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September 24, 2013
Join Natalie Nixon, PhD, Director of the Strategic Design MBA at Philadelphia University; Alex Hillman, Indy Hall; Rakia Reynolds, Skai Blue Media; Phil Charron, Think Brownstone; Jeff Friedman, New Urban Mechanics, City of Philadelphia; and Adel Abeid, Office of Innovation & Technology, City of Philadelphia for Service Jam: Brainstorming a Better Philadelphia Through One of the 5 Senses. A&G, the digital branding agency at 1619 Walnut, has graciously donated their space to host the event.
September 23, 2013
DesignPhiladelphia Festival Guidebooks Now Available In Print and Online at The 9th Annual Festival kicks-off with PopUp Place, Wednesday, Oct. 9
September 23, 2013
Join LAGOS at their Rittenhouse Square store to experience the jewelry designs of Steven Lagos. For DesignPhiladelphia 2013, the store is planning a mini-expo featuring the fabrication process of the new Bold Caviar collection. They are also offering complimentary champagne and light refreshments. Sunday’s demonstration will illustrate the artistry and craft unique to the creation of LAGOS jewelry. According to the company’s website, “The artistry of Caviar is best captured through its creative process. It takes hundreds of tiny steps to complete the many facets of a single Caviar creation.” Guests will witness this process first-hand; from the initial sketch to hand-crafted wax molds and casting to presentation of the final piece. Janice Wright Waitkus, store director of community relations, tells me that she hopes those who attend will get a better understanding of, “the true art and craft of the most personal form of art – jewelry.”
September 20, 2013
Students and faculty from the Industrial Design undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of the Arts traveled abroad this summer to initiate design projects in two very exciting and challenging locales in collaboration with local stakeholders there. Professor Mike McAllister and Professor Will McHale accompanied a group of undergraduate design students to Ndabibi, Kenya to continue an ongoing design collaboration with a local farmer and community leader, which expanded to address issues impacting the entire local community. Projects emerged that dealt with food preservation, understanding how rural Kenyans access and use water, problems with beginning female menstruation disrupting women's education, alternative cooking and fuel use, and sanitation and prevention of disease. Graduate students with Professor Jonas Milder and Professor Jeremy Beaudry from the Master of Industrial Design program traveled to Beirut, Lebanon to initiate a design research project investigating the translation of design methods and tools across cultures through the exploration of trust as experienced in the daily lives of Beirut citizens. Through co-design workshops, focused fieldwork, and rapid prototyping, the MID team worked with Lebanese students and designers to explore the shifting definition and application of design methods and tools in the Beirut context.
September 19, 2013
Bluecadet, locally-based designers of multimedia experiences, invites visitors to join them in celebrating the grand opening of their new office space in Fishtown. The new space holds 45 employees and includes a 3,000 sq ft production studio for full-scale prototypes of their installations, a library, lounge area, and more. Guests are invited to mingle with the Bluecadet team, enjoy tasty food and drinks, check out some of Bluecadet’s "slick interactives" and learn more about the company.
September 17, 2013
Shop handmade goods, see demonstrations, and visit the remarkable new building of Tyler School of Art at Temple University for the Art Market at Tyler. For the 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, on Friday, October 11, and Saturday, October 12, Tyler will host artists and craftspeople selling work throughout the 160,000 square foot facility on Temple University's campus. Participating artists are being selected by Erin Waxman and Megan Brewster, owners of Art Star Gallery and Boutique. Visitors can also watch and participate in demonstrations, such as silk screening by local phenom, Candy Coated.
September 16, 2013
Drexel's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design invites you to experience first-hand one of our region's premiere design educational institutions as part of the 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival. The URBN Center, a 140,000 square foot facility of immersive and collaborative learning spaces, includes a state-of-the-art Hybrid Making lab, Gaming Lab, Motion Capture studio, computerized knit prototyping studio, and outstanding studios dedicated to architecture, fashion, product design, graphic design and interior design. Experience one of the region's hidden treasures - Drexel's Historic Costume Collection, featuring over 12,000 historic and iconic garments and fashion accessories, as well as demos of 3D printing and laser cutters.
September 13, 2013
This month Art of Life features DesignPhiladelphia as we approach the upcoming event running October 10th through October 18th. The 2013 DesignPhiladelphia Festival is a citywide event that unites the region’s dynamic creative community by bringing together individuals and organizations from across the design spectrum, placing a spotlight on Philadelphia as a hub of creativity and innovation. The Festival, attended by thousands of design aficionados celebrates the past, present and future of Philadelphia design, while highlighting the region’s dynamic creative economy and increasing awareness of the role design plays in our everyday lives. This year’s theme, EXPERIENCEdesign! will spark emotions and engage the senses.