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August 2014: Be an Action Figure with the 3D Photobooth!


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For the month of August, we have a 3D “Photobooth” scanner in the front gallery space! Come by Designbox for First Friday or anytime through the month Monday–Friday 11a–4p to get scanned! Click here to learn more about the 3D Photobooth. AND on Wednesday August 13,  our brownbag lunchtime speaker is Adam Rogers from NC State University. Adam will tell the story of …

July 2014: Organic Transit Pop-Up Showroom

In July, Designbox has transformed the gallery into a Pop-Up Showroom for the ELF (Electric Light Fun) by Organic Transit! Come by Designbox on Tuesdays or Thursdays in July from 10a–1p to test drive and learn more about the ELF! Join us on July 9 12-1pm! Our July 2014 lunch series speaker is engineer, industrial designer, and sustainability entrepreneur Rob Cotter from …


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Aly Khalifa to Speak at Sustainable Brands 2014

Aly Khalifa to Speak at Sustainable Brands on June 4, 2014, San Diego, CA June 2, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aly Khalifa, founder of Designbox and Lyf Shoes in Raleigh NC, is a featured speaker at this year’s Sustainable Brands Conference, which happens in San Diego June 2-5 With over 2000 attendees, the conference serves as a global conversation which shapes and …


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FF June: PBaRt Show + circusSPARK

FIRST FRIDAY JUNE 6, 2014 : 6-10p Weekdays thru JUNE 27, 2014 : 11a–4p Join us for the 5th annual PBaRt Show + circusSPARK Fundraiser, a mini-warehouse-district-street-festival with circus performers, food trucks, craft vendors, a 90’s dance party and a PBR-themed Art Show. Over the last 5 years, the PBaRt show + circusSPARK Fundraiser has morphed into one of downtown Raleigh’s …


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June 11 2014: Behind the Scenes, Secrets of the Circus, with speaker Sara Phoenix

Our Designbox speaker for June 2014 is Sara Phoenix from Cirque de Vol Studios! Sara will share some of thebehind-the-scenes secrets from the circus in Raleigh’s Warehouse District. Here’s a preview of what to expect: Teaching circus arts is just a guise. Our real motive is to further the evolution of the human race by empowering folks with the tools they need to break out of their current …

May 14 2014: Impermanence in Design Culture, with speakers Jedidiah Gant and Elisa Huber


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This month’s Designbox speakers are Jedidiah Gant and Elisa Huber from the College of Design at NC State, speaking on the topic of impermanence as it relates to design, art, culture, and our interaction with objects. They’ll share lessons from Volume 37 of The Student Publication, one of the oldest student-led design journals in the country. Designbox’s own Aly Khalifa is one of the latest volume’s contributors, joining …

FF May: (n)everlasting: a student design journey

FIRST FRIDAY MAY 2, 2014 : 6-10p Weekdays thru MAY 30, 2014 : 11a–4p Join Designbox and the College of Design at NC State in celebrating “(n)everlasting: a student design journey” the history of The Student Publication, one of the oldest student-led design journals in the country. Started in 1950 as a tribute to Matthew Nowicki, a professor who made …

Recap: April First Friday

In April, Designbox reopened to the public celebrating “Design Innovation :: Inventive Culture” a new vision built on 11 years of supporting the local creative scene. We celebrated the reopening with announcing that Designbox is now the first Makerbot Reseller in North Carolina. This exciting venture allows us to bring 3D printed objects to the public. For the First Friday, …

April 9 2014: Why Americans Lost Their Faith in Local Food, with speaker Matthew Booker


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Our April 2014 speaker is environmental historian Matthew Booker. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at NC State and his research examines the intersection between human beings and the natural world in North America. “In my current project, I am researching the history of the oyster industry in the United States during the industrial and urban revolutions of the …