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What We Do


GDLOFT is minority owned and was founded in 2003 by Allan Espiritu. We do more than design. We analyze, strategize, integrate and transform your content through a plan, a medium and a message. 

We view you as collaborators and partners in the design process. We meld our diverse vision and varied experience with yours. The open mixing
and acceptance of different perspectives and approaches is the foundation of our methodology.

Who We Are

Allan Espiritu

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.

Kevin Kernan

Principal, 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.

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Matthew Higgins

Senior 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.

Our Collaborators


We understand the missions of various industries and institutions and have engaged their audience through successful collaborations. 

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Academy of Natural Sciences 


Andrew Zeah, Artist


Astral Artist

Botswana Cheetah Reserve 

Bus Stop Boutique



Choral Arts

The City of Philadelphia

The Clay Studio

Dapper Dog

Ego Po

Elizabeth Demaray, Artist

Enchantment Theatre

Eastern State Penitentiary


Hopkins House

IMPACT Services

Illustrating Progress

Kensington Community Partners


Lantern Theater Company

Legal Clinic for the Disable (LCD)

Lethe Press

Margery Amdur, Artist

Muhlenberg College

Mural Arts Program


Neenah Paper Company



Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy

Onyx Valley

Oxford Press

Pam Longobardi, Artist

Paul Bernstein, Artist

Perfect Communications

Pew Center for Arts & Heritage

Pig Iron Theater


Philadelphia Mayor’s Fund

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center

Preservation Alliance

Rock to the Future

Rothman Institute

Rutgers University

The Schuylkill Center

Swarthmore College

Temple University

Temple Contemporary


University of the Arts

University of Delaware

University of Pennsylvania



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