Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Special congratulations going out to 2011 graduate Caleb Heisey, winner of a 2015 WEBBY Award for his design of author Haruki Murakami’s personal web site. The Webby Awards, established in 1996, are the internet’s highest honor, and Webby recognition is considered a career level achievement by the graphic design community. Check out Caleb’s amazing work by clicking here!

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Susquehanna just had a great showing at the Disctrict 2 ADDY awards! Now it's off to Nationals! Congratulations to the winners! District Two is the best and most competitive region on the country, it covers New York City, New York state, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington D.C. Here are the winers! GOLD Krystal DUKE: Café Vienna Coffee Packaging Colton SCHOOLS: Death of a Salesman Poster SILVER Joey VIVACQUA: The Ultimate Rivalry DVD Colton SCHOOLS: Elmer Gantry Poster Colton SCHOOLS: Gaslight Anthem Poster Katie RAGAN: GYPSY Magazine Erica SIMON: Comic-Con Ad Campaign Colton SCHOOLS: JFK Book Jacket.

Sunday, March 2, 2014


It was another GREAT year for Susquehanna Graphic Design at the AAF ADDY Awards! SU won 13 of the 20 awards handed out in the student category, including the coveted Judges' Choice Award and the $500 BEST of SHOW Award! Congratulations to all of the winners - there were MANY entries from numerous other schools and the competition was pretty stiff. Here are the winners: BEST of SHOW and GOLD ADDY winner: Joey Vivacqua's Ultimate Rivalry DVD packaging. JUDGES' CHOICE and GOLD ADDY winner: Colton Schools's Elmer Gantry Theater Poster. GOLD ADDY WINNERS: Loren Schott (Potato Chips Packaging), Krystal Duke (Café Vienna Packaging), Colton Schools (Death of a Salesman Poster). SILVER ADDY WINNERS: Katie Ragan (Gypsy Magazine), Erica Simon (Ladybug Stationery and Comicon Ad Campaign), Eleni Dimou (Ichabod IPA Beer Packaging), Colton Schools (Gaslight Anthem Poster and JFK Book Jacket). It was also a HUGE night for me personally as SU Alumni won many awards in the professional competition. Two great friends of our program, Seth Sirbaugh and Robby Prall of Tribe won BEST IN SHOW and JUDGES' CHOICE in the PROFESSIONAL competition. Robby graduated from Susquehanna in 2009, and I was Seth's professor at Shepherd University way back in the late 1990s. Robby and Seth give back by spending a day workshopping with SU sophomores and senior students each and every fall. We couldn't be prouder of these of these guys - they deserve every success. I've included their show-stopping pieces in the images below. Next time they visit, pay attention! Finally, big congratulations to all of SU's art department faculty, but Amanda Lenig in particular. Amanda is a wonderful designer and teacher, and almost all of the packaging design winners, including Joey's DVD package, came from her class. Students can only do great work if they have great projects, and Amanda's newest DVD project is a real hall of famer. We are very lucky to have her, and I'm proud to have been her teacher!

Loren Schott and Joey Vivacqua

Joey Vivacqua, Best in Show winner!

Best in Show! $500 winner! 

Alex Wilson, Lorn Schott, Joey Vivacqua, Krystal Duke, and Colton Schools

Colton Schools and Krystal Duke

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Congratulations to Keeley Gribb (Class of 2014), who has just been awarded the prestigious Brian Brown scholarship award from the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington. The award is given annually to the most successful underclass entrant in the club's annual Real Show competition. Fantastic job!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Great video featuring the class of 2013 as the prepare to mount their graduation exhibition in the Lore Degenstein Gallery! 

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Congratulations to Billy Spack for winning yet another award for his epic poster for the theatrical production of "What We Knew." This time it's a Gold ADDY award at the 2013 National ADDY awards held recently in Phoenix, AZ. This is just about as good at it gets. Congrats again Billy, also the winner of the 2013 Katie Kasinecz Memorial Graphic Design Award for the Outstanding Student in the SU Graphic Design Program!

Friday, May 10, 2013


From left to right: Greg Arrington, Ona Boseroy, Cassie Plunkett, Katie Quinn, Sandi Aung, Cecile Madonna, Jenn Meng, and Billy Spack. Congratulations!

Thursday, May 2, 2013


The ADDY awards are the largest graphic design and advertising competition in the world, for students and professionals alike — drawing in excess of 60,000 entries from across the country each year. The ADDYs is a three-tiered contest, with separate competitions at the regional, district, and national levels. You have to win at one level in order to qualify for the next! 

Susquehanna was just recognized with SIX District 2 ADDY awards, an incredible achievement! District 2 is the largest, most populated district in the country, covering New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC. It also happens to be the district with the most powerhouse graphic design programs. According to US News, 6 of the top 10 university graphic design programs are located in District 2. Fantastic competition! 

All of the winners are now headed for the AAF National competition. Good luck to everyone, and hopefully Susquehanna can add to its already impressive total of National ADDY awards! 

The winning District 2 pieces are shown below: 

Cecile Madonna, Silver

Erica Simon, Gold

Erica Simon, Gold

Billy Spack, Silver

Billy Spack, Gold

Billy Spack, Gold

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Susquehanna crushes 2013 ADCMW Real Show!

