Print has the power to cut through the digital clutter and disrupt a screen-based environment, by engaging more of your senses.

GDLOFT is an award winning, Philadelphia based Graphic Design Studio that straddles the line between fine art and design. For past 15 years we have worked with local and international artists, higher education institutions, cultural art institutions, nonprofit organizations, and much more.

Our clients always appreciate that they work directly with us, the owners of the company. Our approach blends expertise in nonprofit best practices with a rigorously artistic approach, supporting creative organizations, universities, and nonprofits beyond the typical design process. Our team offers support on grant proposals, and guides partners through project conceptualization, design, and final delivery.

GDLOFT’s designers draw on strategies found in fine arts, music, architecture, and social sciences, we apply an adaptable approach to projects large and small to create solutions that fit our clients’ needs and the needs of their audience.


Principal, Creative Director

Allan Espiritu, founder of GDLOFT PHL, is a Philadelphia-based, award-winning graphic designer and educator. Espiritu received his BA in graphic design from Rutgers University-Camden and his MFA in graphic design from the Yale University School of Art.

Espiritu’s work has been published and acknowledged by AIGA, GDUSA, UCDA, Graphis, Communication Arts, Print Magazine, HOW, STEP, Applied Arts, and Art Directors Club. GDLOFT’s work has also appeared in Gestalten Princeton Architectural Press, PIE Press, and Rockport publications.

Espiritu heads the Graphic Design concentration program at Rutgers University-Camden. He served as President of the AIGA Philadelphia Chapter from 2011 to 2013.


Principal, Art Director and Managing Director

Kevin Kernan is a principal at GDLOFT, overseeing project management and business development. Kevin has an extensive background in print production, social media, and web design, having worked with Current Medicine/Current Science, Philadelphia City Paper, and Drexel University. He received his BA in graphic design from Rutgers University-Camden and holds a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University, where he specialized in working with nonprofit organizations and universities. Kernan’s work has been published and acknowledged by AIGA, GDUSA, UCDA, Telly Awards, Creative Quarterly, Print Magazine, and TED.

Matthew Higgins

Graphic Designer

Matt received with a degree in graphic design from Rutgers University and has been with GDLOFT since the summer of 2015. While he designs for all of GDLOFT’s clients, Matt currently designs and manages projects for University of the Arts, Rutgers University, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and IMPACT Services. He has received awards for his designs from Applied Arts, GDUSA and the National Students Design Conference.


Triona Hartman

Junior Graphic Designer

Triona graduated from the University of the Arts with a degree in graphic design and a minor in book arts and printmaking. Working with GDLOFT since September of 2017, she works with clients such as AIGA, Rutgers, the University of the Arts, and Choral Arts, and oversees production of print materials. Her work in print and digital media won several awards at the University.

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Tom W Bonner

Writer, Project manager, and Program Designer

Tom is a writer, project manager, and program designer supporting creative organizations and nonprofits in Philadelphia. At GDLOFT, he is a project manager and copy editor, and leads strategy for the REACH Partnership program, working to provide small-to-medium sized nonprofits with access to affordable ongoing design services. Tom holds a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University, sits on the planning team for TEDxPhiladelphia, and is a board member at Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia.

Past And Present Interns

Ruben Garcia
Triona Hartman
David Gardner
Kelley Brennan
Matthew Muhlbaier
Matthew Higgins
Tran La
Mike Choi
Gabrielle Termine
Courtney Fisler
Tom Murtaugh
Ryan Brennan
Chelsea Burrows
Kyle Ward
Hyun Seo
Susan Johnson
Carly Regn
Jonathan Clark
Christian Mortlock
Eydta Kupica
Mike Sung Park
Lucy Price
Kevin Kernan