in design that is rooted
in a conceptual approach.
GDLOFT is an award winning collaborative design studio based in Philadelphia, specializing in elevating the visibility and accessibility of creative, cultural, and educational institutions and individuals. For 15 years, we have worked with local and international artists, higher education institutions, cultural art institutions, nonprofit organizations, and much more.
Our approach blends expertise in nonprofit best practices with a rigorously artistic approach, supporting creative organizations, universities, and non-profits 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 are experts in providing design solutions for nonprofits, educational institutions, and creative organizations. Drawing 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 holds a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University and specializes working with nonprofit organizations and universities. Kernan’s work has been published and acknowledged by AIGA, GDUSA, UCDA, Telly Awards, and TED.
Matt is studying Graphic Design at 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.
Past And Present Interns
Mike Sung Park