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September 29, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
Mural Arts & J2 Design | A First Look at a Fresh Look Thursday, October 13th: 6:00PM - 9:00PM 990 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 Read more… Have you seen Mural Arts new Brand? In the spirit of Mural Arts, the new brand invites the public to participate in its design. On Thursday, October 13 th , you can put your creative mark on Mural Arts’ new brand. Come out for an evening of discussion and hands-on art-making projects, to be featured in a month-long campaign across the city. We asked the designers of the new brand at J2 Design to give us some background on the design process behind Mural Arts’ new graphic identity. Here’s what they had to say… Branding is not just designing a logo and slapping it on a tote bag (surprise!). Strong and thoughtful branding... Defines how people feel about the organization and the services and products offered. 
 Helps people to make choices on how to spend their time in money in a crowded market place 
 Communicates the quality of the service. 
 Reassures audiences that they have made the right choice. 
 Encourages people to identify personally with the brand culture...more
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September 28, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
Where Design Comes Into Play Exhibit Ongoing, Opens Thursday, October 6, 2016 Philadelphia City Hall, 2 nd and 4 th Floor, Visitors’ Entrance, NE corner Read more… What’s your favorite memory of play? Whether you recall building tree forts, watching ants, pretending to be an explorer, or spinning around until you got dizzy, it’s likely that your best play experience happened close to home. Children need time, space, and freedom to play—and that’s become increasingly hard to find. 59% of parents report that there is no place to play within walking distance of their homes. In poorer neighborhoods, that figure increases to 69%. Between 1981 and 1997 alone, time spent playing by children age six to eight declined by 25 percent. Fear of litigation produces playgrounds that follow a dull formula of fencing and prefab play equipment. In many cities, lack of funding has led to barren and battered parks, playgrounds, and schoolyards. Play isn’t just about fun, even though it feels that way! Play is an essential part of every child’s life and a vital component of learning. Play fires our imagination, independence, and creativity. Play teaches problem solving. It shows us how to collaborate together and get along...more
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September 27, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
Design Research Symposium Friday October 14th | 12:30PM - 8:00PM URBN Center | 3501 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19104 Learn More How does design answer complex problems? According to D.S Nicholas, Director of The MS Design Research Program at Drexel University, the answer is simple: research. We spoke with Dee about this program at Drexel, a brand new program (in its inaugural year) that is predicated on the idea that research holds an important place in any design process. Read the full interview below: Q: Tell me about Design Research… A: Design Research is an exploration of information as a way of driving a decision making process. When designers make decisions, they typically pull from their past experience and their aesthetic. The process is different for design researchers, as opposed to the typical project-oriented design process, design researchers create knowledge around information and processes that come from the study of different issues and problems. Q: What kind of issues do Drexel’s Design Research students study? A: These types of projects bring up bigger questions, and that’s where design research comes in. Students delve into the topics of technology, intelligent design, wearables, patient centered health processes, community outcomes, and sustainability, to...more
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September 23, 2016 | 2016 Festival, DesignPhiladelphia
PRESS RELEASE: The Great Innovation Debate! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Caroline Tiger 215-554-6840 [email protected] THE GREAT INNOVATION DEBATE! Thursday, October 13, 2016 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Bresslergroup, 1216 Arch St., 7 th Floor Join Bresslergroup, DMI, and Penn IPD for “The Great Innovation Debate,” a dmi:NightOut during DesignPhiladelphia 2016. Do innovative products result most consistently from user research pull or from new technology push? Think of the most disruptive products, the ones that changed society. Were they driven by user research or technology? Which will drive design’s most significant breakthroughs in the future? Hear industry professionals from Bresslergroup, Penn IPD, Comcast, Black & Decker, and more argue for Team Research and Team Tech. The audience decides the winner! Following the debate, stick around to network, nosh, and debate amongst yourselves. The event is free but space is limited — registration is required . ABOUT BRESSLERGROUP Bresslergroup is a research-driven product innovation lab and design consultancy. Our curious thinkers, makers, and problem solvers challenge and inspire each other every day to discover elegant solutions to complex development problems. ABOUT DMI The Design Management Institute (DMI ) is an international membership organization that connects design to business, to culture, to...more
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September 22, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
Reimagining Kensington: Revitalization of Waterloo Playground Monday, October 10th, 3pm to 5pm Waterloo Playground, 2501 Waterloo Street, Philadelphia 19133 Read more... Reimagining Kensington: Triple Bottom Line Happy Hour Monday, October 10th, 6pm to 8pm Honeygrow HQ, 1601-1699 North Front Street, Philadelphia 19122 $35 General Admission Read more... JDT International Inc ., Urban Roots and Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation are excited to share our collaborative work through two events as part of the 2016 DesignPhiladelphia festival. Under the heading of “Reimagining Kensington,” the two events are: (1) a public launch for the revitalization and redesign of Waterloo Park and (2) a happy hour reception hosted by Honeygrow HQ. Both of these events will showcase projects in the Kensington, Fishtown and Norris Square neighborhoods that involve community-engaged design process and present examples of real estate and business development in the neighborhood that creatively adapts existing infrastructure and reclaims vacant land. Through these events, we are especially excited to share how thoughtful and innovative collaborations between for-profit and non-profit entities can create Triple Bottom Line initiatives that can create real and lasting community revitalization. JDT International Inc. is a Fishtown/Kensington-based development firm that specializes in Public/Private Partnerships in Urban Planning...more