Student Project as Design Ignites Change Finalist

Tuesday - April 15, 2014

Tasked wit designing a responsive communication strategy and/or community-led activities that can advance post-Hurricane Sandy resilience and preparedness efforts in South Brooklyn, Rachna Batra, Jeannette Hodgkins, Jonathan Frey, and Diego Zaks created the Resilience Extravaganza to engage the public in these issues of resiliency with a series of spectacles

This year’s Design Ignites Change Student Innovation Award winners forecast a bright future for the field of social impact design. Students were encouraged to think big when it comes to innovating with design to solve community problems and they came through with numerous noteworthy project ideas.

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Spring 2014 Survey Assignments

Thursday - April 3, 2014

GradComD Survey SPRING 2014
Survey will be held at the 123 West 18th St Studios


  • All work must be set up NO LATER than 9AM
  • See instructions for constructing survey presentation boards!
  • Faculty juries will take place from 10AM-3PM with a break for lunch
  • The studios will be open to the public from 3PM-6PM
  • Students must breakdown their work beginning at 6PM (but not earlier)


  • All work must be set up NO LATER than 9AM
  • See instructions for constructing survey presentation boards!


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Chair Jeff Bellantoni to become Chief Academic Officer at Ringling College

Tuesday - March 25, 2014

Jeff joins Ringling College as Vice President of Academic Affairs this summer after serving the past six years as Chairperson for the Graduate Communications Design Department.

Ringling College of Art and Design today announced that Jeff Bellantoni has been appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs for Ringling College after a nationwide search conducted by Shelli Herman and Associates. An author, educator and award-winning graphic designer with over 20 years in higher education, Mr.

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Fall/Summer 2014 Advisement

Monday - March 10, 2014

GradComD Advising and Registration for Fall and Summer 2014

Fall registration begins on March 24th, your exact date for registration can be found on page one of your degree audit (accessible at

Please read through this entire email. Registration instructions are included at the end of the email, and there are updates to requirements you need to be aware of.

If you would like to meet with an advisor in person, please call 212 647 7573 or stop in the GradComD office to make an appointment.


MS ComD and MS Package Design:

If you have not yet taken DES618 Type I, DES625 Visual Perception, or DES680 Digital Design, you should take these courses in the Fall 2014 semester. DES677 Electronic Pre-press is a requirement for the ComD track and should also be taken in the Fall semester.


  • If you have not yet taken DES628 Structural Packaging or DES632 Packaging Technology, you should take these courses in the Fall 2014 semester.


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Important Dates for May

Monday - March 10, 2014

Please see important dates below for survey, Pratt show, and graduation information.


  • MS Survey is May 6–7, 10AM-6PM (all MS classes except thesis)
  • MS Thesis Juries are May 8–9, 10AM-6PM (Thesis II and In-progress students)
  • MS Directed Research review is May 12, 10AM-1PM
  • MFA Final Critique (first year students) is May 12

PRATT SHOW: May 12–15 at the Manhattan Center

  • Set up is May 10–11
  • The Pratt Show reception is May 13 at 6PM at the Manhattan Center

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GD USA Profiles GradComD Student John Olson

Friday - March 7, 2014

GD USA listed GradComD student John Olson as a student to watch in 2014 and recently profiled him. Past winners include Rebecca Weiner (2010), Ekta Mody (2011), Natalie Sims (2012), and Liz Siebert (2013).

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2014 GradComD Design Spring Speakers Announced

Thursday - February 13, 2014

Pratt GradComD has put together this spring's lecture series. We'll be joined by Pablo Medina, Armin Vit, and Andy Cruz starting in February. For more information on each event, please see the event dates below. All events will take place at 6pm at the W18 studios.

February 27, Pablo Medina
Two-Day Hand-Lettering Workshop

March 6, Armin Vit

April 24, Andy Cruz

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Professor Seeking Students for GradComD Book

Sunday - January 19, 2014

GradComD Prof. seeking a few MS/MFA students to work on concept and design of the next GradComD Book now through June.

YOU: impressive print designer, enthusiastic collaborator, with time-management skills. Let’s meet on a weekly/bi-weekly basis at my studio on W. 28th St. Some financial compensation is available.

HOW TO APPLY: submit 4 – 6 samples of your best print work and resumé to Jennifer Bernstein by January 27th, 2014 (printed samples are preferred). Application materials may also be dropped off in GradComD office by 27th deadline.


