Creating a Personal Brand: Lecture @ UArts — Feb 7

Creating a personal brand: self-promotion know-how

As part of a continuing series of talks and workshops coordinated by the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy, learn how celebrities, designers, writers, artists, musicians, performers and others use personal self-promotion to brand themselves.

Presented by Rakia Reynolds, Founder of Skai Blue Media, a full-service lifestyle PR agency with clients including local politicians, restaurants, boutiques and business improvement districts.

Free and open to the public. RSVP at


Thursday, February 7, 2013, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The University of the Arts, 211 S Broad St, Room 511-13, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Double Portrait – Design Exhibition at the Perelman Building

Double Portrait: Paula Scher and Seymour Chwast, Graphic Designers
December 2, 2012 – April 14, 2013

The Perelman building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art never fails to disappoint.  Sure, the riches of the collections on the hill are outstanding, but there is something so incredibly appealing about the scale and space of the Perelman as I enjoy their changing exhibitions of design, photography, fashion and more.  It is a true gem and the place I love to bring visiting guests to Philadelphia and it brings me tremendous happiness to check it out often.  It provides an important opportunity for new designers entering the field to build a richer understanding of the history of their field.

The latest exhibit is a celebration of the design couple Paula Scher and Seymour Chwast, and it looks at how they have transformed their fields of practice.

Honoring the achievements of this remarkably creative couple, whose work is being shown together for the first time, this exhibition includes images in a wide range of formats, selected and installed by Chwast (American, born 1931) and Scher (American, born 1948).

The exhibition demonstrates Chwast’s deeply personal vision, inspired by sources as diverse as German Expressionist woodcuts, Victorian typography, children’s art, primitive art, folk art and comic books.

On view is one of Chwast’s most iconic works of the 1960s, his antiwar poster “End Bad Breath” (1968), designed in protest of the U.S. bombing of Hanoi, Vietnam. Both cartoon and illustration, the poster features Uncle Sam centered like the sun against a background of thick rays, his hugely open mouth filled with bombs and bombers. In his poster “War is Good Business: Invest Your Son” (1967), Chwast used a collage style to create a dense, visually busy surface that activates his ironic text message.

Scher is best known for her innovative reimagining of typography as a communicative medium, her work divided largely between the fields of graphic identity and environmental graphics. The exhibition features her identity program and posters for New York’s Public Theater. Her poster for the theater’s production of Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk (1995) sets the play’s title and theater logos around the silhouetted image of the tap artist in different visual rhythms that convey the sound of the performance. Scher’s environmental graphics for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Lucent Technologies Center for Arts Education (2000), utilizes large, brightly colored “supergraphics” to redraw the exterior of the sixty-year-old school building with painted words announcing the school’s program as “Theater, Music, Dance.”

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UArts Continuing Education Semester – Begins Feb 4!

Join our community of creators!

Even with the cold weather and flakes of snow outside your window, the promise of spring is bursting as we kick off a great spring semester in Continuing Education.

Classes begin the week of February 4th, and we have courses to engage you in music, dance, writing, digital design, drawing, photography and more.  Our certificate programs offer you thoughtfully sequenced courses in our curriculum to provide opportunities to jump-start your career and develop deeper understanding.

Anne Kazak, Digital Photography Certificate Alumna, photo by Steve Belkowitz

We serve a diverse population of adult learners; including credit and non-credit courses, workshops and certificate programs designed to anticipate and meet the changing professional, academic and lifelong learning needs of individuals in the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Why We Design — Jan 24 @ UArts

A talk with Ken Carbone + Leslie Smolan, moderated by Alina Wheeler

Thursday, January 24, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
The University of the Arts Caplan Theater (211 South Broad Street)
Register Here (Free!)

You’re just starting your career in design. You’re 21, or maybe you’re 41 years old. Do you start your own agency, or do you freelance? Do you hire a finance guy, or are you all creatives? Do you do it alone or with a friend? How do you make sure you have all your bases covered so that you can make groundbreaking work for a roster of top clients? As 25-year-olds, Ken Carbone UArts BFA ’73 (Graphic Design) and Leslie Smolan UArts BFA ’75 (Graphic Design) had just started their own firm and were figuring it all out. Thirty-five years later, the founding partners of the Carbone Smolan Agency boast a portfolio of international clients and big work.

They attribute their success to their partnership, a  union of two diametrically opposed personalities that has resulted in design that’s both beautiful and strategic. And they’ve lived to tell the tale. Ken and Leslie share their joint pursuit of “Fame, Fortune, Fun and Freedom” in their newly released book Dialog: What Makes A Great Design Partnership. In this talk, moderated by Alina Wheeler BFA ’70 (Illustration) and hosted by the University of the Arts Alumni Association, DesignPhiladelphia, and the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy, Ken and Leslie will reveal a behind-the-scenes look at their process, their favorite projects and the defining moments in the development of the firm.

Register Here (Free!)