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October 19, 2019

An all-day, Student-Run design conference at Jefferson University –East Falls Campus DEC Center.

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What Are we all about?

Tandem is a student-run design conference that brings student and professional designers together for a day of shared expertise and experiences. The goal of the conference is to depict the life of creatives from various disciplines and how they collaborate in their own and other professions.

Meet and learn from some of the top professionals in their field and get a taste of what it's like to be a professional designer!

Tickets include access to the event, lectures, workshops, and demos as well as breakfast, lunch, and three raffle tickets for the opportunity to win prizes from our sponsors!


Speaker Roster

Professional speakers and workshop hosts for Tandem 2019!

Stay tuned as we update the full list for 2019!*


Maggie Bryan - Lecture

Maggie Bryan is a Brooklyn-based UX designer, currently Director of UX at Stink Studios. Her approach to UX integrates creative strategy and traditional UX design in order to create boundary-pushing digital experiences. At Studios Studios, she leads the UX discipline while also working hands-on to research, concept, wireframe, prototype, test, and deliver active projects. Her work has been recognized by The Webbys, Awwwards, FWA, and Communication Arts, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Verge, Adweek, Fast Company, and Time, among others. In her OOO time, she has hosted a series of talks around creativity and insanity with speakers like Jon Ronson and Blood Orange, mentored up-and-coming UX designers, and served as an advisor for nontraditional art spaces, like Elsewhere (NC).

More than Just Design | Taking a Good Concept and Making it into a Great Product

Jake Brosius - Lecture

As a designer, Jake Brosius enjoys being hands on with his process, whether that is building physical prototypes and mockups, generating concept sketches, or going out to conduct field research. When appropriate, he likes to bring a sense of delight or joy in the way the products he creates are interacted with. He believes it’s these small details that help us to create the emotional bonds to the products we love and use everyday.

The opportunities Jake had during his time at Philadelphia University kickstarted his career in design. He held multiple internships where he gained experience with LED lighting installations, redesigning existing products, and creating brand identities through design. During the collaborative project with Umbra and Target, he was able to launch his first product, Sidekick, designed to conveniently store an identification card and dorm room key for college students. As the IDSA Merit Award winner, Jake was also given the opportunity to represent Philadelphia University at the IDSA Northeast Regional Conference.

Jake now lives in Jersey City where he works as a Junior Industrial Designer at SDI Technologies (iHome). In his time at SDI, he has overseen 10 products from concept through to production with several more on the way. These include bluetooth/smart speakers, portable/desk fans, vanity mirrors, wireless chargers, and wellness products for mass market.


Due to the requirements of this workshop pre-registration is necessary to ensure we have enough materials and machines for all attendees

Soft Goods Fabrication

Hamid Holloman - Workshop

Growing up on the streets of Philly, Hamid Holloman has been inspired by his surroundings in all forms. His style reflects the bold patterns, style, and vibe of city life and the people who make it come alive. By using abstract lines and vibrant colors, he is able to make a statement while stretching the imagination into new artistic views.

Currently his work is featured in galleries, commercial retail establishments, boutiques, published books, and various events from Philadelphia to New York. He is also a highly sought-after hand typographer and does custom lettering for signs, banners, buildings, and murals. When he doesn't have a paintbrush in his hand, you can find him in the workshop creating one of a kind custom clothing for both CustomLifestyle and Search & Rescue lines. He is also involved with East Coast-based Butcher Shop Rehab, a custom furniture and vintage industrial design company.

Drawing for Design

Carter Agvent - Workshop

Carter has three years of experience in the field of footwear. Since graduating from Philadelphia University with a BS in Industrial Design, he has gone on to work for Urban Outfitters, Timberland, and currently works as a footwear designer at Cole Haan. 

360 Storytelling | Exploring Narrative and Virtual Spaces

Fredric “Fresh” Freeman - Lecture

Fredric “Fresh” Freeman is a digital artist and user experience designer on a creative journey sparked by a Packard Bell 486DX 33mhz, a Das EFX CD and floppy disk copy of Doom. Along the way, he has reshaped the image of the largest banks in America, helped transition one of the nation’s most recognizable brands into the world of mobile, toured the nation as a DJ, published his memoirs, and became a professor of Interactive Design and Animation.

