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AIGA PhilaU Student Group Field Trip to Lead Graffiti Letterpress Shop

Some 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.



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 who do work for non-profits, charities and community programs. Rose will be joined by other Philly designers Steve Linchuk of Agency M and Brian Jacobson and Cara Cox of J2. Details and tickets are available here.

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 Forcine (PhilaU GDC, 2015) participated in the panel discussion entitled “What Employers are Looking for in Portfolio.” The alums spoke to students about what employers look for in a successful portfolio and provided helpful tips to help students land their dream job.


Package Design Students Create Japanese Inspired Tea Projects

Students in Associate Professor 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.


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.