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Bruce Mau Portrait

Bruce Mau Portrait. Image Courtesy of COLLAB.

By Sharon Leshner on Nov 5, 2015
Collab to Honor Branding & Design Visionary Bruce Mau with 2015 Design Excellence Award | Nov 20 Collab at the Philadelphia Museum of Art shares great design programs and exhibitions all year round, but its biggest event is the Design Excellence Award , coming up on Nov 20. This year the Award goes to the amazing graphic designer Bruce Mau. Internationally recognized for his achievements in design, including visual identities, brand systems, books, packaging, and exhibition graphics, Mau’s Massive Change Network, his most recent work, applies design tools and concepts to environmental, social, economic, and political problems. Collab 2015 Design... more

Jumpstart Fashion Show, Image Courtesy Chris Kendig Photography

By Sharon Leshner on Oct 26, 2015
Thank you to everyone who made the 2015 DesignPhiladelphia Festival a success! Our Festival is the signature event of the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. From October 8th-16th we showcased the work of over 400 practicing architects, designers, and creative professionals and we demonstrated the force of Philadelphia’s design, tech, and collaborative business practices, in over 85 events across the Greater Philadelphia area, This year’s Festival kicked off at the Liao Collection, a striking gallery abounding with Antique Chinese and Japanese furniture, objects of art and textiles. Over 300 guests mixed, mingled, and experienced the debut of Pearl Street Passage. All... more

Crazy Table by Constance Culpepper from East Falls/Manayunk/Roxborough

By Sharon Leshner on Oct 16, 2015
Now that DesignPhiladelphia is over, what else could there possibly be left to do in Philadelphia? Fortunately, the city is burgeoning with enough creativity to last all year. This weekend, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (P.O.S.T.) is opening the doors to artists’ studios and creative workspaces west of Broad Street during P.O.S.T. West . As an annual Fall festival of visual art, P.O.S.T. enables self-guided tours of artist's studios and related creative workspaces, gallery exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops, artist talks, receptions, and guided tours. - See more at: http://philaopenstudios.org/post/info/about#sthash.YJQIerlH.dpuf We spoke with Marnie Lersch, Program Associate at The Center for Emerging... more