Our Mission

DesignPhiladelphia demonstrates, supports, and promotes the ability that design has to generate innovation, solve problems, enhance daily life, and influence both the perception and economics of the region. Through programming, DesignPhiladelphia consolidates the city’s design culture, bringing together innovative educators, established manufacturers, creative entrepreneurs, emerging practices, commercial businesses and retailers, to brand Philadelphia as a 21st-century city shaped by design, technology, and business.

GOALS >>

  • PROMOTE
    Showcase design, designers, and design methodologies as integral components of building socially and environmentally sustainable communities.
  • GROW
    Increase the opportunity for trade and investment in Philadelphia’s design sector.
  • NETWORK & DISCOVER
    Create opportunities for networking, dialogue, and discovery of the city and its cultural and historic assets.
  • RETAIN
    Provide opportunities for young people, students, and graduates to interact with the design community by facilitating participation, encounters, and training.
  • EDUCATE
    Advance public awareness of the role design plays in everyday life.
  • BUILD REPUTATION
    Enhance the reputation and vitality of Philadelphia as a design destination and center for creative excellence, engagement, and innovation.
  • MEASURE & SUSTAIN
    Evaluate impact and assure sustainability.