Strong Showing By PhilaU Design Workshop


The Philadelphia University Design Workshop had a strong showing recently in the 2015 University and College Designers Association’s 45th Annual Design Competition. There were nearly 1,100 entries to this national design competition, and the industry professional judges awarded 165 total awards in a variety of categories.


The Kanbar Selects, volume 1 Publication won a Gold Award (one of only seven Gold Awards), while the website for the same project was awarded a Silver Award as well as an Award of Excellence. The Kanbar Selects, volume 1 project was a prime example of Philadelphia University’s signature Nexus Learning teaching style: active, collaborative, cross-disciplinary and very real world.



This team based project produced by Graphic Design Communication students and an Interactive Design and Media student was undertaken in the Philadelphia University Design Workshop course during the Spring semester 2015. Tabitha Ahnert, Sarah Driban, Jessica Eversmeyer, Bunley Lim were the designers of the publication; while Julie Johnson was the website designer. 


Professor and Program Director Frank Baseman served as Creative Director and Art Director on the project. Said Dr. Stephen Spinelli, Jr., President of Philadelphia University, “Congratulations to the wonderful team of students and faculty who are advancing design and proving the exceptional quality of a Philadelphia University education. And congratulations to Dr. Kanbar for his belief in, and enduring support of PhilaU!” The award winning work will be on display at the 45th Annual UCDA Design Conference, October 3–6, 2015 in Orlando FL.