Only a few years old, Greenable.org is already making a big impact on Philadelphia's ecological design front. Specializing in products and services for the building industry, Greenable offers information on paints, sheet materials, textiles and more. Using well defined selection criteria, Greenable works to qualify that all the products they sell are as ecologically sensitive as possible.
In a recent Jewish Exponent article about the longevity of his business, Philadelphia jeweler David Rosnov explains the importance of brand identity and value:
"You have to not only know the product, but you have to be a professional about it because jewelry is one of those so-called 'blind products,' which means that it all appears 'blind' -- or alike -- to customers because jewelers everywhere can craft basically the same design using the same materials.
Our thanks to everyone who came out and helped make this year's party such a success! It's always great to catch up with all of you and hear how the last year has gone.
Special thanks to Bruges Home for hosting the event in their awesome showroom; to A Full Plate Catering for the terrific buffet and great service; to Bluecoat Gin for the delicious drink (white cranberry and blueberries); to the Legacy Brewing Company for the delicious Belgian Wit; and to everyone who contributed to our $300+ donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Rob Tannen, Director of Human Factors at Electronic Ink in Philadelphia, has created a podcast in collaboration with IDSA that discusses current and future trends in the tools for conducting research and usability testing.
Philadelphia is finally re-starting it's city planning efforts. Among other recent developments, Janice Woodcock has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, and PennPraxis has created a new website resource, PlanPhilly.com.
PlanPhilly is hosting several upcoming events to discuss their initial project, the Central Delaware Waterfront. Visit their website for more information, or to register to attend (free).
PhillyCHI has invited us to join them for their inaugural Design Slam. This is a chance for interested IAs, designers and usability practitioners to get their hands dirty working side by side with colleagues as they tackle tough business problems in a fun and sometimes crazy environment. Knowledge transfer, technique sharing, and a social atmosphere makes this session stand out from the garden-variety "lecture-and-powerpoint" presentation.
Freeman's Auction House is holding it's 2nd Annual Pennsylvania Sale. Created last year to celebrate the auction house's 200th anniversary, the Pennsylvania Sale features lots produced within the Commonwealth. In addition to a number of historic documents and paintings, 20 items produced by George Nakashima are on the block this month.