news + commentary on design
March 7, 2012
Calderwood Gallery, 20th Century Design and Photography recently relocated to Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, in the hotter-than-hot 600 North Broad Street block. Their grand opening celebration will be held Friday, May 11, 2012, from 6 to 9 p.m. They will officially unveil the 5,000 square feet build-out they undertook in the historic E. Hart Stable building (ca. 1880) at 631 North Broad.
January 9, 2012
At some point we stop seeing and experiencing what we live with, becoming blind to the familiar - things, systems, even problems in our surroundings. Design thinking can shift our vision, literally making what is straight in front of us visible again.
October 25, 2011
They sound like lyrics from The Sound of Music: scissors and cameras and fashion store catwalks; chairs and eyeglasses and train station hallways; plaster gargoyles on historic facades. These are a few of Jay's favorite things. For seven years, Hilary Jay has been walking the talk: design is everywhere. As director of DesignPhiladelphia, she has assembled a dizzying array of subjects and objects; from things that can be held in your hand to the city grid that frames your imagination.The annual 10-day festival is created in partnership with the University of the Arts, but Jay still does a lot of the legwork. We tried to keep up with her as she criss-crossed the city, running from event to event. At the end, we developed a deeper appreciation for the designer of her shoes.
October 11, 2011
Its industrial-strength, big-manufacturing economy is long gone, and Philadelphia, like many cities, is embracing Richard Florida's much-vaunted "creative class" as a key to growth. But no other American city struts its creative stuff with more vigor than during the upcoming DesignPhiladelphia. For 11 days (October 13-23), DesignPhiladelphia propels design -- in its many disciplines -- to the forefront, with more than 150, mostly-free public events: movie viewings, runway shows, book signings, workshops, demonstrations, open houses, exhibitions and parties.
September 22, 2011
We were lucky to have the very talented guys over at NOM NOW design our promotional posters for this year's celebration. Check out the rest of the posters and information here.
August 12, 2011
Conceived and Curated by Marianne Bernstein (curator of The Welcome House in Love Park during DesignPhiladelphia 2009) the project aimed to bring some of Philadelphia’s best video artists to an unexpected public place, City Hall’s Dillworth Plaza.
July 11, 2011
DesignPhiladelphia took to the streets on First Friday to ask YOU how design affects your life. Check out the responses! Big thanks to Mayor Michael Nutter, Gary Steuer and the awesome DP Street Team!
December 1, 2010
Two years ago, during the annual citywide fest DesignPhiladelphia, parking spots on a busy block in Center City were temporarily inhabited by “interventions.” They included a corrugated cardboard seating area for seven, an acid-green and blue napping module, and a waist-high wooden platform affixed with tens of tiny cars on springs that bobbed to and fro with the whoosh of each passing SEPTA bus. The installations were entries for “Spot,” a competition that challenged designers to reclaim the parking spot and to generate thought about public space.