The Fresh Award recognizes up-and-coming designers who are breaking boundaries in design.

Alex Bloom | 2013

Alex is a creative director, designer and front-end developer. His work spans brand identities, websites, apps, and experiences for nonprofit initiatives and global enterprises. Website

Melissa McFeeters | 2011

Born and raised in Maryland, Melissa moved to Philadelphia to attend Tyler School of Art where she received my BFA in graphic design. After several years working as an in-house designer, she’s currently a full-time freelancer working on both print and web projects from my studio in Fishtown. Website

Brian Jacobson | 2010

Brian Jacobson, this year’s Fresh Award winner, is the owner and principal of BAJ Design and GritCityInc. Publishing. In 2006, Brian started his own studio at 24 years old and GritCity Publishing was founded two years later. “These companies allow me to take on a broad scope of work and produce many different results-branding & identity to books and permanent exhibits,” says Brian. Since 2006, Brian designed, curated and published three books and played a vital role in the direction of two.one.five magazine, an ethnically diverse Philadelphia magazine. He has worked with high-profile clients, such as Starr Restaurants, UPenn and Virtua Healthcare. Brian’s company has also dedicated 15% of its annual revenue through pro bono work. Brian is a true example of a young designer with the talent and drive to break the boundaries of design within the Philadelphia community and beyond. Website

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This exhibition will remain on view through June.
Philadelphia · Friday, May 12, 2017 - Friday, June 30, 2017
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An exhibition of works by the 2017 AIGA Fellow Award recipient Allan Espiritu of GDLOFT on view now through June 30th at the Center for Architecture + Design.
Philadelphia · Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - Friday, June 30, 2017
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"The Happy Film" is a feature-length documentary in which graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister undergoes a series of self-experiments outlined by popular psychology to test once and for all if it’s possible for a person to have a meaningful impact on their own happiness.
Philadelphia · Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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Geared towards designers, developers, organizers and activists, the series is open to the community and will include panel discussions with community activists, tutorials on open source design tools and information design techniques, explorations of cryptography and cybersecurity, and more.
Philadelphia · Event from the community · Thursday, June 1, 2017 - Thursday, August 24, 2017

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