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:, 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!

Friday, May 11, 2012

CLASS OF 2012! Congratulations!

The Annual Susquehanna University Senior Luncheon! One last chance to get together with the SU Graphic Design class of 2012 before graduation on Sunday! One of our best, most accomplished groups ever. Congratulations to you all!

(From left: Rob Bourke, Maura Mirarchi, Monque Grimord, Marra Landino, Shaylyn Berlew, Jordan High, Ceara teixeira, Marissa Collins, Mike Ryan, Laurin Lumbard, April St. Angelo, and Ben Ross. Not pictured is Chance King.)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Jordan High selected for HOW MAGAZINE!

Here’s an amazing accomplishment for an extraordinary young designer: our very own Jordan High has had a logo design selected for inclusion in the How Magazine self-promotion design annual. Jordan created this logo during his internship at The Infantree during the summer between his junior and senior years — and that agency was smart enough to not let him get away. Jordan already had signed on to work there after graduation! It’s very, very rare for a student to receive recognition in one of the most prestigious professional design competitions in the world — but hey, we are talking about Jordan and SU here!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

ADCMW Real Show 2012

For the EIGHTH year in a row Susquehanna University graphic design majors dominated the Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Real Show student design competition, with more work accepted than any other school — and more medals as well!

SU had an astonishing 17 of 26 total pieces selected for the juried show, and 8 of the 12 medals awarded! There were a dozen schools involved this year, and the competition received hundreds of entries.

Here’s a summary of the results:
Susquehanna: 17 accepted, including 8 medals
American University: 3 accepted, including 2 medals
Mississippi State University: 2 accepted, including 2 medals
James Madison: 2 accepted
Boston University: 1 accepted
Longwood University: 1 accepted

It's also worth noting that the graphics for this year's show were design by last year's big winner: Josh Schott '11, who designed the show poster and call for entries that were sent out to announce the competition to all of the colleges and universities involved. Here's Josh's poster:

Here are Susquehanna's winning pieces, click on the thumbs to view larger images:

Maura Mirarchi, Gold Medal
Jordan High, Gold Medal
Ceara Teixeira, Gold Medal

Monique Grimord, Silver Medal
Maura Mirarchi, Merit

Shaylyn Berlew, Merit

Rob Bourke, Merit

Katie Quinn, Merit

Ben Ross, Merit

Jordan High, Gold Medal
Ceara Teixeira, Gold Medal

Keeley Gribb (Go sophomore class!) Merit

Jordan High, Merit 

Shaylyn Berlew, Gold Medal

Maura Mirarchi, Silver Medal

Ceara Teixeira, Merit