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Alumnus and Professor Arem Duplessis to join Apple as Creative Director

Monday - December 30, 2013

Arem Duplessis has decided to leave his post as design director of The New York Times Magazine. Come February, he’ll begin his new position as a creative director at Apple. Read about it here.

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GradComD Student Gina Lucia wins GD USA Award

Saturday - December 14, 2013

GradComD student Gina Lucia has won an award from GD USA for her branding project designed for Lucero Elementary School in the Bronx.

The principal Kattia Cuba, found her portfolio in an online search and contracted her to create their branding palette, identity, recruitment brochure, tshirt and promotional materials.

To see a full list of winners, click here.

To see the full project on her portfolio website, click here.

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Pratt recognized as one of the 5 most influential graphic design schools

Monday - October 21, 2013

Pratt is recognized as one of the top graphic design schools in the country & most influential of the past half century in a survey of 10,000 design professionals by Graphic Design USA magazine; an alumnus of the program was named as the most influential graphic designer working today.

In a survey of 10,000 design professionals by Graphic Design USA magazine, Pratt is recognized as one of the five most influential graphic design schools of the past half century. See details here.

In the same survey, Pratt is considered one of the top 5 graphic design schools in the country today. See details here.

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Hennessy and Pratt collaborate for 2nd year

Wednesday - October 16, 2013

Pratt Institute and Hennessy V.S challenge students to create new work inspired by pushing limits of their potential. Finalists' work honored with special exhibition during Art Basel Miami

André De Castro
André De Castro
Michael Finkelstein
Michael Finkelstein

2013 Participants

André De Castro
MFA, Communications Design; Pratt Institute.
First Place
Project website

Michael Finkelstein

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Visiting Professor Andrew Shea Featured on Design Observer

Sunday - October 13, 2013

Visiting MFA professor Andrew Shea's essay was recently featured on Design Observer.

Shea is a graphic designer, writer, and educator who has taught graphic design at Maryland Institute College of Art, Fordham University, Parsons The New School for Design and Pratt Institute. He is partner of the New York based studio MANY and his writing has appeared in many publications. To read the essay, please follow the link here.

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In Conversation with Tony DiSpigna

Thursday - October 3, 2013

View the video In Conversation with Tony DiSpigna here. The video is from the "Type of Show" exhibition curated by Like Minded Studio and Kind of Gallery.

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Pratt Students Win Big in Las Vegas

Thursday - September 26, 2013

Ten Pratt students were honored during the 2013 PackExpo convention on Monday, September 23rd in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Paperboard Packaging Alliance’s (PPA) annual student design challenge awards luncheon. Four Pratt teams advised by Graduate Communications Design Visiting Instructor, Thomas Delaney participated in this years’ PPA challenge: develop innovative packaging solutions for a fictitious movie theatre style candy package.

A record number of students from the US and Canada participated in this year’s challenge, with more than 190 students competing from 13 leading packaging and graphic design programs.

First place winners for their “woops!” concept are: Jennifer Ip, Elizabeth Taurisani & Amy Shun Yeh.

Second place winners for their “Twisters” concept are: Marina Brant, Renato Martins Cerqueira, Maija Rozenfelde & Jessica Vande Werken.

Fourth place finalists for their “spinits” concept are: Anna Ocon Beltran, Andrea Bernardo & Kai-Ting Fan.

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GradComD Alumnae win American Graphic Design Awards

Friday - September 20, 2013

Simin Li, Mona Bagla, and Abha Anand were each honored.

Simin Li, a graduate from the class of 2013, received the "American Graphic Design Award" from Graphic Design USA, for her "aurea eco-cosmetic" package design.

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GradComD Students win Adobe Design awards

Tuesday - September 17, 2013

GradComD students Vivi Feng & Yu-Ping Chuang have won the Adobe Design Awards for their packaging concept which previously won "Best in Show" in The Dieline Package Design Awards.

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Pratt ranks 3rd in College Salary report

Friday - September 13, 2013 ranks Pratt 3rd in it's most recent college salary report and return on investment report against all other art & design colleges. ranks Pratt 3rd in the best Art & Design schools for starting salary and mid-career pay. View the rankings here.

Pratt ranks well against public and private colleges when all disciplines are factored in. Check it out here.

