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- Invitations to special Collab events
- Discounts on ticketed Collab events, including the annual Collab Design Excellence Award, lecture, and gala
- Discounts on design books in the Museum Store
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Programs and Events
Guided by its mission to create engaging experiences that educate and inspire, Collab brings you into the center of the design revolution. Events include previews and curator-led tours of exhibitions in the Collab Gallery in the Museum’s Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, lectures, publications, design-inspired field trips, the Student Design Competition, and our signature program, the prestigious annual Design Excellence Award. View upcoming Collab events >>
6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Free after admission
Celebrate DesignPhiladelphia with panelists Celia Bertoia, Mira Nakashima, and Peter Schultz who will talk about the work of their fathers at Knoll and the ongoing legacy of that work at Knoll and beyond. Meet the panelists at a Collab members-only reception following the program.
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Glimpse the future of design as you explore the competition entries created by college-level design students responding to the theme Selfie: Design Your Personal Brand Identity. Winners receive cash prozes and their work is published in the Collab Journal. A members-only reception will follow. RSVP to Cecelia Capanna at 215-684-7750 or .
Collab Design Excellence AwardEach year Collab presents the Design Excellence Award to a design professional or manufacturer whose impact on the field is inspirational. Past recipients have included Rolf Fehlbaum, Marc Newson, Paula Scher and Seymour Chwast, Zaha Hadid, Alberto Alessi, Marcel Wanders, and Frank O. Gehry.
Past recipients of this prestigious award >>
- 2014 Rolf Feldbaum of Vitra
- 2013 Marc Newson
- 2012 Paula Scher and Seymour Chwast
- 2011 Zaha Hadid
- 2010 Alberto Alessi
- 2009 Marcel Wanders
- 2008 Frank O. Gehry
- 2006 Georg Jensen
- 2005 Gaetano Pesce
- 2004 Florence Knoll Bassett
- 2003 Richard Gluckman
- 2002 Ingo Maurer
- 2001 No award given
- 2000 Milton Glaser
- 1999 Jonathan Ive, Maya Lin, and Karim Rashid
- 1998 Sir Terence Conran
- 1997 Philippe Starck and Ian Schrager
- 1996 Richard Meier
- 1995 Michael Graves
- 1994 Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
- 1993 Swid Powell
- 1991 Jack Lenor Larsen
- 1989 Niels Diffrient
- 1988 Vignelli Associates
- 1986 George Nakashima
The Student Design CompetitionFor more than twenty years the annual Collab Student Design Competition has been an exceptional opportunity for college students to network with peers, meet the global design leaders who are judging their work, and experience the rigor of competition. Their assignment: to design an object inspired by the work of that year’s Design Excellence Award recipient.
The 2015 Student Design Competition: SelfieThe 2015 Collab Student Design Competition will take place on Monday, November 16, 2015. This annual event is held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and provides a unique opportunity for regional university design students to experience competition outside the classroom and to receive valuable feedback from nationally recognized industry leaders. Each year’s competition is thematically linked to the work of the annual Collab Design Excellence Award honoree, a world-class individual recognized as having made significant contributions to the field of design. Learn more about 2015 submissions >>
Design Your Personal Brand IdentityChallenge
Regardless of your design discipline, your brand is your most important asset. It’s a reflection of your creativity and your design intelligence. Students are challenged to design a personal identity program that will capture their essence, amplify differentiation, fuel recognition of work, and help attract future clients/collaborators. Seize every opportunity to make an indelible impression on the world. Submissions All submissions must include the following components:
- A symbol (could be a logotype) that is designed to work across mediums
- Business card
- Website home page (This is your storefront, show for desktop and smart phone.)
- Icon for Twitter or Instagram
- Tagline: one sentence that is no longer than a tweet that is your statement to the world
- 3-dimensional object that you can leave behind that represents your brand (Full size model)
- Presentation board >>
- High-resolution image of identity image, business card, icon, website homepage
- Design statement outlining personal brand concept and a description/illustration of research and process
- Your name and University/College. NO NAMES ON THE FRONT OF THE BOARD.
