Visualizing Issues

Sunday, February 13, 2011 08:41

Visualizing Issues

Visualizing Issues
Student work presented by the Graphic Design Department at The University of the Arts

What does it mean to visualize and communicate complex social issues of our time? As Graphic Designers, we are called upon to research, organize, analyze, synthesize, and visually communicate complex concepts through various media.

This exhibition presents work from students in junior level Communications Studio. The students were asked to select and research social issues of particular concern to them. In a semester-long sequence of projects, students sought to express these issues through word and found or self-created images. This process culminated in a series of three posters in which students communicate positions on these issues.

An opening reception will be held Thursday, February 10 from
3 – 5 p.m.

February 7 – March 4, 2011
President’s Office Suite, Hamilton Hall (320 S. Broad St., Philadelphia)

Visualizing Issues

Welcome new GD Faculty

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 05:13

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The Department is pleased to welcome new part-time faculty members.

Michael Abbink, Letterforms/Typographic Fundamentals

Eddie Opara, Design Studio

Andrew Tripp, Descriptive Drawing

Welcome new GD Faculty

“Visualizing the Art of War”

Friday, July 2, 2010 11:41

Visualizing the Art of War: PECO Lights

Faculty Member Rachele Riley’s video selected for PECO Crown Lights display.

An excerpt from “Visualizing the Art of War”, a video/animation by Graphic Design Faculty Member, Rachele Riley, will be featured on the Crown Lights display atop the PECO building on 23rd and Market Streets on Sunday, July 4. The video will be on view throughout the evening and during a televised broadcast by 6ABC in Philadelphia from 8–8:30 pm. This initiative, spearheaded by Breadboard and PECO, is part of Philadelphia’s annual Welcome America Celebration.

UArts Graphic Design Senior Portfolios 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 05:59


View Senior Portfolios on the Web.

Congratulations Rachele and James!

Thursday, April 22, 2010 05:10


Congratulations Rachele and James!
Rachele Riley, our newest full-time faculty member, has given birth to a healthy baby boy, Pascal Cavan Eure.
April 21, 7:57am, 8 pounds.

UArts Design Exhibition 2010: Design Does

Thursday, April 22, 2010 05:07

Design Does

This year The University of the Arts is holding the largest design exhibition in its history. In an effort to unify all four design disciplines, including Industrial, Graphic, Multimedia, and Museum Studies, the students have worked to plan, execute, and curate their own show.

Crane Arts Icebox Gallery
1400 N American Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-3803

April 30th to May 4th
Opening: April 30th, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Design Does

Senior Portolio Presentations

Saturday, April 17, 2010 05:37

Senior Portfolio Presentation Invitatation

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Join graduating seniors and faculty for portfolio presentations
5:00pm– 7:00pm

7:00pm– 10:00pm

Artemide Showroom
232 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

View senior portfolios on the web starting Tuesday, May 18

For further information, contact the UArts Graphic Design Department at
215.717.6225 or

Junior Workshops Spring 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010 09:00


Junior Workshops Spring 2010

Nathan Felde, The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston, Massachusetts
Workshop: February 22 - 26, Junior Section 1
Lecture: Thursday, February 25, 2010, CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall, 333 S. Broad Street, 6:00pm
Eventual Design for the Emergent World

Virginia Gehshan, Principal, Cloud Gehshan Associates, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Workshop: March 1 - 5, Junior Section 3
Lecture: Monday, March 1 (tentative), CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall, 333 S. Broad Street, 6:00pm
Branding, Wayfinding, Storytelling: Environmental Graphic Design at Cloud Gehshan Associates

William Bardel, Luminant Design, Greenville, New York
Workshop: March 29 - April 2, Junior Section 2
Lecture: Monday, March 29, CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall, 333 S. Broad Street, 6:00pm
55 Ways to be Happy: Words of Advice for New Designers
Open to the University Community

Junior Workshops 2010

Sophomore Workshops Spring 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010 09:00

Sophomore Workshops 2010

Sophomore Workshops: March 15 - 19, 2010

Oscar Fernández, Coordinator, Digital Design Program, School of Design, University of Cincinnati.
Workshop: March 15 - 19, Sophomore Section 2
Lecture: Thursday, March 18 (tentative)
CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall, 333 S. Broad Street: 6:00pm, with Jerry Kuyper
Symbol Design Clarity & Comprehension

Gary Munch, Type Designer and Professor, University of Bridgeport in Connecticut
Workshop: March 15 - 19, Sophomore Section 1
Lecture: Wednesday, March 17 (tentative)
CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall, 333 S. Broad Street, 6:00pm, with Kris Holmes
Calligraphic Spirit / Typographic Form

