia University (PhilaU GDC, 2002). I started my life as a graphic designer with a great job at IKEA that I found through the PhilaU Career Services Center. About two years after graduation I moved to Oceanside, California, quit my job and opened a knitting store with my sister. Being the creative lead at a small business meant that I got to design everything from our logo and signage to the store layout; shopping bags to business cards. Then, I somewhat reluctantly learned how to knit.


Alumni Profile: Matthew Perrault, UX Designer, Birmingham, Alabama


This just in from alum, Matthew Perrault (PhilaU GDC, 2012): The night after my graduation ceremony, I could only think about the start of my career and the rest of my life. My focus was to (yes, you know it) not only get a job, but to get a “good” job that I could feel at home with and grow exponentially. Day-in and day-out, I searched rigorously for that one place that I could be a part of and do great work. About a week after graduating, I started working as a freelance Graphic Designer for a small agency in Broomall, PA called Cetlin Design. Although temporary, working there gave me a good foundation to jump-start my career and begin to develop my talents and skills. While working at Cetlin, I knew I had to keep looking for a job that would help build my career, because my position was temporary/seasonal.