DesignPhiladelphia is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a 9 day festival…

Yup, that’s one city, nine days, and over 120 events. I’d need to clone myself to see it all.  So I slept on it – the DesignPhiladelphia Event Guide that is – I fell asleep while dog-earring my picks.  Narrowing my choices down was difficult – so many interesting events overlap.  These are my top picks, my must sees.

PopUp Place 2014 + Afterparty >  Bluecadet, 1526 Frankford Avenue

Wednesday, October 8th: 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Afterparty: 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Ticket Price: $95 – $450

Pop Up PartyIt’s the launch party for the DesignPhiladelphia 10th Anniversary festival hosted by Bluecadet.  Come celebrate – with food and cocktails in hand you can meet new creatives, explore interactive exhibits and cutting edge technology.  Don’t forget it’s also the last night to place a bid on items in the Reflecting Design Silent Auction, benefiting the educational programs of DesignPhiladelphia and the Center for Architecture.  After Party follows the main event.  Tickets can be purchased here.


Worn Stories Book Release Party > All Ages Production, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1530

Thursday October 9th: 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Ticket Price: Free

Worn StoriesAuthor, Emily Spivack has collected over sixty clothing inspired narratives from cultural figures and storytellers; including local celebutants Miss Lisa, host of the longest running drag show in Philadelphia at Bob + Barbara’s, and Brian Dwyer, coowner of Pizza Brain. Worn Stories offers a revealing look at the clothes that protect us, serve as a uniform, assert our identity, or bring back the past—clothes that are encoded with the stories of our lives.

The book’s release with drinks, noshes, and readings from a few of Worn Stories’ celebrated contributors. The book will also be available for signing and purchase.



Not My Outside World > Caplan Recital Hall, Terra Hall, 17th Floor
University of the Arts, 211 S. Broad Street

Friday October 10th: 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Ticket Price: Free

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 Psychylustro, the enormous color-fantastic collaboration between Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and artist Katharina Grosse, encompasses a five-mile stretch down the Northeast Corridor between North Philadelphia and 30th Street Station.  Not My Outside World will be a conversation with psychylustro curator Elizabeth Thomas and artist and writer Douglas Ashford on this public exhibition glimpsed from moving trains – taking you through abstraction and social imagination.



Art Market at Tyler >Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th Street
Friday October 10th: 12:00PM – 7:00PM
Saturday October 11th: 12:00PM – 5:00PM
Ticket Price: Free

2_0_0 Art MarketCome shop the works of fine artists, designers and craftspeople at the Tyler School of Art 3rd annual Art Market at Tyler. The Market will offer demonstrations and tutorials on hot glass blowing, hand printing and silk screening.  Come out on Friday evening for a special panel discussion with craft professionals sponsored by PaperClips215.

85 Years of Neon Signs > Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street

Saturday October 11th: 3:00PM – 5:00PM

Ticket Price: $5 – $20

85 Years of Neon SignsLen Davidson, one of North America’s leading experts on restoration and preservation of classic neon signs, and author of, Vintage Neon will take you on a 2-hour tour through our city’s neon history starting with historic signage from the 1920’s.

“Highlights include a mint condition 1936 neon on porcelain-enamel Pittsburgh Paints sign at the Center, animated signs, neon inside and outside the Reading Terminal Market, signs of Chinatown, and the revolving Hard Rock Cafe sign.”


Hamilton Wood Type Demonstration at the Old City Fest > North 3rd Street

October 12 from 12-6pm
Ticket Price: Free

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Join a hands-on workshop to experience the history and craft of printmaking with Hamilton Wood Type + Printing Museum’s Bill and Jim Moran.  There will be on-hand to discuss their collection of traditional wood-type prints.

Hamilton Wood Type IntensiveThe Common Press (at UPenn), 205 South 34th Street

Saturday October 11th: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Ticket Price: $15 – $75

1200x1200 Hamilton wood type classIf looking turned to loving – you can get more hands-on and work with Hamilton Wood Type + Printing Museum’s (HWTM) Jim Moran, museum director, and Bill Moran conceptualizing, composing and printing an edition of original letterpress prints from authentic Hamilton Wood Types.

The workshop will include an introduction to letterpress printing and a brief presentation about the influence/legacy of Hamilton Wood Type. No letterpress experience needed. All materials will be provided. Every participant will take home at least one signed print of the edition. Cool…

Tour of Rail Park > Meets at The Perelman Building , 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue

Tour 1: Saturday, October 11th, 11:00AM – 1:00PM

Tour 2: Sunday, October 12th, 11:00AM – 1:00PM

Tour 3: Sunday, October 12th, 3:00PM – 5:00PM

Tour 4: Monday, October 13th, 11:00AM – 1:00PM

Ticket Price: Free – registration required

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Think New York City’s Highline – now think about not having to journey all the way into Chelsea for some fresh air + air appreciation. I for one am excited to join Friends of the Rail Park for a street level tour of what’s being called Philadelphia’s next great public space. The tour will lead you through Fairmount, Spring Garden,Callowhill, Chinatown North and West Poplar, following the 3 mile elevated and submerged route of the former Reading and Pennsylvania Railroads and visit Phase One, slated to begin construction in 2015.

The tours are free and open to the public, though space is limited and a ticket is required.

Designer’s Talk: Heather UjiiePhiladelphia Art Alliance, 251 South 18th Street
Wednesday October 15th: 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Ticket Price: Free

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Mind Blown at her elaborately designed rooms over at the Art Alliance – the long line to meet Ujiie at last month’s opening of Erotic Alchemy only attested to the overwhelming success of her exhibit.  Philadelphia Art Alliance will host a talk with artist/designer, Heather Ujiie, will who elaborate on her design process that showcases new surface imaging technologies: including laser cutting, digital printing, and nano polymer fabricated Italian mosaic tiles.


Closing Celebration: Lairs of Self in Everyday LifeCrane Arts Ice Box, 1400 N. American Street

Friday October 17th: 6:00PM – 10:00PM
Ticket Price: $10 – $25

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The culmination of nine full days of events will take place at Crane Arts – host of DesignPhiladelphia’s closing celebration Lairs of Self in Everyday Life.  Artists Sean Martorana and Dejha Ti, will premier a very personal collaborative exhibition that explores the faces behind ‘identity’ through an immersive and interactive installation of projections and custom fabricated Corian® sculptures.