Susquehanna graphic design just turned in yet another stellar performance in this year’s ADCMW Real Show! Susquehanna designers were recognized with 19 of the 31 total pieces selected for exhibition! There were four problems in all, and SU had the only pieces accepted in the magazine and web categories! Once again, Mississippi State University followed us with 10 selections, and there were a couple other big schools with one each.

This year’s projects called for a gig poster, ad set, and merchandise piece (only the posters are shown here) for New Jersey band The Gaslight Anthem, a Web and Mobile site design for Washington DC education association NAFSA, a cover and feature article design for Washingtonian magazine, and a stationery package (including pocket folder, not pictured) for the Yoga Services Council.

The winning projects are pictured below!

Billy Spack

Greg Arrington

Greg Arrington

Cecile Madonna

Keeley Gribb

Brandon Mash

Jennifer Meng

Jennifer Meng

Cara Rizzotti

Margaret Ruth

Margaret Ruth

Keeley Gribb

Krystal Duke

Jennifer Meng

Cecile Madonna

Jennifer Meng

Katie Quinn

Jennifer Meng

Cara Rizzotti

Monday, February 25, 2013


Susquehanna Graphic Design had another great showing at the AAF ADDY Awards this weekend in Maryland! Our students were recognized withan amazing 21 of 24 total student ADDYs awarded at the ceremony, including the prestigious $500 Best of Show and the special Judges’s Choice award. Congratulations to all of the students involved! 

Susquehanna University graphic designers at the AAF ADDY awards.
(Clockwise, from rear left)
Katie Ragan ’14, Randolph, NJ: 1 Gold and 1 Silver
Keeley Gribb ’14, New Cumberland, PA: 1 Gold
Cassie Plunkett ’13, Ambler, PA: 2 Golds and 1 Silver.
Billy Spack ’13, Arlington, VA: Best of Show, 3 Golds
Katie Quinn ’13, Emmaus, PA: 1 Gold
Ona Boseroy ’13, Short Hills, NJ: 1 Gold
Colton Schools ’14, Wyalusing, PA: 1 Silver
Krystal Duke ’14, Selinsgrove, PA: 1 Silver
Erica Simon ’14, Succasunna, NJ: 2 Golds
Loren Schott ’15, Hazleton, PA: 1 Gold
Cecile Madonna ’13, Elizabethtown, PA: Judges’ Choice, 2 Golds, 1 Silver

Best of Show poster designed by Billy Spack ’13, from Arlington, VA. 

Judges’ Choice ad campaign for the A&E show Hoarders, designed (and photographed) by Cecile Madonna ’13, from Elizabethtown, PA.

Monday, February 18, 2013

PIXAR comes to Susquehanna Design!

Our very own Cassandra Smolcic ’06 returned to campus recently to talk with all of us here in Susquehanna’s graphic design program about her experiences as a feature film graphic designer at PIXAR animation studios in San Francisco! Cassandra gave an extraordinary design-majors-only talk about what it’s like working on films such as Toy Story 3, CarsBrave, and Monsters University. Cassandra described her creative process in great detail, and explained all the ins ands outs of working collaboratively with the rest of the geniuses at Pixar. She was even kind enough to workshop with current design students — attending critiques and giving feedback, and even going to dinner with us. We are really proud of her accomplishments and grateful that she’d take time out of her job to fly all the way across the country just to hang out with us for a few days!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Semanchik wins Jessica Hische poster competition!

Congratulations to Steve Semanchik ’09 for winning the poster design competition for the March 14 Society of Design talk by typography superstar Jessica Hische. Steve’s poster, designed in S.O.D.’s signature straight magenta, was chosen by Jessica herself! Steve began his design carrer at the Harrisburg agency Triple Strength, but returned to Susquehanna last year as one of the university’s design team. Great job! 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Caleb Heisey board game featured on Fast Company!

Congratulations to Caleb Heisey, Susquehanna Graphic Design graduate and currently an MFA candidate at Philly’s Tyler School of Art, for having his board game “VIRTUOSO” featured on Fast Company’s site. Big congrats to Caleb and the gang at Tyler! Check out more of Caleb’s amazing work at his site: www.calebheisey.com, or just search for him on Pinterest!

Monday, December 10, 2012

SU Graphic Design hosts David Plunkert and Joyce Hesselberth of SPUR!

The design program was honored this week to play host to a visit from David Plunkert and Joyce Hesselberth from SPUR design in Baltimore. The husband and wife designer and illustration took time to talk about their work with students, and were even able to look at student portfolios after their lecture. SPUR has been in business since 1995, and their client list boasts names such as MTV, Capitol Records, and Warner Bros. David is one of the world’s premiere illustration talents, and has been recognized countless times by every major graphic design competition on the planet — what’s even more impressive is how it has become a rite of passage in the American graphic design community for designers and illustrators to copy his unique style. We are so thankful that they were able to make the trip up and share their experiences with us!

Friday, November 9, 2012

HATCH SHOW PRINT at Society of Design!

What a blast we had this evening at the Society of Design listening to the great Jim Sherraden from Hatch Show Print talk to us about the history of America’s greatest letterpress poster shop. The lecture was just wonderful, and like taking a walk through the history of American popular culture. One of the best and most informative design events we’ve ever attended. Did I mention that our very own Josh Schott ’11 was a bona fide Hatch Show Print intern?

Jim and the SU design crew before the lecture!