David Copestakes

David Copestakes

Assistant Professor of Art and Design

David Copestakes is an Assistant Professor in the department of Art and Design where he teaches Graphic and Interactive Design. David has over 15 years experience in the graphic design industry and has worked in both areas of print and interactive design. He holds an Associates of Arts Degree from Bucks County Community College, a B.F.A. with a concentration in Graphic Design from Arcadia University and a M.F.A. in Graphic and Interactive Design from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

Copestakes’ professional work has been recognized nationally and internationally, including the publications HOW magazine, Rockport, UCDA, and American Illustration. He has been a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of AIGA for over 10 years and currently sits on the executive board. He also runs his own studio Stake Creative Design where he specializes in poster design, illustration, publication design, corporate identity systems, packaging and interactive design. Although Copestakes has worked on various corporate-based projects, he believes that graphic design has the ability to speak out about issues that affect the world around us. His recent work focuses on topics such as sustainability, animal rights, human rights, suicide prevention and the death penalty. He has a passion for the outdoors and uses nature as his inspiration in his work.

Recent Exhibitions and Presentations

  • Copestakes, D. (2010) SEPCHE Faculty Art Show. Chestnut Hill College. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Copestakes, D. (2010) “Green and You” International Poster Design Exhibition, Doosung Inthepaper Gallery. Seoul, Korea (Oct. 1 – Oct 16 2010)
  • Copesatkes, D. (2010) “YAKU” 4th International Poster Exhibition.  San Ignacia de Loyola Univeristy. Lima, Peru
  • Copestakes, D. (2010) “Art For Animals”, National Anti-Vivsection Socity, Chicago Illinois
  • Copestakes, D. (2010) “Green Patriot Posters” online exhibition. <http://www.greenpatriotposters.org>
  • Copestakes, D. (2010) UCDA Engagement Project on Suicide Prevention, Smyrna Tennessee
  • Copestakes, D. (2010) The Haiti Poster Project. Poster design to raise awareness of the Haiti earthquake and raise funding for Doctors Without Borders <http://thehaitiposterproject.com/>
  • Copestakes, D. (2009) UCDA 39th Annual Design Exhibition, Seattle Washington
  • Copestakes, D. (2008) “Place Your Art Here” SEDSO design, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
  • Copestakes, D. (2007) The Hurricane Poster Project Exhibition Moore College of Art, Philadelphia Pennsylvania


  • Copestakes, D. (2009) UCDA 39th Annual Design Competition. Silver Award
  • Copestakes, D. (2009) UCDA 39th Annual Design Competition. Award of Excellence
  • Copestakes, D. (2008) 39th Annual Creativity Awards. Silver Award Winner
  • Copestakes, D. (2008) 39th Annual Creativity Awards. Award of Excellence
  • Copestakes, D. (2008) UCDA 38th Annual Design Competition. Award of Excellence

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