National honors bestowed on graphic design alumni

October 24, 2019

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – National gold and silver awards have been bestowed on two graphic design alumni for work they created as students at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The American Advertising Federation awarded a National Student Gold Award to Brandon M. Wolff for his “Trailblaze Chocolate Co. Packaging” and a National Student Silver Award to Jared D. Kosko for his “Rue Morgue Brewing Co. Packaging.” In the design industry, the awards are referred to as ADDYs.

Brandon Wolff

Brandon M. Wolff poses with his award-winning “Trailblaze Chocolate Co. Packaging” designs. Wolff, a 2019 graphic design graduate from Pennsylvania College of Technology, won a National Gold Award from the American Advertising Federation.

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“It’s a huge win to receive both gold and silver ADDY awards at the national level, and it shows that our students are producing some of the best undergraduate work in the country,” said Nicholas L. Stephenson, instructor of graphic design.

Wolff and Kosko, both of whom graduated in May, earned gold awards from the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Advertising Federation and silver honors at the regional (District 2) competition before moving onto the national level.

The American Advertising Awards is the advertising industry’s largest competition, attracting more than 40,000 entries each year across the U.S.

The mission of the awards is to recognize the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Wolff, formerly of Effort, is a junior designer at Gatesman in Pittsburgh. Kosko, formerly of DuBois, is a graphic designer at Boost Mobile in Overland Park, Kansas.

A picture of the artwork of the logo for a brewing company's beer product.

Jared D. Kosko’s “Rue Morgue Brewing Co. Packaging” captured a National Student Silver Award from the American Advertising Federation. Kosko is a 2019 graphic design graduate from Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Penn College graphic design students and alumni consistently earn recognition in regional, national and international advertising design competitions.

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Last Updated October 25, 2019