Camp Week @ CHOP: Raise a little hell!

Rose had the great privilege of volunteering at this year's Camp Week at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. It was an amazing week to cherish—bringing the spirit of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp to the children of CHOP, their siblings and their families (and raising a little hell, per Paul Newman) complete with campfires, s'mores, arts & crafts, carnivals, race cars and, of course, slime. This year's t-shirt was art directed by the Philly HOP team and illustrated by DiSanto Design. 

This year's theme was space week—counselors and patients alike were transformed into astronauts with jet packs on their backs.

This year's theme was space week—counselors and patients alike were transformed into astronauts with jet packs on their backs.

Rose and her fellow counselors in the Purple unit.

Rose and her fellow counselors in the Purple unit.

Congratulations, graduates!

Rose was honored to address the University of Delaware’s Department of Art & Design at their 2016 convocation ceremony on May 27. Rose, an alumna of the Visual Communications program, challenged the graduates to use their art-making to do something for a greater good. Rose talked about her career in graphic design—and how that influenced her volunteer work at Children’s Hospital Boston and at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut. She asked her fellow artists to stand as advocates for the arts, to find their cause, and bring their art to it.

Rose (far left) with Bill Deering, other faculty and the newly-minted graduates of the VCUD program. Congratulations to all!

Rose (far left) with Bill Deering, other faculty and the newly-minted graduates of the VCUD program. Congratulations to all!

Rose leads marketing panel at NPEA conference in Baltimore

Rose was asked to lead a panel on marketing for education-based nonprofits at NPEA's 8th Annual Conference in Baltimore in April, 2016. She asked Allan Espiritu of GDLoft, Tracy Donofry of 160over90, Chris Buoni of Perfect Communications and Sharon Gallagher of Sage Communications to join her. (DiSanto Design also created all of the supporting collateral and signage for the conference). Many thanks to all participants and to NPEA for hosting another wonderful conference. (Photos by Danielle Visco, Luv Lens)

Rose at the podium

Rose at the podium

Sharon Gallagher of Sage Communications and Allan Espiritu of GDLoft.

Sharon Gallagher of Sage Communications and Allan Espiritu of GDLoft.

Allan, Tracy Donofry of 160over90 and Chris Buoni of Perfect Communications.

Allan, Tracy Donofry of 160over90 and Chris Buoni of Perfect Communications.

DiSanto Design at AIGA 2016 Feedback

Rose was honored to participate in AIGA Philadelphia's 18th Annual portfolio review night at Moore College of Art & Design on May 2, 2016. A great evening meeting some fierce up-and-coming talent and reconnecting with other more "seasoned" designer/reviewers. Photos by the talented Emila Randler.

Designing Valentine Cards at Lead Graffiti

Rose and Andrew spent a wonderful afternoon with our good friends at Lead Graffiti, rifling through their collection of lead and wooden type pieces to create this year's valentine's day card designs. Added bonus: meeting Chris Fritton, who was in the house as part of his tour with The Itinerant Printer project.

At Lead Graffiti with Ray Nichols and Martha Carothers, two of Rose's mentors.

At Lead Graffiti with Ray Nichols and Martha Carothers, two of Rose's mentors.

Andrew composing his valentine design.

Andrew composing his valentine design.

The Itinerant Printer with some of his work.

The Itinerant Printer with some of his work.

Rose to Lead Marketing Panel at NPEA Conference, April 2016

Rose has been asked to lead a workshop on nonprofit marketing at the 8th Annual National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) Conference in Baltimore in April. The panel will offer best practice tips and resources to NPEA members attending the conference: school and non-school based programs, independent, public and charter schools, colleges and universities, education nonprofits, and others committed to educational access and success for all students in college, career, and beyond.

Go Challengers!!

DiSanto Design is the VERY proud sponsor of this year's Challenger League Phillies team. This team is made up of a truly amazing group of kids who may be challenged physically, but have more grit and enthusiasm and pure joy than any other team we know. Go Challengers!!! (And shout out to my brother, Coach Frank, for giving so much of himself to this great group of kids for more years now than I can count -- xox)

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Rose Collaborates with Adaire School's 7th/8th grade Storytellers

Rose led a morning bookmaking workshop with students at the Adaire Alexander School in Philadelphia on October 9. Rose was invited into the classroom by her great friend and neighbor, Dr. Chris Long, who had been working on a project with her 7th and 8th grade students about personal storytelling and memoir. Rose worked with the students to create and bind their own books to showcase their essays. The collaborative project was met with great enthusiasm by all — and Rose will be invited back for a private showing of the finished books in a few weeks. We can't wait!


Rose Leads Mentoring Panel at AIGA Design Educators Conference in Porland, Oregon

Rose DiSanto was asked to lead a panel on Mentorship at the AIGA Design Educators Conference in Portland, Oregon in September. Rose invited representatives of three other mentoring programs across the country to join her on the panel. And presented her work with the AIGA Philadelphia Mentorship program, which pairs seasoned professionals with up and coming designers in our field. (It was also a great excuse to reconnect and spend time with her college roommate, Jayne Whitaker, Professor of Graphic Design at University of Dayton in Ohio!)

 

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Rose on AIGA Leadership Panel in Denver

Rose spent four days in Denver, Colorado at AIGA's National Leadership Retreat. Rose was one of four participants who sat on a panel to present mentorship programs across the country. Also represented were AIGA DC, AIGA Colorado and AIGA Orlando. Rose is founder and director of AIGA Philadelphia's Mentorship Program.