Jerry Kuyper, Visual Identity Consultant, New York
Workshop: March 15 - 19, Sophomore Section 3
Lecture: Thursday, March 18 (tentative),
CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall, 333 S. Broad Street: 6:00pm, with Oscar Fernandez
It’s Not Just the Logo

Kris Holmes, Calligrapher and Type Designer, President of Bigelow & Holmes Inc.
Workshop: March 15 - 19, Sophomore Section 4
Lecture: Wednesday, March 17 (tentative)
CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall, 333 S. Broad Street, 6:00pm, with Gary Munch
Making Letters…

Sophomore Workshops Spring 2010

Making Marks: 50 Years of Graphic Design Education at The University of the Arts

Thursday, December 24, 2009 10:46

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GD Alumni—Your Help is Needed!

Making Marks: 50 Years of Graphic Design Education at The University of the Arts

GD alum Timothy Samara (’90) is compiling material for a historical and critical exposition of the UArts/PCA graphic design program, from its inception in 1966 to the present. Situating the program in the context of American graphic design education and visual culture, this book is intended as a valuable reference work for historians, critics, design professionals, and instructors and students of design history. The book is targeted for publication in Spring 2016, to coincide with the department’s 50th anniversary.

As alumni, your participation is critical. Please download the PDF for detailed information.
Making Marks:50 PDF >

New York City Studio Tour

Saturday, November 14, 2009 06:46

Senior New York Studio Tour 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Senior New York City Studio Tour information and schedule.

Welcome GD Class of 2012

Friday, September 18, 2009 10:06

Class of 2012

View Class of 2012

UArts Alumni Reunion | Alumni Show | Call for Entries

Sunday, September 6, 2009 06:17

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Dear Fellow Graphic Design Alumni,

Have you ever had junior designers roll their eyes when you insist that they sketch with pencil and paper, rather than heading straight for the computer? Has a client looked at you like you were crazy when you propose taking a few weeks to come up with initial ideas for a project? Have you tried to explain overlays, or masks to someone who’s never done a mechanical? Drawn a beautiful curve with a brush that just doesn’t translate to Bezier?

Wouldn’t you like to see how the University of the Arts/PCA has always kept up with the evolving world of Graphic Design and still maintained its soul?

Help us show how!

In conjunction with Alumni Weekend (Oct 16-18, 2009), we are putting together a show of GD student work over the years. We would like to show the evolution of the UArts Graphic Design program through past student work – how it’s changed over time, maintained its emphasis on fundamental design principles, kept its process-oriented approach, and prepared students over the years for the design profession (and life) when they graduate.

The show will be about history, joy, frustration, and our collective experiences in this crazy, inventive program.

We’d like your help in creating this show. If by chance, you still have in your possession any original student work – plaka boards, painted posters, descriptive drawings, object translations, sketches, dots & lines projects, icon explorations, graphic identity proposals – we’d love to include them in the show. Even mechanicals! (Current students have no idea what that means!) And don’t worry about UPB (unsightly plaka build-up). It’s a badge.

Please send or deliver work ready-to-hang (need not be framed, but could be—pushpins and student work are natural friends) to:

Attn.: Jennifer Gin
Graphic Design Department
The University of the Arts
320 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Include your name, graduation year, course for which the work was done, instructor, and date of completion. Any short comments might also find their ways onto the wall.

Our deadline for receipt of the work is October 1. Thank you and see you and/or your work in Philly!

Emily Singer 1985
Gene Burns 1985
Marie Cirotti-Levine 1985

UArts Alumni Reunion 2009
Remember, Reunite, Reconnect
October 16–18, 2009

Welcome new GD Faculty and Staff

Wednesday, August 19, 2009 07:13

Riley and Gn

The Department is pleased to welcome new faculty member Rachele Riley, Assistant Professor and new staff member Jennifer Gin, Senior Secretary.

Welcome new GD Faculty and Staff

A Conversation with Hans Allemann

Friday, July 17, 2009 07:50

Hans Allemann 2009

Join in celebrating the illustrious career of Hans Allemann, former Graphic Design Professor at The University of the Arts and cofounder of the design firm Allemann Almquist & Jones. The secrets of the man from the mountains will be revealed in an intimate conversation with esteemed designer Joel Katz. A wine reception will follow.

Cosponsored by The University of the Arts, Office of Alumni Relations and AIGA Philadelphia.

Please post Hans-related photos to and tag photos: hansparty. All tagged photos will be projected during the reception.

Friday, October 16, 2009, 7 pm
Please RSVP by September 30
Levitt Auditorium – Gersham Hall, The University of the Arts
401 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
Admission is FREE!

AIGA Philidelphia