DesignPhiladelphia is a 10-day festival held every October and is the oldest design festival of its kind in the country, founded in 2005 by Hilary Jay and Jamer Hunt. The festival is produced by the Center for Architecture and Design in order to highlight Philadelphia as a hub for design excellence, support economic opportunities for local designers, and demonstrate to the public the impact of design on our everyday lives.
We know that Philadelphia is a DESIGN city – we know that designers are a critical part of our local economy. We want to provide them the opportunity, show them off to the rest of the world, and support them by serving as a resource to help them thrive.
We also believe that thoughtful design can inspire and empower people within their local communities. This is why we produce the festival and convene over 130 events every October – to show the public the impact and power of design and how it can make our city and our lives better. We curate exhibitions, tours, programs, and workshops all over the City of Philadelphia so that locals and visitors alike can see Philadelphia the way that we do – one of America’s most creative and robust design cities.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
We are proud to collaborate with some of Philadelphia's brightest stars to produce this annual festival. Join the community of individuals, design firms, and organizations that support DesignPhiladelphia and connect with thousands of design-conscious Philadelphians. Click here to learn more about any of the following opportunities
- Host an Open House:
Open your doors to the community as part of our DesignCrawls! DesignCrawls take place on select days from 4-7pm during the festival and are each focused on a different Philadelphia neighborhood. Neighborhoods are added based on business and community partner demand to participate.
- Produce an Event:
Every year we partner with hundreds of designers, design firms, and related organizations to produce the DesignPhiladelphia festival. Throughout the festival, event partners organize and present public workshops, talks, receptions, exhibitions, tours, and other creative experiences.
- Create a Design Display
Have a window, storefront, or display space inside your office or business? Help create DesignPhiladelphia buzz by designing and building a display a week before the festival kicks off and leave it up through the end of the festival. Give passersby and visitors a reason to #DesignPhilly and highlight your organization as a part of our city's thriving design community.
- Curate an Exhibition or Installation :
Showcase your designs, products, services, and student work at a DesignPhiladelphia FestivalHub. Held each year in a unique location in Philadelphia, the exhibition features the work of local jewelers, architects, furniture makers, fashion designers, milliners, product designers, artists, and others.
- Submit to the Best in Design Challenge + Showcase:
DesignPhiladelphia's 'Best in Design' challenge asks regional designers and design companies to submit new, innovative, high-quality products that make life better. Finalists exhibit their work at a DesignPhiladelphia FestivalHub. The winning designers are awarded a cash prize of $5,000, promotional support, and mentorship to help scale up production and sales of their product.
- Sponsor + Advertise:
Join our loyal sponsors who have supported DesignPhiladelphia in the past and connect with thousands of design-conscious people in the greater Philadelphia region. We offer sponsorships that range from $1,500 - $50,000.