2021 SEGD Conference Experience Philadelphia, rates increase Friday!

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Grab your ticket to the SEGD annual conference today and save before the rates increase this Friday, October 8. Think of all that you can do with the savings! Share a lunch with your peers who you might not have seen in person for 18 months or give yourself an extra day to explore the sites while staying at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel where the conference is being held!

SEGD has reserved a block of rooms at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel for US$229 plus tax and fees per night. This rate is in effect through October 11, 2021; after that date, unsold rooms will be released. Reserve with code “SEG01N” by calling 888-879-0462 or the online link. Don’t miss out on a chance to be in the middle of the action by staying at the conference venue!

The SEGD Conference is a celebration of all things experience design. This annual gathering is the only conference specifically created for the experiential graphic design community—experiential and environmental graphic designers, architects, landscape architects, interaction designers, branding and strategy experts, technology integrators, fabricators, makers, and their clients—all involved in the design of place and experience.  

"There is a tremendous sense of anticipation for this year's SEGD Conference in Philadelphia," says Cybelle Jones, SEGD CEO. "This is an outstanding opportunity to reconnect, network and refuel! We have three days of activities with an outstanding lineup of visionary speakers and keynotes, as well as curated experiences aimed to reunite our community."

In Philadelphia, the Conference participants will gather to re-examine experiential design practices and to chart the future of experiences for the built environment. Partnering with Philadelphia designers Amy Rees (Exit Design), Nick Vincente (CRAFTED), and Josh Goldblum (Bluecadet), the Conference's programming is crafted around three intersecting themes: Individual, Community, and Universal. What can we, as designers do, at all three levels, to confront the unique challenges we face today? 

“A year of social distance and social change has radically altered our relationship to shared space and how we design for the built environment,” shares Josh Goldblum, conference co-chair. “It’s an extraordinary pleasure to gather some of the greatest minds in experience design to Philadelphia, to explore our craft and opportunity to thoughtfully design a more interesting, equitable and better world.”

Conference speakers will address these themes in their talks. Speakers include design visionaries such as Brian Collins, COLLINS; Joy Bailey-Bryant of Lord Cultural Resources, Ali Rubenstein, Genell Hoechstetter and Sean Di Ianni of Meow Wolf; Amahl Hazelton, Moment Factory; Jane Golden, Mural Arts; Ellen Lupton, Cooper Hewitt; Raina Mehler, Superblue; Richard The; Abigail Honor of Lorem Ipsum; and speakers from ENTRO, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Gensler, SmithGroup, and International Living Future Institute.

"I'm excited for the themes and the topics that we've put together for the conference," says conference co-chair Amy Rees. "We're looking at what we can do, as individuals, in moving the industry forward, but also looking at it more holistically, thinking about how our work individually, communally, and universally can make an impact." 

The Conference makes every accommodation available to safely promote connection, co-creation, and conversation—to deepen, forge and extend relationships. 

On Thursday, November 4, project tours will allow attendees to go "behind the scenes" to some of Philadelphia's world-class destinations, including the Barnes Foundation, the Mutter Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary, Wonderspaces, and The Franklin Institute, and Mural Arts, among others.

On Friday, November 5, the prestigious 2021 SEGD Global Design Awards winners will be announced and fêted—it's an event not to be missed! The evening follows a busy day of hands-on workshops and NEXPO Talks—programming that allows designers to explore innovative new materials, methods, and technologies.

On the final day, Saturday, November 6, the SEGD Conference will close with a special reception at the Constitution Center, hosted by the SEGD Philadelphia Chapter. This event will be open to all local designers and chapter members.

"We're planning tours of the city and projects here, so really looking forward to giving our conference attendees a chance to get to know our city and see some of our great assets and some of the great work being done here," says Amy. "We're planning our big chapter mixer to make sure that we all get a chance to socialize and reconnect and again see another great aspect of the city (hospitality) while everyone is here."

This is one SEGD conference you definitely will not want to miss!

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