Thursday, April 10, 2008

Design Philadelphia Moves to October

Part of National Design Week
Inaugurated in Spring 2005, DesignPhiladelphia (DP) returns on October 16 thru 22, 2008, to run in conjunction with National Design Week. Now in its fourth year, this citywide cultural initiative recognizes this region's distinguished design history and celebrates its contemporary significance as a center for the advancement in the design disciplines. Drawing an audience of 160,000 last year, visitor numbers are expected to increase significantly in 2008. For one week, the city of Philadelphia will become an arena of design with over 50 events, including: exhibitions, lectures, gallery openings, book signings, studio tours, and workshops all taking place under the DesignPhiladelphia banner. (To review the 2007 roster of events, go to www.designphiladelphia.org.)

The focus of DP is on design with a capital "D" and showcases the disciplines of architecture, graphic design, product design, textiles, fashion, multimedia and urban design. Our mission is to enlighten the public about the breadth and depth of visionary work taking place behind closed doors, to promote student retention, and to foster business growth. Past participants include: star design firms such as Kieran Timberlake Associates, Mio Culture, and Josh Owen LLC; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter; the Fabric Workshop and Museum; Ed Bacon Foundation; the Industrial Design Society of America; Freeman's Auction House; the seven area universities that offer design degrees, plus a cadre of boutiques and galleries around the city.

The selected theme for DP 2008 is Down to Earth: Evolving Design in the 21st Century, a subject matter that recognizes and gives voice to the enormity of eco-culture initiatives taking place locally, across the country and around the world. A symposium exploring this topic is planned as DesignPhiladelphia's kick-off event.

Still a young enterprise, DP continues to develop and evolve, creating new networks, stimulating growth in the creative sector, increasing the opportunities for trade, and enhancing the reputation of Philadelphia as a place for creative excellence and innovation. We welcome you to join us as a participant and/or a sponsor.

DesignPhiladelphia is directed by Hilary Jay, who is also Executive Director of The Design Center at Philadelphia University. Beth Van Why, architecture and industrial design professor, is the Project Manager. DP is administered through The Design Center at Philadelphia University.

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Contact information: beth@designphiladelphia.org or 215-951-5338

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