Next week looks like a packed one for designers in Philly as DesignPhiladelphia 2018 unfolds at tech companies, museums and studios across the city.
With 120 events on the calendar, the 2018 edition of this 13-year-old festival looks promising. But where should the tech set go? Here are some (some!) of the tech-relevant talks from the festival, which span from art exhibits featuring local makers to panel discussions on the intersection of design and innovation.
On Oct. 4, head to Manayunk customer experience firm Hero Digital for a free panel talk on how local firms are approaching innovation through design. The lineup will be comprised of Robert Fisher, Executive Creative Director at Hero Digital; Cohere CEO and founder Antoinette Marie Johnson; O3 World Chief Experience Officer Mike Gadsby; and P’unk Ave Principal Geoff DiMasi.
“Design can and should be driving new opportunities in business and culture,” said Fisher in an email, when asked what attendees would take away from the event. “If we move beyond the mindset of problem solving, we can use design as a way to imagine a better, future state for our clients, cities and communities.”
The Bluecadet CEO, whose company has done work for the Smithsonian and the MoMa, as well as Philly’s Museum of the American Revolution, will share how his Fishtown firm creates infuse “emotion, authenticity and personal meaning” into experiences for cultural hubs. Tickets for the Oct. 9 event are $15 for non-members.
The Grays Ferry tech transfer hub, from Oct. 9–11, will host walkthroughs of its campus and a keynote lecture by professor Masoud Akbarzadeh, director of the Polyhedral Structures Laboratory (PSL) at PennDesign.
The Center City web and branding agency, is opening the doors to its studio on Oct. 9.
In collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center, South Philly makerspace NextFab is playing host to architecture and industrial design firm Mecate Studio, led by Sebastian Monjarás and Abraham Buenrostro. Together, they’ll create a collaborative object for display at the DesignPhiladelphia exhibit gallery, which will be open Oct. 4–12 at Bok.
On Oct. 4, get a primer on Newtown, Pa.-based software company EPAM and its Center City-based Experience Design team.-30-
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