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GradComD Student Wins Gold

Thursday - September 12, 2013

Among the 172 participants, only 24 potential students were chosen. From that group, Cynthia Douaiher and her partner Guan Pei Xuan received the top prize.

GradComD student Cynthia Douaiher and her partner Guan Pei Xuan have won Gold in Taiwan while participating in the “New Wave, Cultural Gene Transfer” and “ADA (Asia Design Alliance)” workshops. Their work includes a book and a poster that present an infographic in four languages that captures the dynamic of their relationship.

Cynthia Douaiher poster

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GradComD Student package featured on Packaging of the World.

Monday - September 9, 2013

GradComD student Ivy Zheyu Chen's package for A BOOK was featured on Packaging of the World. For more information about Ivy, visit her personal website here.

A BOOK is a line of sketchbook binding kits, featuring three different methods:
Stitch Binding, Perfect Binding and Japanese Binding.

The kits provide tools and materials for a 72-page sketchbook with customized pattern cover.

A BOOK targets at customers who are upper-middle class, sophisticated, possibly in art and design field, like working with hands, and prefer the aesthetic of neutrality and architectural modernity.

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Yue Chen wins in TDC Competition

Wednesday - August 28, 2013

Yue Chen, a GradComD student has won "Certificate of Typographic Excellence" in the TDC Communication Design Competition. It will be included in the Annual of the Type Directors Club, Typography 34, and will also be shown at the 59th Awards Exhibition in New York.

Of the over 2000 entries from 37 countries, 215 from 17 countries were selected. These winners will also be included in 7 exhibitions touring cities in the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

TDC59 will be on display in New York City. The date will be announced at a future time. Information and invitations to the opening will be sent at a later date.

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GradComD "Live Learn Design" wins Gold and Silver

Thursday - August 22, 2013

The GradComD book Live Learn Design won GOLD in the University & College Designers Association (UCDA) Annual Competition (recruitment/art schools category). Only 6 Gold awards were given out of over 1000 entries.

The book was designed by students (now alumni) Chantal Fischzang, Nick Misani, Richard Hall, and Esteban Perez, and art directed by Professor Brenda McManus.

A series of GradComD 40th Anniversary letterpress book plates – designed and hand printed by professor McManus and the students – and included with each book, were submitted in the "best use of printing processes" and was awarded EXCELLENCE.

The UCDA Design Competition recognizes the best of the exceptional design work done to promote educational institutions (secondary, vocational, or higher education).


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Fall 2013 Orientation

Sunday - August 18, 2013

Hello all incoming and returning students!

Please join us for the Welcome Back reception to be held on Wednesday, August 28 from 6-8PM at PMC, 7th floor. (This event will coincide with the closing reception for the Graphic Advocacy Exhibition at the PMC Gallery, 2nd floor.)

You are also welcome to join any New Student Orientation events if you'd like, details are below.

Fall 2013 Orientation Schedule:

FRIDAY 8.23.13
Orientation for GradComD Students
Location: 144 W.14th st, 2nd fl. rm 213

  • 4:00 pm: Meet and greet with our student activities group the Communications Committee.
  • 5:00-7:00 pm: Information Session (required for all incoming students)
  • 7:00 pm: Reception in the 2nd floor lobby

SATURDAY 8.24.13

  • 2:00: Students will meet at W18th Street studios on the third floor
  • 3:00 - 5:00: MoMA trip
  • 5:30 - 7:00: Studio Tour, Type Directors Club presentation and technology demo's at W18th Street studios
  • 7:30 GradComD after party at Fiddlesticks (56 Greenwich Ave)

Location: 144 W. 14th st 7th floor

  • 6:00 - 8:00pm: Welcome Back Party for Faculty and Students and Exhibition Closing Reception

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Graphic Advocacy Exhibition

Tuesday - August 6, 2013

In conjunction with the wonderful new exhibit at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, "Graphic Design Advocacy." The GradComD Gallery will be presenting work of candidates from the Graduate Communications Design department in the 7th floor gallery.

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GradComD Graduate Aaron Mickelson’s Thesis Featured on BuzzFeed

Sunday - July 21, 2013

Aaron Mickelson’s thesis concept is based on the idea that if companies created disappearing packaging for popular products, America could cut down on the 140 billion pounds of wasted packaging generated every year.

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