- In a sealed envelope taped securely to the back of the board, include: Completed registration form
Also, include a Flash Drive with following files:
- Completed registration form (Word Doc)
- Design Statement (Word Doc)
- High resolution image files of business card, icon, website homepage and 3D model. (tiff, jpeg or pdf, minimum size 5” x 7”, 300 dpi)
- 1/8" Illustration Board
- 11" x 17" full color, borderless, mounted vertically (portrait format)
- Presentation Board
- Hard copy of Business Card
- 3D object
- Evidence of applied research of process
- Originality and creativity of the concept
- Construction and organization (craft of submission)
Student Competition Exhibition30-40 of the best designs will go on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for one week, November 16–20, 2015. There will be a “People’s Choice Award” during the week where museum visitors will be able to cast their votes via iPad stations mounted in the galleries, or vote online. The museum has Pay What You Wish Wednesday Nights at the Museum—and the student exhibition will be featured on Wednesday November 18. Invite friends and family to come and vote. The “People’s Choice Award” along with all student winners will be presented at the Collab Design Excellence Awards Lecture on November 20.
Free AdmissionAll student competition participants are invited to the Collab Design Excellence Award program for FREE. Preregistration required at competition.
Date and Location for SubmissionsThe competition will take place on Monday, November 16 at the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fairmount and Pennsylvania Avenues. All entries are due at the Perelman Building by 9:00 am. Students will return to Perelman at 3:00 pm for the announcement of the winners and a feedback session by the panel of judges. Students should enter Perelman through the front entrance at both times.
PrizesFirst Prize $750 | Second Prize $500 | Third Prize $250 | Two Honorable $150 each | Peoples Choice Award $150
PublicationAfter the competition, a selection of the winning projects will be published on the Philadelphia Museum of Art website and presented in the Collab Journal.
Return of EntriesWith the exception of those selected to be on display at the PMA, all projects must be picked up at the end of the day of the competition. The Museum cannot be responsible for any projects, not selected, that are left after 5:00 pm on Monday, November 16, 2015. All selected projects can be picked up on Saturday November 21 between 9:00–11:00 am at the Kelly Drive North Entrance. (Out of town students’ projects will be mailed back.)
EligibilityStudents submitting projects to the Collab Student Design Competition must be currently enrolled in a college or university. All submissions are due by 9:00 am, November 16, Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Students are encouraged to attend the event and are expected to hand deliver their entries. All entries must be solo; no joint or team projects will be accepted and cannot be delivered by post or by email. The entrant waives all rights to entries, and the winners are at the full discretion of the Jury.
- Alan Jacobson
Founder of Ex;it Design Strategy and J2 Design Partnership. Ex;it is an experience design and strategy firm that designs the connection between people, information and environment. Ex;it's sister studio, J2 Design Partnership, is a brand strategy and visual communications agency encompassing brand design, printed materials and web and digital communications. Clients include: Brandywine Realty Trust, PHLConvention and Visitors Bureau, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Kaiser Permanente, George Washington University, Memorial Sloane Kettering, and Harlem Academy.
Alina Wheeler is the author of Designing Brand Identity: an essential guide for the whole branding team, now in its fourth edition. Published in seven languages, her best selling book illuminates global best practices for brands, and deconstructs a disciplined process for brand recognition and revitalization. Alina is a passionate design advocate and process coach, renown for her strategic imagination. She is an AIGA Fellow, and former national board member.
Jedd has nearly 20 years of experience working in advertising, media and digital marketing. He has held strategy roles at various agencies and his experience has given him insights into how people engage with content and their surroundings, and how communications and design can influence understanding. Jedd is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Publicis Health Media, the leading media agency in the healthcare space. Jedd has served on the Board of Collab for 5 years, and the Executive Board for the past two years.
Bluecadet’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Josh Goldblum is devoted to working with museums, universities, and nonprofit organizations to educate, engage and entertain through digital innovation. He has conceptualized and created websites, mobile apps, interactive installations, and immersive environments for such organizations as MoMA, Smithsonian Institution, Doctors Without Borders, National Geographic, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and over 20 prestigious institutions in Philadelphia.
Ken Carbone is a designer, artist, musician, author and teacher. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director of the Carbone Smolan Agency, a design and branding company in New York City. His agency’s client list includes: W Hotels, Morgan Stanley, Taubman Centers, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Tiffany & Co., Canon, Carnegie Textiles, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Architectural Record Magazine and the Musee du Louvre. Ken is the author of The Virtuoso: Face to Face with 40 Extraordinary Talents, published by Stewart Tabori & Chang.
Previous Competitions >>
2013: Table It
First Place: Justin Martin
University of the Arts, Industrial Design
Professor: Douglas Bucci STABIL utilizes the latest in induction cooking technology to provide a social cooking experience for its users. About the 2013 Competition: Collab held its Twenty-First Annual College Student Design Competition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Monday, November 18, 2013. The competition was held in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Marc Newson: At Home celebrating one of the most acclaimed and influential designers of his generation – recipient of Collab’s 2013 Design Excellence Award. 2013 Judges: Jeffrey Bernett, Peter Danko, Frederick McSwain, Eugenie Perret, Ilene Shaw
2012: Game On!