His award winning tours of duty include stints at Razorfish, Tierney, Bristol Myers Squibb, Philadelphia University, Ultra Records, and Lombardi’s Original Brick Oven Pizza in Philadelphia. Freeman is the Founder/Creative Director of Philly based KUZU Creative House. He also serves as the President of the Philadelphia Area New Media Association, and teaches at the School of Design and Engineering at the Thomas Jefferson University. 

Product and Portrait Photography

Kriston Jae Bethel - Workshop

Kriston Jae Bethel is an award-winning, independent editorial and documentary photographer based out of the Philadelphia area. Producing environmental portraits alongside photojournalism coverage, his work has been featured in publications throughout the US, including Mashable, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, WHYY and many others. In addition to his editorial work, he has created images for advertising campaigns in the education, entertainment and non-profit industries. A graduate of both the journalism and political science programs at Temple University, he started with a background in writing, before moving into design and ultimately photography. Kriston is also a journalism and media educator, teaching courses at both Temple University and Jefferson University.

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Due to the requirements of this workshop pre-registration is necessary to ensure we have enough resources

User Research In Action | Welchallyn RetinaVue: A Case Study

Elaine Montambeau and Tom Myers - Lecture

Elaine Montambeau and Tom Myers are part of the WelchAllyn User Experience team in Skaneateles New York.

Since its inception in 2008, the WelchAllyn User experience team has been charged with bringing best-in-class research and development design processes into the company product development cycle. The team has helped to deliver multiple class-leading solutions to market, including the Connex Vitals Signs monitor family, Cardio Perfect electrocardiograph, Connex Spot monitor and more. 

Katie Lim - Lecture

Katie Lim loves creating opportunities for engagement and growth through her work, especially in toy design. After graduating from SCAD with a BFA in Industrial Design, Katie started her toy design career at Kids2, Inc in Atlanta. She became the lead designer for Baby Einstein infant products and later headed play gym innovation and development, bringing over 60 designs to market.

Katie then joined BARK’s first in-house design team after moving to New York. There, she learned the ins and outs of designing plush while applying her passion for illustration and character design to each collection. Her focus shifted back to her traditional ID roots to help establish BARK’s latest brand, Super Chewer. Katie is now the Director of Industrial Design for Super Chewer, pushing innovation, aesthetic and play in the pet industry.

Previous year's speakers

Below are the people who were so awesome as to bless us with their knowledge at previous conferences.  Check out our archive for photos on last years event!



Ticket includes

  • Access to the Event

  • Raffle Tickets

  • Catered Breakfast and Lunch

  • and a GREAT TIME!

Raffle Items

  • KeyShot Student Licenses

  • Rosenfeld Media Design Books

  • United By Blue Products

  • Crave Products

  • More to come!


*Stay tuned for this year’s event schedule!*


Contact Us 

Please allow for a modest delay in response time. Contact us through this form or email us at richard.perfetto@jefferson.edu. Thanks!

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Where we are

Jefferson University (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)

4201 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 19144


Where should you stay?

We understand some of you might be coming from out of town and so would need a place to stay overnight. No worries! Depending on your situation and volunteers, some students can let you "couch surf" for the weekend of the conference. There are also other options, such as actual Couch Surfing, Air BNB, a hostel, or a hotel.

If your interested in staying with a Jefferson student please fill out the form above or email us and let us know so we can provide you with a place to stay. Below are some helpful links to get you started. 







We have a team of students dedicated to keeping you as close to campus as possible! Couch Surfing is ideal if you are not coming from the Philly area, but ask soon, we have a limited number of spots. Contact us to find out more.




Here are some of our favorite places to stay near campus. Jefferson is located in East Falls, not Center City, so getting to and from the conference will be easy!

Crowne Plaza  (215) 458 2123

Hilton  (215) 879 4000

          Air B&B