News: 2014

Posters Against Ebola: Raising Money for Doctors Without Borders

In response to the current ebola crisis, Associate Professor Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel has authored the charitable project, Posters Against Ebola. Ebola is a deadly disease surrounded by many controversies, locally and globally. Posters Against Ebola is a place for designers, artists, and activists to express ideas, solutions, and opinions about this disease and the human reaction to it. All proceeds from the sale of these posters go to Doctors Without Borders.

The project began as an invitation only collection and currently includes poster contributions from Professor Frank Baseman, Adjunct Professor Steve Decusatis and alum Michael Norcross. Now, the project is open to the public. Please consider contributing your voice to this issue and support the fight against this terrible disease.

To learn more, please check out Steven Heller’s write-up about the project in Print Magazine’s The Daily Heller or visit the project’s Facebook page.

Posters Against Ebola contribution by Steve Decusatis


Results of Industry-Sponsored National Constitution Center Civic Holidays Systems Design Project

What began as an information gathering and research field trip at the beginning of the semester on Constitution Day to the National Constitution Center—our industry-sponsored client for the Fall 2014 semester—culminated in senior-year Graphic Design Communication students presenting the results of their impressive work to representatives from the Constitution Center. The format was a“poster session,” which was open to the public and we were very pleased to see many students, administrators, several alums and, of course, the clients in attendance. After that, the clients served as judges of the student work, identifying select work for design excellence.


Hole in Wall Gang Camp and Next Step Fundraiser

Visiting Assistant Professor Rose DiSanto was joined by Adjunct Professors Bob Warkulwiz, Dianne Zotter-Mill, and Steve DeCusatis at a benefit fundraiser recently for two charities: The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and Next Step. Rose has been a volunteer counselor, board member, designer, fundraiser and supporter of both organizations for more than 25 years.

Student Field Trip to Ad Agency: Red Tettemer + Partners, Phila.

By Tabitha Ahnert (PhilaU GDC, 2015)

Recently, several of Philadelphia University’s graphic design seniors (and one ambitious freshman!) set out on a PhilaU AIGA-run adventure to discover what it was like to work in the fast-paced, prestigious world of advertising. Our destination: Philly’s own, Red Tettemer + Partners. Located smack-dab in the middle of Center City, Red Tettemer’s studio space definitely sets the wacky-bar for ad firms everywhere. Zany, yet incredibly clever, Red’s lobby—complete with foosball table, literal tub of gin, very large cowboy, and type-set poster stating “Be Unforgettable”—gave our students an impression of the immensity of Red Tettemer + Partners, and set the tone for the creative processes they were about to witness.


Trick or Treat

Several of the senior-year Graphic Design students recently had a fun time dressing up for Halloween as we had an interim pin-up critique with our clients from the National Constitution Center on Halloween Day. We were joined that day by our alum, John Pugh (PhilaU GDC, 2010), Exhibition Designer at the National Constitution Center; Julia Fiorello, Creative Services Manager; and Jenna Winterle, Museum Programs Coordinator.


Illustrator Ian Wright Uses Torn Paper Collage to Create Unique Portraits

Ian Wright is an English Illustrator and Graphic Designer who has worked with some of the most iconic names in music and fashion—Issey Miyake, Björk, Grandmaster Flash and Pete Townsend. So, what’s he doing working with a group of buttoned-up, suit and tie wearing Philadelphia lawyers? Pond Lehocky Stern and Giordano, a Center City law firm specializing in workmen’s compensation has commissioned Wright to create large-scale portraits of three clients to hang in the central staircase of their new offices in Center City Philadelphia.


Alumni Profile: Dan Gretta, Senior Designer at CF Napa, Napa Valley, CA

Sometimes when it rains, it pours… This just in from Dan Gretta (PhilaU GDC, 2008), Senior Designer at CF Napa, Napa Valley, CA. “Since graduating, I’ve had the privilege of experiencing a variety of industries. My career began in advertising and branding at an agency in New Jersey called 1 Trick Pony. I was extremely fortunate to have a hand in branding, web, illustration and packaging all in my first gig. It allowed me to explore new things and find what I loved most. Some of the larger clients included Turner Classic Movies, Sony Pictures Classics, Hard Rock and Virgin Mobile. Black Coffee was one of many smaller clients in need of some branding and packaging. It was the branding projects that I found myself really passionate about. After a few years, I wanted to move away from the message-based advertising and focus on branding and become more involved with packaging. At the time, my fiancée was job hunting and I was okay with her expanding her search nationwide. After a job-acceptance in Boston, the wheels were in motion for me to leave 1 Trick and pursue a more specific career.


Baseman Serves on Stuckeman School Advisory Board at Penn State

Program Director and Professor Frank Baseman has been invited to serve on the Stuckeman School Advisory Board of the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State University (his undergraduate alma mater). The Stuckeman School is made up of the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the Graphic Design program, and is housed in the College of Arts and Architecture.

The Advisory Board gathered recently for a meeting at Penn State and includes (front row, left to right): Susan Rademacher, Parks Curator, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy; Frank Baseman, Program Director and Professor, Philadelphia University; Darwina Neal, Retired, National Park Service; Patricia Kucker, Associate Dean, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati; Michael Tunkey, Principal, CannonDesign; (back row, left to right): David Rubin, Principal, Land Collective; Michael Pinto, Principal, NAC | Architecture; William Stinger, Senior Principal, HOK; Barbara Korner, Dean, College of Arts and Architecture, Penn State University; Frank Poli, Associated Estates Realty Corp.; and Carlo Ninassi, Associate Professor, Smeal College of Business, Penn State University.

Getting Our Hands Dirty at LeadGraffiti

Some junior-year students in the Advanced Typography course spent a recent Saturday participating in a hands-on letterpress workshop at LeadGraffiti in Newark, Delaware. Led by the LeadGraffiti team (former University of Delaware Professor Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher and Tray Nichols), students toured the working museum, then typeset, printed and bound their very own books.


Alumni Profile: Annelise (Babula) Smith, Bailey Brand Consulting, Plymouth Meeting, PA

And this just in from Annelise (Babula) Smith (right, PhilaU GDC, 2013), Designer at Bailey Brand Consulting in Plymouth Meeting where she works alongside fellow Designer, PhilaU alum (and dear friend), Jewéll Richardson (left, PhilaU GDC, 2013). “In October 2013, I began my design career at Bailey Brand Consulting, a firm that mixes both creativity and strategy to develop a range of brands. I was fortunate to join the Bailey team along with four other talented designers, including fellow alumna Jewéll Richardson. Formerly known for their packaging and structure design, Bailey’s creative capabilities have grown to include identity design, web design, social media, and print design.