First Place: Lou Stuber
Are We There Yet?!
Tyler School of Art/Temple University The concept behind Are We There Yet?! is loosely based off of family road trips that I have experienced with my own family across the country. Things never seem to go exactly according to schedule when you are on a road trip. The object of the game is to end up at your final destination, Shallow Waters, with the most money left to enjoy your stay at the world’s best water park. About the 2012 Competition: Collab held its Twentieth Annual College Student Design Competition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Monday, November 19, 2012. The competition was held in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Double Portrait: Paula Scher and Seymour Chwast, Graphic Designers celebrating the innovative graphic design work of Paula Scher and Seymour Chwast—recipients of Collab’s 2012 Design Excellence Award. 2012 Judges: Drew Freeman, Byron Glaser, Patti Ann Harris, Bonnie Mackay, Larry Mangel
- 2011: OverNighter
First Place: Silvia Terhedebrugge
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY, Industrial Design
Faculty Advisors: Katrin Mueller- Russo About the 2011 Competition: Collab held its Nineteenth Annual College Student Design Competition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Monday, November 14, 2011. The competition was held in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion celebrating the innovative designs of Zaha Hadid, the recipient of Collab’s 2011 Design Excellence Award. 2011 Judges: Kirsten Climer, John Edelman, Victor Sanz, Susan Szenasy, Janet Villano
2010: Tabletop Accessory Set
First Place: James Read Hughes
University of the Arts
Professors: Doug Bucci and Daniel Michalik
In this series of dipping plates for oil and vinegar, each porcelain dish is mass-producible and uses only one material. A humanistic and whimsical aspect is introduced into each design in the form of a relief at the plate’s bottom, which uses the natural properties of each liquid to create a sublime pattern that reveals itself during use. About the 2010 Competition: Collab held its Eighteenth Annual College Student Design Competition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Monday, November 15, 2010. The competition was held in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Alessi: Ethical and Radical celebrating the innovative products of the Italian manufacturer, Alberto Alessi - recipient of Collab’s 2010 Design Excellence Award. 2010 Judges: Harry Allen, Carla Diana, Richard Kratchman, Diane Minnite, Diane O’Donnel
2009: Tabletop Luminaire
First Place Winner: Jordan Cammarata
Professors: Mark Havens and Jason Lempieri
A contemporary interpretation of Harvey Hubbell’s pull chain socket, patented in 1896. About the 2009 Competition: Collab held its Seventeenth Annual Student Design Competition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Monday, November 16, 2009. This year’s competition was held in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Marcel Wanders: Daydreams celebrating the innovative design work of the Dutch designer, the recipient of Collab’s 2009 Design Excellence Award. 2009 Judges: Dennis Askins, Russell Blanchard, Lisa Foley, Jamer Hunt, David Raizman, Gina Reimann
2008: Processing Frank Gehry
First Place Winner: Jesse Gerard
The University of the Arts
Professor: Dan Michalik
The layered plywood technique widely associated with Frank Gehry is adapted to design and produce the Lewis Bench.
2007: Mapping Modernism
First Place Winner: Yesenia Perez-Cruz
A. Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Drexel University, Graphic Design
Professor Jody Graff The Development of Modern Seats No other household object is as emblematic of Modernist ideals as the chair. The chair can be mass-produced, sold globally, and is a subject of experimentation with technology and materials. These qualities are exhibited in a vast, white showroom, faithful to the Modernist ideology that an interior space should be "open and free-flowing." Upon entering the exhibit, the viewer was met with a large-scale banner showing line illustrations of chairs. The chairs were not arranged chronologically, but are grouped by similarity of line, demonstrating that development of chairs is about refinement and reinvention of pre-existing forms. The similarities existing between chairs created decades apart demonstrates the immense influence of Modernist techniques and ideals. About the 2007 Competition: Collab’s Fifteenth Annual Student Competition, Mapping Modernism, was held in conjunction with the celebration of Collab's new gallery in the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building and its opening exhibition, Designing Modern: 1920 to the Present. This year, students were asked to consider the scope of the Modern Design dialogue. The competition challenged students to design a "Map" that links associations between people, things, or events within the context of the revolutionary ideas and trends in art, architecture, and design that developed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The map should communicate the student’s interpretation of the forces that flowed into, through and around modern design, giving shape to its origins and output. 2007 Judges: Conny Purtill, Erin Mulchay, Dana Micucci, Julie Hirschfeld, and Jason Alger
