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Baseman Wins Recent Awards

Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman was awarded three Awards of Excellence in the Graphic Design USA 2016 American Design Awards design competition. Winning awards were some recent posters, including work from the rebus sign series (Deer Crossing below).


Philadelphia: City of Designerly Love, How Design Article

In the September issue of the leading industry publication HOW Magazine there is a feature article about the Graphic Design community in Philadelphia. “Philadelphia: City of Designerly Love” highlights several PhilaU faculty and alums. Of the seven firms profiled, Associate Professor Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel and Assistant Professor Renee Walker are featured; and Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman is mentioned. In addition, PhilaU Graphic Design alum Kristian Summerer (PhilaU GDC, 1999) and his firm Machinery are featured. Philadelphia University–and the Integrative Design Process (IDP) course in particular—were mentioned in the article. PhilaU was the only Philadelphia-area design school singled out.

Happy 35th Birthday AIGA Philadelphia!

With over 100 years of history to draw from, AIGA, the professional association for design, has been around for quite awhile. Founded in 1914 in New York City as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA now has more than 25,000 members nationwide from more than 70 local chapters. In 1981 some bold designers in Philadelphia formed the first of these local chapters, which became AIGA Philadelphia. To help celebrate it’s 35th Anniversary, AIGA Philadelphia asked 35 designers to each design a poster to celebrate the chapter’s birthday. Recently there was an exhibition and party to celebrate this wonderful collection of posters.


Graphic Design Faculty Featured on AIGA Philadelphia Website

To help celebrate it’s 35th Anniversary, AIGA Philadelphia has been highlighting members with a Member Spotlight. And some recent Spotlights have featured some of our esteemed Graphic Design faculty, Adjunct Professors Rose DiSanto and Steve DeCusatis. Founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA, the professional association for design, is the largest membership organization focusing on design. Now with more than 25,000 members nationwide, from more than 70 local chapters — and AIGA Philadelphia was the first local chapter.


The Design of Equality

Please join us for a lecture featuring Emory Douglas, Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party and 2015 AIGA medalist, with an opening presentation by LGBT activist and designer, Prof. Kelly Holohan.



 Admission is FREE.


Learn more about Mr. Douglas by viewing this documentary short.

Learn more about Prof. Holohan by viewing her project, “Sorry We’re Closed.”

Please reach out to Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel with any questions (


Lost Type Lecture Features Alum Dan Gneiding

Thurs. Sept. 15, 2016; Reception 6pm, Lecture 7pm

Tuttleman Auditorium

PhilaU Graphic Design alum Dan Gneiding (PhilaU GDC, 2001), brings his band of merry type collaborators for a lecture by The Lost Type Co-op. The Lost Type Co-op is a distributed, pay-what-you-want type foundry that was founded in 2011. Speakers include: Riley Cran: Founder & Type Director of Lost Type; Daniel “Grayhood” Gneiding: Type/Graphic Designer for Lost Type; Frances MacLeod: Freelance designer, lettering artist and Type Designer for Lost Type; Kenneth Ormandy: Web Designer/Developer and Type Designer for Lost Type; Kelly Thorn: Partner at Charles & Thorn and Type Designer. Sponsored by the Graphic Design Communication program at Philadelphia University in partnership with AIGA Philadelphia.


Graphic Design Alums Featured in Alumni Article

PhilaU Graphic Design Communication program alums Colleen Miller and Rick Landers (both PhilaU GDC, 1999) were featured in an article for the monthly PhilaU Alumni Spotlight, “PhilaU Alumni Couple Designed for Success.” The article tracks the course of their design careers and how they have achieved a level of success due in part to how well prepared they were upon graduation thanks to their fine education at PhilaU (Textile).

PhilaU Graphic Design Represented at Adobe Creative Jam

The Philadelphia University Graphic Design Communication program was well represented at the recent Adobe Creative Jam held at the Painted Bride Art Center. Alums Bernardo Margulis (PhilaU GDC, 2007) and Angela Miles (PhilaU GDC, 2005) were participants in the Creative Jam, while Assistant Professor Renee Walker and Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman were invited to serve as industry judges. Several alums turned out for the event as well. Pictured (from left to right): Ed McCann (PhilaU GDC, 2000); Mike Trusa (PhilaU GDC, 1998); Adjunct Professor Rose DiSanto; Waiel Abdullah (PhilaU GDC, 1999); Assisttant Professor Renee Walker; Ronnie Alley (PhilaU GDC, 2016); Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman; Carolyn Noebels (PhilaU GDC, 2016); Sabrina Pfautz (PhilaU GDC, 2011).