DESIGN-A-THON: Water We Doing to Protect the Delaware?

AIGA Philadelphia is seeking volunteer designers for an intensive one-day design-a-thon.

Join AIGA Philadelphia on Saturday, May 7th at Bluecadet’s Fishtown studio for an all-day design-a-thon as we partner with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. With ongoing water crises in Flint, MI, Hoosick Falls, NY, and West Virginia, it is an ideal time to examine the security of Philadelphia’s water source and to protect it. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network will share information about threats to the health of Philadelphia’s water source: pollution, aging infrastructure, stormwater runoff, and consumptive use.

AIGA volunteers will utilize their design thinking and graphic skills to discover new strategic design solutions to bring awareness to the important issue of protecting our city’s water source. Volunteers will work to develop and produce a tangible pro-bono strategic design solution in a single day. This is a wonderful opportunity for AIGA members to serve their community by donating their time, talents and ideas in a Design for Good project.

We are looking for volunteers with a wide-range of skill sets, including design, creative direction, copywriting, marketing, production, web production, branding and more.

What to expect

The design-a-thon will kick off with a short overview presentation from the workshop coordinator with creative suggestions intended to spark a vigorous discussion amongst the participants, followed by group ideation and concepting. An intensive charrette-style period of collaborative group work will continue throughout the day, with periodic review and collation. By the end of the day, participants will have collectively produced a design solution that meets Delaware Riverkeeper Network’ mission to support water safety in our region. 

About Delaware Riverkeeper Network

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization that provides effective environmental advocacy, volunteer monitoring programs, stream restoration projects, public education, and enforces environmental laws through legal action. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network takes a strong stance on regional and local issues that threaten water quality and the ecosystems of the Delaware River and its watershed. Led by Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network works from the "bottom up," empowering communities and citizens to act and advocate for change. 

About Design for Good

AIGA’s Design for Good initiative is a platform to build and sustain the implementation of design thinking for social change. This platform creates opportunities for designers to build their practice, their network, and their visibility. Design for Good supports and sustains designers who play a catalytic role in communities through projects that create positive social impact. By connecting and empowering designers through online networking tools, inspirational stories, chapter events, training, national advocacy and promotion, Design for Good serves as a powerful resource for designers who wish to work in this area and a beacon for designers leading the charge.

Saturday, May 7, 2016


1526 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125

This workshop is open to AIGA members only.

Sponsor this program

Partnering with AIGA Philadelphia as a corporate sponsor is a wonderful way to show your support for our organization and take advantage of an excellent advertising opportunity for your business. AIGA Philadelphia is seeking partners for our 2016 Design-a-thon. Partner with the top designers in Philadelphia—both established firms and emerging talent—and give back to your community at the same time. Download the list of sponsorship levels and benefits for this program.

For more information or to become a sponsor, please contact our Partnership Director, Gina Kernan.

Hashtag for event: #AIGAdg


Thank you to our generous sponsors!

When & Where
Sat, May 7, 2016 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
1526 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125