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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 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
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Rendering of Schuylkill Yard. Image Courtesy of Drexel University

September 21, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
Architecture is always a key component in DesignPhiladelphia programming and this year there are a bevy of fascinating events that will provoke new avenues of thought and inspire excellence in architects, students, and enthusiasts alike. Here are some events that are sure to strike a chord with the designers of our built environment: 2016 Storefront Challenge Awards Celebration Thursday October 6th | 4:00PM - 6:00PM Help us celebrate the winners of this citywide contest—and meet the people behind the storefront facades that are making Philly a great place to live. More Info [email protected] presents THE BEACON in collaboration with Jenny Sabin Studio: Spotlight on The Rail Park October 6 th -16 th | 24/7 THE BEACON will respond to diverse and multi generational users via a free app, which will ask users a different health question each day; the real-time results will alter THE BEACON’s surface behavior, and these data will be used to radically redesign healthcare. More Info Finding, Conserving, and Supporting George Washington’s Headquarters Tent Thursday October 6 th | 6:00PM - 8:00PM Listen in on a panel celebrating the collaboration of a diverse group of professionals across disciplines who worked together to conserve and display a unique...more
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Student's create terrariums exploring sensory aspects of HOME.

September 20, 2016 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2016 Festival
Five Senses of Home October 6-16 | 9:00AM - 5:00PM UArts & String Theory High School 333 S Broad St. (Gallery 224) & 1600 Vine St. Learn More Defining “Home”: Building Community and the City through Design Thursday 10/13/16 | 6:30PM - 8:30PM University of the Arts, 320 South Broad Street Learn More For the 2016 DesignPhiladelphia Festival, University of the Arts and Spark-Fuel Ignite have paired up to present “Five Senses of Home”, an interactive exhibition where students tell personal stories through terrariums of home. We asked the exhibition organizers “What does HOME mean to you?” and here’s what they had to say… What does HOME mean to you? Each person has a different answer for this seemingly simple question. We all have unique memories and definitions of home: the sight of loved ones, the smell of mom’s cookies, or the sounds of a city. Though often used to describe a location, the way we describe home reveals that home is more than a place. It’s a collection of memories we describe typically using our five senses: the sights, the sounds, the touch, and of course the tastes and smells of home. Over the course of a year, Spark-Fuel-Ignite!...more