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AIGA lecture at UArts – May 22

Who are You?: Designing person, place, and purpose.

Join AIGA at the University of the Arts this Thursday May 22 to hear from designer Craig Welsh.

Design rests with the individual crafting the work. And whether physical or virtual, the place and purpose of design should inform its creator, and vice versa. In his talk, Craig Welsh will explore one of the main tenants of the design process, and his unique understanding of it.

Copies of his book “Design:Portfolio; Self-promotion at its best” from Rockport Publishers will be available. Published in June 2013, the book features work from 100+ designers/studios around the world.

Craig’s work has been awarded and published widely (One Show, D&AD, Communication Arts, Type Directors Club, Philadelphia Design Awards, etc.) and has been exhibited in fifteen countries. He has judged creative competitions in the United States and Canada, curated/authored “Design:Portfolio” from Rockport Publishers, and has written several articles for leading design magazines and blogs.

Craig was educated as an architect while earning a BS Architecture degree from Penn State University and later earned his MA Advertising Design degree from Syracuse University and MFA Graphic Design degree from Marywood University. He is an assistant professor of communications and humanities at Penn State Harrisburg and is a visiting instructor at Marywood University.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Presentation begins at 7pm. Light refreshments will be available.

CBS Auditorium
University of the Arts
Dorrance Hamilton Hall
320 South Broad Street (corner of Broad & Pine Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Ticket Prices
Trustee – Free
Design Leader – $5.00
Sustaining Member – $10.00
Supporter – $15.00
Contributor – $20.00
Non-Member – $25.00
Student Member (w ID)- $5.00
Student Non-Member (w ID) – $10.00

Register Here


Designer Kate Moross Lecture at CHAD – Wed Mar 26

On March 26, AIGA Philadelphia presents internationally renowned artist Kate Moross to discuss (and sign copies of) her new book, Make Your Own Luck: A DIY Attitude to Graphic Design and Illustration. Moross has spent her career creating amazing artwork for companies like Adidas, Vogue, Paul Smith, Samsung Olympics 2012, Wired, The Guardian, Google, Converse, and Ray Ban.

Through her London-based studio, Kate has also made her mark as an art director and designer for artists such as Jessie Ware and Simian Mobile Disco. Her powerful videos successfully convey a wide range of emotions that fulfill the studio’s motto of “Making Music Look Good.”

Kate’s work will be on display at the AIGA Philly SPACE from March 1st–31st with support from The Phoenix Group. The exhibit, entitled: “Everything Must Go” will showcase selections from her work as well as some newly commissioned pieces.

TEDxPhiladelphia Conference Coming March 28: One last opportunity to get limited tickets on Monday March 10!

On Friday, March 28, 2014, TEDxPhiladelphia will present a daylong multidisciplinary conference championing great ideas, bringing together engaging speakers, performers, participants and exhibitors to examine the 2014 conference theme “The New Workshop of the World.”

Over 700 tickets sold very quickly when first announced — and sales were suspended for some time.  But on March 10, limited tickets will be released again to those who are ready to commit!

From the 1860s through the early 1970s Philadelphia was known by the well-earned moniker, “Workshop of the World.” Now it’s reemerging as a home for makers, entrepreneurs, artists, and a dizzying array of thinkers and doers. TEDxPhiladelphia will spotlight those at the intersection of community, business, and culture — marking the revitalization of an old urban center. The 2014 conference celebrates this New Workshop of the World, an idea and image the city embodies as it reclaims its position on the global stage as a center for innovation.



Building Philadelphia Lecture Series

Understand Philadelphia through the built environment – starts March 11!

I can’t recommend this lecture series enough for anyone who loves this city and has an interest in architecture and history.

When I first moved to Philadelphia, I attended this series with a few friends out of my general interest in architecture and art history — and I gained so much more than that.  The talks brought me a real sense of this city’s history (which honestly was never taught to me), the stories of the people here, a richer understanding of the roots of my new home and a stronger knowledge of architecture. (Bonus:  I could more actively hang out with my architect, history, design and urban planning friends too!)   I developed a deep network of friends and colleagues who share my interests and a true love of Philadelphia.

Cut to… years later, and I have not only attended all of these lectures (some multiple times), but I am proud to say that I am now a seasoned architectural tour guide and I get to share my passion for the subject with lots of new people.