2006: The Intelligent Ornament
First Place Winner: Miho Wakabayashi
Pratt Institute, Industrial Design
Professor Katrin Mueller
Miho's project examines ornament in the tabletop context and celebrates Jensen's aesthetic through organic motif and structural pattern making. The bowl's hidden intelligence is the application of a unique electrostatic coating on the interior. This silvery heat-retaining material allows the bread to be kept warm long after the basket is moved from the oven to the table. About the 2006 Competition: Collab's Fourteenth Annual Student Design Competition, The Intelligent Ornament, was part of a week-long series of events celebrating Collab's 2006 Design Excellence Award recipient, Georg Jensen and Georg Jensen, Inc. It posed the question: If Jensen were alive today, what objects might he be moved to create? The competition challenged students to design a physical model and supporting presentation board for their “Intelligent Ornament.” A distinguished panel of judges used both in measuring the overall success of each entry. 2006 Judges: Clive Roux, Virgil Marti, Barbara Flanagan, Monique Faber, Maria Eife
- 2005: Variance and The Vase
First Place Winner: Brett Duncan
University of The Arts, Industrial Design
Professor Rama Korposh Brett Duncan's Ice Bloom consisted of flowers frozen in a sphere of ice which blossom and expand as the ice around them melts. Also embedded in the ice sculpture are glass beads which become apparent as the ice melts and they drop sporadically onto the surface the vase melts on. The gentle, occasional sound produced by the dropping beads reminds us of the fleeting quality of the vase. Here, variance is produced in a temporal event which one of our judges likened to a performance. About the 2005 Competition: The 2005 competition brief reflected the richness of Collab Design Excellence Award recipient Gaetano Pesce’s contribution to design through his unique approach. By combining elements of art, design, philosophy, and technology, Mr. Pesce has encouraged the wondrous and accidental, embracing imperfections as traits which enhance and humanize his work. Applying this philosophy to design for production has been referred to as “variance.” Students interpreted this concept in their development of a full-scale functional prototype of a flower vase. Winning designs demonstrated variance in both philosophy and in manufacturing strategy. 2005 Judges: Laetitia Wolff, Senior Design Editor, SURFACE Magazine; Lyn Godley, Designer; Adam Kamens, CEO, Amuneal Metal Forms Inc.; Mark Gisi, Director of Sales and Marketing, Amuneal Metal Forms Inc.; Drew Hamilton, Owner, Dane Décor Downtown.
- 2004: Furniture Classics for The Future
- 2003: Main Exterior Signage for The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s new Perelman Building acquisition
- 2002: Paper Lighting
- 2001: Designing The Design Excellence Award
- 2000: CD Box Set Packaging
- 1999: Clock for The New Milennium
- 1998: Shopping Bag for the Terrence Conran Home Furnishing Collection
- 1997: Ice Bucket for Starck/Schrager Mondrian Hotel
- 1996: Chair or Seating Unit for the Richard Meier Museum in Ulm, Germany
- 1995: Tea Kettle
- 1994: Lighting Fixture with Japanese Influence
- 1993: Dinnerware Place Setting
Philadelphia University, Industrial Design
Professor Todd Corlett
Adam Johnson said of his redesign for the Bertoia Chair, "This lounge chair rises up out of the ground to suspend the human body in a minimalist redesign of a classic piece." Judges called this chair a "show-stopper" and a beautiful sculpture which allowed the viewer to fall into the visual comfort of the form.
Tie for First Place Winner: Stephen Cooke
University of The Arts, Industrial Design
Professors Patty Beirne and Rama Korposh Stephen Cook said of his "Leaf Chair" that it "combines the discipline of the grid structure with the organic clustering of material at its midsection, coupling design with sculpture." The judges found it to be an interesting juxtaposition to the Bertoia Chair's sense of order with a random and casual sensibility. One of the judges compared the gesture of the seat to that of a wedding dress with a train cascading in its wake.
About the 2004 Competition: The 2004 Collab Design Excellence Award recipient was Florence Knoll-Bassett. This year’s theme reflected the rich history of Knoll International’s contribution to the language of design through it’s iconographic furniture. Collab provided several classic designs from the Knoll Studio line from which students chose as points of departure for their design explorations. Through research into material and technological innovations, students redesigned their chosen object for the future. 2004 Judges: Claudia Gould, Director, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania; George H. Marcus, Assistant Professor, History of Art, the University of Pennsylvania; Jeff Miller, Founder and Principal, Jeff Miller Inc., and VP of Design, ECCO Design Inc., New York; Bill Shea, Founding Partner, Shea+Latone, Inc.; Stephan Copeland, Founder, the Copeland Studio.
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