PhilaU Wins Three UCDA Graphic Design Excellence Awards

Two projects created in Philadelphia University’s graphic design communication design workshop have won Awards of Excellence in the 2014 University and College Designers Association’s (UCDA) 44th annual design competition.


The “Single Bullet” exhibit features work from an interdisciplinary student team.

The awards were for the exhibition design and collateral materials for “Single Bullet: Arlen Specter & the Warren Commission Investigation of the JFK Assassination” and the deck of PhilaU-branded playing cards created for admissions.

The national competition was juried by industry professionals who selected winners from more than 1,000 competition entries.

“Receiving national recognition from professional peers is very gratifying and confirms the hard work, dedication and talent of our students and faculty,” said Frank Baseman, graphic design communication program director. “The design workshop provides students with an opportunity to work on real projects for real clients, thus gaining valuable experience while still in school. It also provides students with a tremendous opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams in a highly collaborative environment.”


The PhilaU deck of playing cards features four unique student-designed suits.

The winning designs will be exhibited at the UCDA Design Show at the group’s annual design conference in September in Long Beach, Calif.

Graphic design communication students worked with students in architecture and law and society to produce stunning visual elements for the “Single Bullet” exhibit, including a timeline of events that happened on the day of President Kennedy’s assassination. Learn more about the “Single Bullet” exhibition.

The Office of Admissions commissioned graphic design communication students to create a PhilaU-branded deck of playing cards as a unique recruiting tool. The deck features four original suits with illustrations inspired by famous innovators, typical college experiences, Mardi Gras and fairy tales. Learn more about the PhilaU deck of playing cards.

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