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2014 Festival

September 10, 2014

Come learn, play and chat around all-things services. Service design is the activity of planning meaningful services for people, keeping in mind the user, experience, materials, infrastructure and communication. If you are in the business of selling services (think education, healthcare, law, technology) or experiences (think retail, products, hospitality, transportation); if you love design and are curious about design thinking; and if you are curious to learn and share new ways of improving the experience of our city, our neighborhoods, and our commerce – then this event is for you!

September 10, 2014

Celebrate food and our sensory connections to memory. Build new memories and community during this event at the Philadelphia Center For Architecture- Home of DesignPhiladelphia.

September 10, 2014

(Philadelphia, PA) – Five Philadelphia women who are leading interior designers and major forces in the field will bring their joint expertise to a panel titled, “Defining A Profession: Interior Design in Philadelphia” on Thursday, October 16, 6:30 pm, at Moore College of Art & Design as part of DesignPhiladelphia. This Design Forum event presented by Graduate Studies at Moore's MFA in Interior Design will be moderated by faculty member James Miller and feature Moore alumnae Karen Daroff and Marguerite Rodgers, Floss Barber, Barbara Eberlein and Kimberly Williams. Following a question and answer session, the audience is invited to a reception with the panelists.

September 10, 2014

Gravy Studio has curated a show for DesignPhiladelphia titled Residuum, featuring work by Kelton Bumgarner and a collaborative project between Pam Farrell and Krista Svalbonas. Brought together by similar themes of destruction and residue, they have all taken a wide range of techniques to envision their final landscapes.

September 9, 2014

Take a walk through the rich history of Italian footwear in a lecture led by Clare Sauro, Curator of the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University. The discussion will explore the cultural significance of shoe design, from Salvatore Ferragamo to the fashion-forward shoes produced by houses such as Prada and Romeo Gigli, and will be followed by a private viewing of select examples of Italian footwear in the Fox Historic Costume Collection. The FHCC, housed in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, is one of the finest teaching collections in the United States.

September 9, 2014

From man’s first sketches on the cave wall, to the rise of the “selfie,” the portrait has been an ever-present subject matter for artists. The power of the portrait to tell a story, illuminate social injustices, or capture a moment in time lies in the pictorial representation as well as the media and process by which it was made. In Face Value, presented at Main Line Art Center October 6 to November 5, artists Nick Cassway, Mark Khaisman, and Steven Earl Weber uniquely approach portraiture and social commentary through the manipulation of packaging tape, computer cut stencils, and printed glass.

September 8, 2014

Let's celebrate a #decadeofdesign together! The Center for Architecture invites you to explore design in traditional and unexpected ways through over 120 exhibits, workshops, demonstrations, tours, lectures, and events held in a variety of venues across the city from October 9-17th. Experience how design impacts your everyday life through wide-ranging topics; including architecture, urban planning, interior, landscape, graphic, multi-media, product, and furniture design.

September 7, 2014

Twenty artists have been selected from Philadelphia’s pool of nationally and internationally renowned artists and designers. These artists will reimagine an unassuming IKEA ® mirror for the Reflecting Design Silent Auction, the main attraction of our 2014 PopUp Place Kick-Off Benefit and Party. Bidding on these one-of-a-kind creations will begin online prior to PopUp Place, until then have a look through the incredible portfolios of our selected artists.

September 6, 2014

Forged in the same fires as our famous Liberty Bell, the 1702 Christ Church Bell is a living instrument carrying the sound of our Nation's revolution to the present. The bell symbolizes the endurance of this great American experiment.

September 5, 2014

Interact 12 is the annual show of the best in student interactive design and animation. If you want to see what the design students at Tyler School of Art are doing in web and app design, and animation, then this is the show for you.