Archive for the “Greater Philadelphia” Category

“Feel” The Colors Around You.

September 21st, 2011

The meanings and feelings behind colors lead to a very long conversation that might enter the meta-physical realm. But there’s no need to get that deep.  To keep it short and sweet: colors make people “feel stuff.” And designers and marketing professionals make choices regarding color accordingly. To start off, each color has a meaning [...]

Fostering Creativity in North Philadelphia

March 4th, 2010

How many of you can say you’ve sold artwork by age 14? After tonight, twenty middle school students from North Philadelphia’s Young Scholars Charter School will add this credential to their growing resume of academic and personal achievements. Their work is being showcased at the 3rd annual Young Scholars Student Silent Art Auction held at [...]

Here’s a Good Brand – World Champions

October 26th, 2009

In Philadelphia, we worry about the “brand” of the city. We want to come up with a clever phrase that will make the world think about, remember and revere Philadelphia. A lot of people think a brand is the logo, or the color palette you use, but it’s really a feeling. The best brands encapsulate [...]

Quick Hits on a Big Day for Philly Papers

September 15th, 2009

Some quick hits on the morning of what might be a monumental decision in the history of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News… By now, you know that Kanye West made a drunken scene at Sunday night’s VMA Awards. Even President Obama called West a “jackass” – albeit off the record. West has spent the [...]

An Audience Counts

May 4th, 2009

The numbers don’t lie. After Sen. Arlen Specter voted in favor of President Barack Obama’s stimulus bill on Feb. 13, he was all but doomed. Within two months, his stock in the Republican Party had plummeted. His approval rating dropped from the 60s to low 30s and by all measures a reelection was out of [...]

Taipai. Shanghai. Philadelphia?

December 5th, 2008

In her Changing Skyline blog post today, Inga Saffron calls the design of the proposed 1,510 foot skyscraper at 18th and Arch (to be called American Commer Center (ACC)), a “big, fat hulking mess.” Ouch. Not exactly what Hill International, the ACC’s developers, would hope for in Saffron’s review. There’s been lots of racket – [...]

Communicating in a Crisis

November 14th, 2008

As you’ve probably heard by now, the city of Philadelphia is strapped for cash. As a result of the cash crisis for the city, Mayor Michael Nutter has proposed closing dozens of libraries and pools, reducing salaries and laying off roughly 3,000 city employees. Nutter has even given himself an $18,500 pay cut. Drastic times [...]

Really Philly?

October 30th, 2008

Last night The Philadelphia Phillies won the team’s first world championship since 1980 and the city’s first major sports championship in a quarter century. And while the Phils came up huge, many of the fans came up small with their post game pillaging — and the city’s perception suffered another mighty blow. Known as the [...]

The Running of the Bull

January 25th, 2008

According to the Chinese calendar, 2008 is officially the year of the rat, but in Philadelphia, the bull is the only animal that seems to carry any weight these days.  This morning, TC, a one-ton Brahma bull made a live appearance at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange to “ring” the ceremonial bell that showed the opening [...]

Nutter’s Delight

January 11th, 2008 I am now a Michael Nutter fan. Regardless of your politics, you have to be impressed that someone in elected office can rock the mike as strong (if not better) than The Sugarhill Gang. See how important first impressions really can be?  For politicians, a first impression – and the first few days of [...]

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