I strongly recommend attending the entire series as the full context of each topic is enhanced by grasping these as a whole.  But you are definitely welcome to select specific ones that interest you most or fit your schedule.  I hope to attend as many as I can, as they continue to inspire and engage me.  And the more I know, the better tour guide volunteer I can be!

The Philadelphia Center for Architecture’s “Building Philadelphia” lecture series starts March 11th and runs ten Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. “Building Philadelphia: Architecture, History, & Politics” is the definitive course (definitely!) on the development of Philadelphia and its architecture.

This engaging 10-part lecture series is taught by a selection of architects, urban planners, art historians, and social historians from local universities and architecture firms. Topics covered include William Penn’s original plan for Philadelphia, archeology and preservation in Philadelphia, major urban planning projects such as the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Society Hill, skyscrapers, Modernism in Philadelphia, and the future of development in the city.



March 11 | Penn’s Plan and the Founding of the City | John Andrew Gallery, Executive Director of Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia

March 18 | From Colonial Capitol to the Athens of America: Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival | Richard Webster, PhD, Professor Emeritus, West Chester University

March 25 | Romantic Philadelphia: Eclecticism of Style | Richard Webster, PhD, Professor Emeritus, West Chester University

April 1 | Digging in the City of Brotherly Love | Rebecca Yamin, PhD

April 8 | Immigration to the City | Caroline Golab, PhD, Thomas Jefferson University

April 15 | Passover | No Lecture Scheduled

April 22 | The Victorian City | Jeffrey Cohen, PhD, Bryn Mawr College

April 29 | Going on Stilts: The Tall Building in 19th Century Philadelphia | Paula Spilner, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

May 6 | Planning the Modern City: The Parkway and Society Hill | David Brownlee, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

May 13 | Misfits and Heroes: Modernism in the Delaware Valley | William Whitaker, Curator of The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania

May 20 | Ed Bacon and the Future of Philadelphia | Scott Gabriel Knowles, PhD, Drexel University

And following the series, you too can join me as a tour guide by attending three tour guide training sessions.  It is infinitely rewarding!




Save the Date to celebrate a Decade of Design with DesignPhiladelphia

The 10th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival will be held October 9th to 17th, 2014.

The Festival will kickoff on October 8 with PopUp Place – an experiential benefit and cocktail party. This year guests will explore how good design intersects cutting-edge technology in another up-and-coming Philadelphia “design -destination” neighborhood.   For the past nine years, the DesignPhiladelphia Festival has consolidated the region’s design culture and produced a snapshot – in real time – of the wealth of talent, diversity, and opportunity available here for the outside world to see. Celebrating a decade of design gives us all a chance to stand together on the strong tradition of design in this region and take stock in how far we have come, all the while creating a vision for our future.

Power of Email Marketing Small Business Workshop – Feb 27

The Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts presents this free workshop, held at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Lovett Branch.

Thursday, February 27 at 10:15 am:  Free Library, Lovett Branch: 6945 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Free and open to the public.  No RSVP needed.

Email is everywhere – you can’t reach for your phone anymore and not end up “doing your email”. Which, in most cases, involves hitting the delete button nine times in a row. Did you ever ask yourself why? Why did you get all of those emails in the first place? You didn’t sign up for them. And secondly, they are useless to you. Is the term “eBlast” part of your vocabulary? Should it be? Moreoever, has the game changed in 2014?

Constant Contact, the world’s leader in Email marketing is going to show you why and what you can do about it. With so much noise being made about “open rates” we will demonstrate something much more important – Best Practices. Our experts will show you what not to do and why – and include examples of what works – and why! This program is generic: It doesn’t matter what email program you currently use, Best Practices apply everywhere. In the for-profit and in the non-profit world, much is at stake in this economy. Come and learn how you can be productive, trusted, and grow your business.

Spring CE courses begin on Feb 3 – Register NOW!

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You have one more week and we are here to counsel you into the best course to meet your personal and professional goals.  Some highlights include: Hip-Hip/Funk, Digital Photography, Foundations of Web Design + Development, Studio Photography, Creative Writing, Screenwriting, Digital Marketing Strategies — and more!

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