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Posted on: April 8th, 2012

Event » “Heart Work: Hard Work” A lecture with Mig Reyes

From our friends at the AIGA: “Please join us as Mig shares stories of making things, and doing great work that makes everyone happy. Yourself included. This is a talk about doing over dreaming. You know, stories of sweat and tears, xacto cuts, and hard drive crashes. The stuff designer legends are made out of. But it’s also a talk about being happy doing some of the best work of your life.”

Special Pricing for PhilaMade Members

AIGA was kind enough to offer us a discount code: philamade. Use it to save $10 off your tickets. Space is limited, so get a move on it!

About Mig Reyes

Mig is a designer from Chicago, focused on making good things for good people. With a passion for story telling, Mig practices his craft designing at 37signals. He also teaches at The Chicago Portfolio School, organizes CreativeMornings Chicago, serves as a mentor with AIGA, and asks creatives to share advice on Humble Pied. Prior to 37signals, Mig has done work for really great companies and clients, including Threadless, Google, Harley-Davidson, Rand McNally, Sears, and SC Johnson. His other interests include, but are not limited to: pizza, beer, and shots of whiskey.

Posted on: January 31st, 2012

Event » Design Book Swap at Nomad

You’ve heard of the Punk Rock Flea Market? Well, this is the design book swap! Join PhilaMade at Nomad in Chestnut Hill on Tuesday February 7th from 6:30-9:00 for a Happy Hour and book swap.

Address: 12W Willowgrove Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Bring a few well loved, but gently worn design volumes and swap with your friends in the PhilaMade community. While you’re there, check out Nomad’s amazing collection of eclectic items including a curated private collection of design books and posters for sale in a pop up design flea market.

Brought to you by our sponsors MissionStaff and Jacobson Strategic Communications.

And, once again, thanks to Mr. Greg Christman for the awesome event graphic.

Posted on: November 6th, 2011

Event » November Happy Hour

Daylight Savings Time got you down? Join the PhilaMade folks for some button mashing happy hour fun at Barcade, Wednesday, November 9th at 6:00PM. What goes better with classic video games than craft brews?

Posted on: October 22nd, 2011

Event » PhilaPM Round Table: PMFail

For our first PhilaPM Roundtable we’re getting it all out in the open, time to share your biggest failures, how you bounced back, and what you learned from them. We’ll be identifying some of the indicators that a project is going downhill, and how to take some steps to get it back on track. Aside from inspiring a few laughs, and commiserating, our stories will help us learn from each other’s mistakes.

Coffee and some light refreshments provided to fuel the discussion. Please come with something to share.

Posted on: October 14th, 2011

Event » Show & Tell 3

Show & Tell is back and part of DesignPhiladelphia! We are also excited to partner with Stupid Easy Ideas for our third installment of Show & Tell. Our distinguished presenters are…

Sure, our presenters have launched amazing projects, but what’s behind the curtain? What technologies were employed? What kind of research generated? How did they arrive at the final concept? What did each team member do? What did their clients do? What did they do when their clients did what they did?

As usual, we’ll have food and drinks to be enjoyed by all, courtesy of Swig bartending.

Awesome poster designed by

Posted on: September 22nd, 2011

Event » September Happy Hour

Come on out to Devil’s Alley on Wednesday, September 21st after 6:00 for good ole fashion PhilaMade fun. It’s like back to school night, but with booze.

Come one, come all. Lots more on the horizon this fall including Show & Tell, a Townhall Meeting, and… wait for it… karaoke baby. Get started here.

Posted on: June 3rd, 2011

Event » Show & Tell 02

It’s Show & Tell time kiddies, so let’s sit pretzel style on the floor and gather ’round. This time around the awesome teams at Blue Cadet, App Renaissance, and PhilaMade SiteNite will walk us through three projects delving deeply into process, organization, technology, strategy, project management, resourcing, concepting, and more. If you are a process junkie, this is the fix you’ve been looking for.

Open bar and free grub starting at 6:30 with presentations and Q&A wrapping us up around 9:00, plus some awesome new PhilaMade stuff for your eyeballs.

Stupid Easy Gallery is our host for PhilaMade Show & Tell 2. It’s Philly Beer Week, so start your evening with us, and end it somewhere else…

Posted on: May 19th, 2011

Event » PhillyCHI/PhilaMade

Us vs. Them. Why does it always seem to come down to “us” and “them?” The Creative Director who looks at IA deliverables and thinks “Clearly, I can do better.” The IA or UX Designer who sees their totally usable designs shredded by the creatives once the wireframes get thrown over the fence. Clients and agencies who speak different languages and see our roles differently. Project after project, client after client, the frustration grows into resentment.

It doesn’t have to be that way. We’re more alike than not, and although a lot of progress has been made over the last several years, more work needs to be done.

This month, we’re going to put an Interactive Creative Director, a Principal of User Experience and a client-side stakeholder on stage to have conversation about:

  • How do we differ and how are we similar?
  • How do we come together to deliver a holistic brand experience?
  • How do we frame ourselves and our teams to our clients and stakeholders to get them the most value from using us, while we gain influence in their organizations?

1150 Filbert Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 (Our event is closest to the Filbert St entrance of The Field House)

Cross Streets: N12th Street and Filbert St (right next to Reading Terminal Market

Sponsored by Onward Search

Register for the event

Posted on: May 6th, 2011

Event » May Happy Hour

Join PhilaMade next Thursday night, May 12th, at the City Tap House!

This event is open to the public, so if you’ve been trying to get on board, this is a great opportunity to meet the PhilaMade gang and decide if this is your kind of party.

The evening will feature:
Your friends and colleagues talking more loudly than normal
1 > ‘incidents’ < 3
Odd social interactions with people you are overly familiar with on Twitter, but barely know in real life

The evening will not feature:
Announcements or speeches of any kind
Free booze (sorry)

Posted on: April 17th, 2011

News » Fueling the Fire

With just seven days to go, our RocketHub project continues to skyrocket beyond our wildest dreams. But we’re not done yet! The success of SiteNite proves we mean business. NOW is your chance to get in on the ground floor with PhilaMade by supporting the development of our Shopify Site and printing & shipping some mad-decent Merch.

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