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Signs of Change Exhibition for DesignPhiladelphia. Image Credit: Chris Kendig Photography

By Sharon Leshner on Dec 3, 2015
Throughout DesignPhiladelphia, local organizations, Here's My Chance + Street Dept. presented a collection of 60 "Vote Here" signs as a part of the project, Next Stop: Democracy. Together, these artists' "Vote Here" signs created a 1-day, pop-up art installation across Philadelphia on Election Day, November 3rd. The signs were placed outside of polling locations around the city in an effort to celebrate civic engagement and shout out with art where to vote. Their DesignPhiladelphia exhibition was a huge success, and left the audience wanting more. Though the signs are no longer on display, you can still get your fill of... more
Bruce Mau Portrait

Bruce Mau Portrait. Image Courtesy of COLLAB.

By Sharon Leshner on Nov 5, 2015
Collab to Honor Branding & Design Visionary Bruce Mau with 2015 Design Excellence Award | Nov 20 Collab at the Philadelphia Museum of Art shares great design programs and exhibitions all year round, but its biggest event is the Design Excellence Award , coming up on Nov 20. This year the Award goes to the amazing graphic designer Bruce Mau. Internationally recognized for his achievements in design, including visual identities, brand systems, books, packaging, and exhibition graphics, Mau’s Massive Change Network, his most recent work, applies design tools and concepts to environmental, social, economic, and political problems. Collab 2015 Design... more

Jumpstart Fashion Show, Image Courtesy Chris Kendig Photography

By Sharon Leshner on Oct 26, 2015
Thank you to everyone who made the 2015 DesignPhiladelphia Festival a success! Our Festival is the signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. From October 8th-16th we showcased the work of over 400 practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals and we demonstrated the force of Philadelphia’s design, tech, and collaborative business practices, in over 85 events across the Greater Philadelphia area, This year’s Festival kicked off at the Liao Collection, a striking gallery abounding with Antique Chinese and Japanese furniture, objects of art and textiles. Over 300 guests mixed, mingled, and experienced the debut of Pearl Street Passage. All... more