- 10 Mac Workstations; 3 Wacom Tablets; Large Format Scanner; Color Plotter and B&W Printer
- Software: Vectorworks Designer, Spotlight, & Renderworks, Adobe Creative Cloud full services, MS Office, Ableton LIVE 10, and Lightwright
Our Textile Studio included:
- 2 Singer Sewing Machines; 1 Juki Serger; 2 irons; 2 Professional Grade Steamers; Multiple Wig Heads and Body Forms; Fabric Dyeing Equipment; Washer & Dryer
- Large Custom Built Cutting Table and Private Dressing Room
PDC hosted very flexible membership plans. Our members could roll on/off on a month to month basis and were given a discount if they committed to multiple months up front. Our membership numbers fluctuated over the years but the impact on the community was city-wide. Here is a partial list of those organizations and institutions impacted by PDC’s presence in the community:
Thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, PDC hosted a 12-month Residency Program as a unique free opportunity for emerging designers to gain access to invaluable resources that assisted them in furthering their growing careers. Grounded in community support, our interdisciplinary program gave five talented emerging designers increased access to design technology, tools, and space — essential parts of the design process but often too-expensive for hopeful designers to afford on their own.
1912 Philadelphia Design Center in Hope Presbyterian Church’s Queen Memorial’s former library.
PDC Residents had freedom to produce self-directed work, explore new paths, and develop new skills in a supportive, communal, and creative environment. PDC Residents also taught a number of classes free to the public over the course of their 12 months.
Partners for Sacred Places supported the transition of PDC from the Queen Building to Headlong Dance Theatre in July and August of 2019. By August, all of PDC’s equipment, furnishings, and tools were moved into Headlong’s two sites of operation: one in South Philly and the other on S. Broad Street close to Center City. Partners was also able to assist Headlong in renewing Vectorworks commitment to PDC, including 12 new Macintosh computers and updated drafting software.
Press at the Design Center’s opening April 2016