As the oldest design festival of its kind in the country (founded in 2005 by Hilary Jay and Jamer Hunt), DesignPhiladelphia highlights the work of thousands of local designers, architects, and creative professionals to demonstrate Philadelphia’s reemergence as a 21st century city shaped by thoughtful design, collaborative business practices, and community engagement.
Over the course of ten days each October, places such as universities, cultural institutions, civic associations, city agencies, retailers, manufacturers, and startups across the city participate in over 100 engaging events including panel discussions, fashion shows, participatory workshops, studio tours, book signings, professional development classes, design exhibitions, and imaginative celebrations.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
We are proud to collaborate with some of Philadelphia's brightest stars to produce the 2018 Festival. Join the community of Philadelphians who have supported DesignPhiladelphia in the past and connect with thousands of designers and design-lovers here in Philadelphia.
- Host an Event:
Every year we partner with hundreds of designers, design firms, and related organizations and companies to produce the DesignPhiladelphia Festival. Throughout the Festival, event hosts open their spaces to the public for workshops, talks, receptions, and exhibitions. Click here to download the 2018 Event Partner Sheet. Registration for the 2018 Festival will be open until June 30th.
- Host an Open House:
Open your doors to the community as part of our design crawl! Design crawls will take place from 4-7pm over 6 days of the festival and are divided by neighborhood. Click here to learn more. More neighborhoods will be added based on demand.
- Exhibit at DesignPhiladelphia:
For the first time ever, DesignPhiladelphia is creating a festival hub - at BOK, a historic vocational school closed by the School District of Philadelphia in 2013. Today 60,000 square feet within the building is filled with jewelers, architects, furniture makers, fashion designers, milliners, product designers, artists, and charitable organizations. DesignPhiladelphia will be filling the first floor of BOK with interactive design installations and programs throughout the Festival. Click here to learn more.
- Best in Design Competition:
DesignPhiladelphia is excited to announce its first ever 'Best in Design' competition, a new challenge that asks regional designers and design companies to submit innovative, high-quality products that make life better. Finalists will exhibit work at DesignPhiladelphia 2018. The winning design will be awarded with a cash prize of $5,000. Click here to learn more.
- Sponsor + Advertise:
Join our loyal sponsors who have supported DesignPhiladelphia in the past and connect with thousands of people here in Philadelphia. We offer sponsorships that range from $1k-$50k. Click here to download the 2018 Sponsorship Packet, or click here to contact Rebecca Johnson for more information.
DesignPhiladelphia’s mission is to make Philadelphia a hub for design excellence, support economic opportunities for local designers, and demonstrate to the public the impact of design on our everyday lives.