2018 DesignPhiladelphia Festival to Spotlight Philly Designers, Companies

September 6, 2018 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2018 Festival


With over 120 events over nine days, this year’s DesignPhiladelphia festival is jammed packed with so many incredible exhibits, talks, and parties – it will be hard to choose – but it will be easy to navigate with our new DesignPhilly App.  So grab your phone and download it TODAY!

The festival will kick off October 3, 2018 at Bok in South Philadelphia, which will serve as a central hub for curated exhibitions and programming with a focus on shining spotlights on Philadelphia designers and companies. The kick-off party ticket includes a 4p.m. keynote with Paula Scher from Pentagram in the Bok auditorium.  Immediately following her talk, guests will experience the DesignPhiladelphia Exhibit Gallery and later enjoy delicious food, drinks and views on the iconic Bok Bar rooftop. Get your tickets here! Check out the Schedule for everything you need to know about who, what, when, and where.  Here are a few highlights about what's new this year.

FESTIVAL CAMPAIGN:  Design Purpose.  

This year we partnered with the incredible team at Cohere to create a campaign for this year's festival: Design Purpose focuses on the intention, process, and the functionality of design. One of the most compelling aspects of DesignPhiladelphia is that we collaborate with our design schools, and highlight the extraordinary young talent and innovation happening right in our own backyard. As a result, the content is always aspirational, civically inclined and focused on designing with purpose. That’s why it’s a design festival and not an art festival – there is a purpose beyond aesthetics.  As we continue to roll out more content digitally, in print, and at Bok and the Center for Architecture and Design -- the campaign will illustrate different projects and statisics that provide opportunities and a call to action for the design community to use their talents to actively participate in solving some of the most critical problems facing our city, our region, our country, and our world.

DesignPhiladelphia Exhibit Gallery @ Bok

One of our strategic efforts is to highlight Philadelpha designers during DesignPhiladelphia -- it's not all we do, but this year we tried to do it more than ever before -- hence we curated the DesignPhiladelphia Exhibit Gallery and filled the Girls Gym on the first floor of BOK with interactive design installations and programs throughout the duration of the Festival. The Girls Gym and adjacent hallways will also serve as a display hall for student and faculty exhibitions from a mix of departments from title sponsor Jefferson; Temple University, Tyler School of Art Architecture Department; Drexel Product Design; University of Pennsylvania Integrated Product Design; and the newly reorganized University of Arts Design Department.  In addition to the school exhibits, attendees will learn about Philadelphia designers across all disciplines, including the winner and finalists of the inaugural “Best in Design” Competition.  Bok will also be home to such other Festival highlights as a 3D-printed hanging light installation by new Philly designers Budmen Industries, which attendees can walk through; towers featuring AIA Philadelphia’s member architecture projects; a special exhibit by Mexico City architects and industrial designers, Mecate Studio and NextFAB; “lightening talks” from emerging Philadelphia designers presented by Haworth; displays by several designers who have studios at Bok; and much more.  

I hope you will enjoy the festival as much as we've enjoyed working with the hundreds of designers to make it happen for the 14th year in a row!

Much love,

Rebecca Johnson

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