We are mid-PIFA - Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. With over 100 events around the city until May 1, PIFA nods to Paris in its inspiration. The festivities culiminate this Saturday with a Street Fair. Here's the description: "Join us as The Avenue of the Arts is transformed into a Parisian street fair with French street vendors and performers, a grass park with a children’s area, musical entertainment all day long, and a giant Ferris Wheel. All culminating with a breathtaking routine by La Compagnie Transe Express performing 100 feet in the air." Admission is...
Last week, the weather in Philly was in the 70s. This week, we have snowflakes on the doppler radar. Whether it wants to or not, summer will be here before we know it.
Summer for us means more than just beach weekends and water ice. It means that we get to share our office with motivated interns who are eager to learn the ins and outs of a design studio.
We are seeking applicants on the path to becoming a stellar designer or a savvy, marketing/business/communications specialist. Work flow will vary day to day. Part-time and full-time positions available.
Please send your resume...
The most thought-provoking conference of the year - TED - kicked off this week in Long Beach, Calif. TED 2011: The Rediscovery of Wonder united cross-disciplinary leaders in technology, entertainment and design.
"For 2011, we are assembling a cast of characters capable of stirring the imagination as never before. Explorers, storytellers, photographers, scientific pioneers, visionaries and provocateurs from all parts of the globe. And we won’t be forgetting the other, harder-edged meaning of wonder -- where “I wonder” equals “I ponder.” We’ll be adding in strong servings of thoughtful insight, so that the possibilities we dream of are anchored in reality."
Last fall, I attended an event during the First Person Arts Festival featuring Joan Nathan. She is a fabulous storyteller and brought the audience on her journey through France in an exploration of Jewish French cuisine. I learned that Jewish men introduced the eggplant to France by bringing seeds from India. Of course, you can't talk about food without eating! So, there were plates of Zahav's famous hummus and sandwiches from Hershel's East Side Deli. Yum!
I'm a huge fan of cookbooks and food anthropology so the idea of listening to someone's stories about food while eating food...
We love sharing our tools and resources. Here's a special gem: Designers Toolbox, a site dedicated to shortcuts for design measurements and sizes. Remember this the next time you need to figure out what the exact dimensions are for a remittance envelope or the actual size of your business card.
A new organic farm in Schuylkill County, Potter's Farm, is getting its hands dirty in more than just fertile soil. They will soon sell everything from strawberries to eggs and offer a CSA option. They strongly believe in supporting their community with access to fresh, healthy organic food.
We are helping them to establish their brand with the creation of an identity system -logo and tagline -and soon a website. More to report later, but in the meantime, check out the Potter's Farm website splash page for more information.
We just completed a project: an identity package for a Craft Shop and Studio down the shore. Owner Julie Petrella's vision for her first entrepreneur venture was simple, yet crafty. We worked with her to combine color, typography and a hand-drawn graphic element to tie in the stitching concept. Read more about the project on Home Made's blog and, while you are there, check out what her business offers.
Readymade magazine is a print and online magazine about the people who create innovative things and the culture of making. They recently posted the Top 20 Projects of 2010, showcasing the work of some of the most interesting minds out there. Here's one of our favorite projects!
“This is a cross between wallpaper and a mural,” says Johnne Eschleman, of Portland, Oregon, who worked for about 18 months as the resident artist for the Ace Hotel’s New York location.
In a recent article posted on the website of graphic designer Tim Larsen, the firm asks the question "Is print dead?" and answers it in more than one word. They assert that the answer is not yes or no, but requires the consideration of three important factors: content, control and impact. Whether print is the right choice for you depends upon your product, your desired impact and the way you want customers or readers to look at your company. Print isn't always the best option, but neither is the web.
Larsen suggests that you ask yourself "Which media best...