If you look back into the archives of this blog, you’ll find it all started as a way for me to learn about Design in Philadelphia. I explored and attended events. I took pictures and made friends, connections, colleagues… I volunteered. And I got one, two, three, four jobs in art, design, and marketing. (Sometimes all three at once.) I wrote about art, architecture, design, events, people: Urban Outfitter’s Terrain at Styers, Inga Saffron, Paine’s Park Project, The American Commerce Center, Field Operations‘ Race Street Pier, The Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy, ICFF, and more. And sometimes, for long periods of time, I didn’t write anything at all. But I never stopped exploring and learning. And you should too.
Philly’s got contemporary art and design for days, plus the standard of living to actually survive as a creative person. Close enough to NYC to drop in and explore but far enough away not to become world-weary and exploited. Outdoorsy with the largest urban park in the world right there. A forward-thinking administration that’s really changing things and putting the city back on track. New projects and buildings and parks and museums and restaurants too. And I’m not even going to start on your food. (But seriously, eat your weight in sandwiches- not one place the world over makes them as good).
Get out there, see things, do things. It’s a great big wonderful world and damnit if Philly’s one of the best places to be. (But you don’t need me to tell you that, do you?) After over a year away I still miss everything the gritty burg has to offer. I’ll be back time and again, likely one day for good too- how could I not? Philly will always be my home town.
Update 02.05.13 I’m starting a new venture at www.kevinderrick.com and wanted to check in here one last time. Ater many months away I’m happy to see there’s still some decent traffic and people are exploring Philly to its fullest. Good stuff.