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Kutztown University Communication Design


Upcoming Events and Accomplishments

NASAD approved plan approval for MFA in Communication Design!

The program is scheduled to begin for fall of 2014. View curricular details, program admissions requirements or contact the department at 610-683-4530. You may also contact Graduate Admissions for more information.

David Bullock Return of the CD Grads 2013

Thursday, October 17
1:00-3:00 in the SUB Alumni Auditorium.

Tracy Nenna Shinko

Tracy Nenna Shinko has over 12 years experience in the advertising & marketing industry. After graduating from KU in 1999 and then from the VCU Brandcenter in 2004, she has worked for a wide range of clients, from Amtrak to Southern Comfort to CoverGirl. Tracy has been a part of creating both local and national TV campaigns, as well as everything from print ads to web banners to Facebook apps. She is currently working as a senior art director at Tierney in Philadelphia, PA.

Michael McAghon

Michael McAghon is a Director, Design at Intuitive Company. He holds a BFA in Communication Design from Kutztown University.

As a consultant, Michael has lead engagements and strategized interactive design solutions for clients such as the United Nations, Bloomberg, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, The City of Philadelphia and Silicon Valley Bank. He has a passion for creating simple and minimal user experiences to harness complex technologies.

Michael's also enthusiastic about his art, photography and being a good father which he visually blogs about on a regular basis.

AIGA Ice Cream Social and artist's visit

Thursday, September 19, 2013. 7pm
Sharadin 120
KUCD alum Tom Whalen will be visiting. You can meet him and hang out with all the cool kids and the KUCD faculty at our Ice Cream Social on the 3rd floor of Sharadin. Tom's amazing posters have been gracing our walls for more than a year now and many of you have admired his work. More about Tom here: Strongstuff

Greg Christman talks

Friday, September 13, 2013. 6:30pm
Sharadin 120
Greg, designer and illustrator at 160/90, a branding and advertising agency in Philadelphia returns to speak. Sponsored by the student AIGA and Art Club.

Tom Whalen Poster Show

Monday, August 27 through October 2013
Sharadin 3rd Floor

New Faculty!

The CD department welcomes back Prof. Summer Doll-Myers and Prof. Ann Lemon.

Past Events

Senior Portfolio Review

Thursday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m.

Etsy — “A Day in the Life at Etsy...”

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Sharadin Art Building

Jason Huff and Dylan Greif talked about how they do product design at Etsy. They explained the unique culture at Etsy, reviewed their design principles, and dug into their methodology. Students saw how they iterate their way to good design and continue to push for improvement in a endless, feedback-driven process.

Rob Weychert Lecture — “From Self-centered to User-centered...”

Friday, April 19, 2013
Sharadin Art Building

This event was be open to the public. To learn more about Rob, please visit his site at http://robweychert.com.


Friday & Saturday, April 12-13, 2013
Sharadin Art Building

Designathon is a 24-hour event where teams of volunteer Communication Design students along with professors and alumni, design and produce pro-bono creative works for non-profits.

PASSHE approved MFA in Communication Design!

The program is scheduled to begin for fall of 2014. More details to come in May of 2013 after NASAD plan approval process is complete.

David Bullock Return of the CD Grads

Thursday, October 18
1:00-3:00 in the SUB Alumni Auditorium.

Ross Moody

Who is that gorgeous specimen? That's me. Hello, my name is Ross Moody and I am currently the one man operation behind 55 Hi's.

What is 55 Hi's? 55 Hi's (Fifty-Five Highz) began in 2010 as a simple means of spreading inspiring quotes and quirky ideas. It has since spiraled out of control—in the best way possible—into an online greetings collective, of sorts. A destination for graphic goodness, tasteful typography, and artful alliteration. At 55 Hi's, sincere life lessons are laid delicately onto French paper where they frolic joyfully, side-by-side with cards that become shot glasses. Why? Because both of those things will make you smile, and smiling is a nice thing. Design. Inspire. Smile.

Who are you? Well, like I said My name is Ross. I'm a Taurus and I like fun facts in organized bullets. Like this:

  • I've eaten pizza almost every day for the past 3 years.
  • I have been known to write some music from time to time.
  • I lost my state's semi final spelling bee in 5th grade on the word Glen. It's a small mogul or hill apparently. I gave it two n's
  • One day I am going to own a Dachsund named Benson and I'm going to give him treats.

and Deb Brandt (Schutt), owner of Moxie House LLC, a design and marketing studio based in Lancaster, PA.
Fig Lancaster
Moxie House

Almost 20 years ago, with a degree in Communication Design from Kutztown University, Deborah headed to New York City to launch a career in the luxury goods industry. After working for several years at a midtown design
studio, she became an Art Director at Ralph Lauren Fragrances, and then the Creative Director at Parfum Givenchy, part of the LVMH luxury goods group.

Ultimately wanting to make a local impact through good design, Deborah returned to her hometown of Lancaster in 1999 to start her own studio, Moxie House. With the mission, 'Design for Good,' Deborah and her Moxie House team brought fresh, unexpected, effective communication to small and mid-sized businesses in her community.

Through this work, Deborah recognized the need for a unified marketing piece that celebrated Lancaster's rapidly evolving downtown—and the Fig® communications package was born. Under Deborah's creative direction, Fig®, a hyper-local print, web and social media package, has offered both voice and vision for the City of Lancaster's revitalization over the past seven years. (In addition, Deborah and her team at Moxie House have packaged Fig® for other communities, expanding two years ago into Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania.)

Passionate about community, Deborah injects her work with an unabashedly positive voice that resonates with readers and clients alike. Making a home in Lancaster with her husband and three children, Deborah's career path has come full circle to a place of purpose and invigorating professional challenge that keep life interesting in the hometown she loves.


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