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SEGD Philly Exhibit Happy Hour -- Frankenstein & Dracula: Gothic Monsters, Modern Science

The Rosenbach Museum and Library is home to a collection of nearly 400,000 rare books, manuscripts, and fine and decorative art objects, including some of the best-known literary and historical objects in the world. With their latest exhibition, Frankenstein & Dracula: Gothic Monsters, Modern Science, they entered uncharted territory - extending the themes in their exhibition into issues of modern medical and scientific ethics. An experimental exhibit and graphic design approach integrates the authors’ thoughts and illuminates the scientific issues and fears of the time. A unique interactive and filmic element allows visitors themselves to wrestle with today’s biggest scientific challenges.

Join us over snacks and drinks to visit the exhibition and learn more about how it was put together. Hear from Judy Guston, Curator and Director of Collections at the Rosenbach Museum, Mary Anne Casey, Designer and Owner, Olive Tree Design, and representatives from Bluecadet, about what it took to curate, design, and produce this exhibition - from caring for objects on loan, to scriptwriting and graphic design, to graphic and case production, to interactive development. If you’ve never been to the Rosenbach before, or it’s been a while, now is the perfect time to go! 

Wednesday 11/29, 6-8pm 

Rosenbach Museum, 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA

Free for SEGD members and students / $10 for non-members 

by L&H Sign Company

A situation was presented from the Arizona State University project, designed by Infinite Scale, with wanting a seamless weld not exposing any assembly hardware for some of their ID signs. This challenge meant we couldn’t grind down the welds because the structural integrity and engineering stamp would need to be valid. L&H Companies had to come up with an innovative way to join two surfaces at 45 degree right angles to create a virtually seamless square weld on the ID signs.

Working together with our welders, who have a combined 100 years of experience, we came up with a method to weld the aluminum channels together that allowed for the structure underneath to maintain its integrity and engineering stamp, while appearing on the outside as a seamless finish. The final result, an innovative ID sign that had zero seams on the exterior of it.

A second challenge was to fabricate two identical panels that would line up perfectly creating a seamless view on the pylon sign. Using our Flow Mach Waterjet, L&H Companies cut the detailed ASU pitchfork toppers which not only created a precise identical cut on both panels but saved time for the client due to its excellence in speed and accuracy. The Waterjet also took their branding element, the pitchfork, to another innovative level by highlighting it and creating an architectural feature embedded into the sign versus etching it plainly. It bought the pitchfork to life where you can virtually see through it to fuse with the environment around it creating a dynamic display.

The ID signs and pylon sign was an incredible success for L&H Companies pushing the barriers of what a fabricator can do with signs. With emerging design trends on the rise, it’s inherent that sign fabricators today need to respond with innovative engineering solutions and state-of-the-art equipment to fabricate with. When you select L&H Companies for your sign project, you tap into top-notch project management, an experienced crew of fabrication staff and installers, and the best equipment available. What does all that mean for you? Quite simply, we have the resources and experience to turn your custom ideas into solutions for a lasting innovative product that sets you apart from the rest.

The signs are now in their home for all to enjoy. To see more detailed photos on this project, please visit Go ASU!

by Jody Graff, Drexel University

True confession: I’m a lifelong geek/nerd. I have always enjoyed education and learning new things. I think it all stems from a natural curiosity and a love of knowledge, just for knowledge’s sake.

When asked to write a post on “learning” I did a quick quote search to organize my ideas. There were three, from very different sources, that struck a chord with my own philosophy, for me individually as well as an educator.

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.
―Samuel Johnson, The Rambler 

A benefit of curiosity is that it can provoke interest in random topics and, when involved in more targeted research, can yield tangential paths and information. Many times one question will lead to the next, creating a wider knowledge base.

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.
― Pele

It rarely feels like “work” when it is something you love, although that does not mean it is easy.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
― Benjamin Franklin

This quote speaks to the core of “hands-on learning” and my philosophy as an educator. I am many times asked by students “will that work” and my answer is always “I don’t know, try it.”

Who knows what the future of design will bring, but I for one am curious to find out.

Image: Detail from Settlement House Roots. By Eric Okdeh & Michael Reali




Over the next several months, keep your eye on our blog for entries from our local Philly Chapter members. We've invited them to contribute their musings on all things design. Occasionally we'll also profile various chapter members. Our hope is to introduce you to all the great things happening here in Philly.



SEGD Philly Fall Mixer

What a wonderful fall evening to spend with old and new friends. It’s been awhile since we’ve gotten our Philly crew together to catch up and connect, we’re so happy that so many responded and came out to enjoy the evening with us. Thank you so much for making time in your busy schedules to come.

We couldn’t have asked for a nicer evening and the views from the aka Lounge on the 28th Floor of the FMC tower were amazing! Sam Coultrip introduced us all to PAM Wayfinding, we met our cutest future member and we learned some interesting facts about our three chapter chairs. In case you missed see if you can guess which fact goes with which chapter chair:

  • Is perpetually lost wherever she goes, making her the ultimate user

  • Her parents travel from city to city seeking out projects she’s worked on in hopes of understanding what she does

  • Has hopes for a future multi-city agency karaoke competition

The three of us are excited to be your new chapter chairs and each look forward to reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones, surrounding ourselves by passionate colleagues, and exploring the different aspects of design across different disciplines and seeing how they all intersect.

We would again like to thank all who contributed to this event. To our presenting sponsor PAM and L+H and AGS for sponsoring the food and beverages for the evening. We are grateful for your support and generous contributions.  

We hope to see you all at our at our next event: Richard Poulin: Archigraphia Redux on November 2, 2017 @ UArts



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