SEGD Chicago Chapter - Sponsored by DesignTex

Chapter Chairs

Jessica Schultz, Environmental Graphic Designer at Shive-Hattery in Chicago
Jessica Schultz
Joe Lawton
Joe Lawton
Anna Nelson is a Designer at Spark in the Greater Chicago Area.
Anna Nelson
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SEGD Award Winning Projects

People Powered, Kimberly Viviano, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
People Powered
Science Storms, Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, Evidence Design
Science Storms
Strands of History, BJ Krivanek Art + Design
Strands of History
McDonald's Headquarters Interactives
McDonald's Headquarters Interactives
Levi's Original Spin Store Design, Levi Strauss & Co., Morla Design
Levi's Original Spin Store Design
Chicago Parks District, Two Twelve Harakawa
Chicago Parks


CHI Twitter
CHI Instagram


A Perfect Sign, Inc.
Altitude Design Office
Bluewater Studio
BOX Studios
Cardosi Kiper Design Group
Carol Naughton + Associates
Chicago Museum of Science & Industry
Elbe Creative Partners
Field Museum
Forcade Associates
Ford & Earl Design
Four Four Design
Hannah Jennings Design
IA Interior Architects
Ideation Orange
Identiti Resources
InkSpot DESIGN Inc.
Jack Weiss Associates
Liska + Associates
Luci Creative
Media Objectives
Nichols Display Group
RATIO Architects
RhodesWorks Ltd
RLR Associates, Inc.
Selbert Perkins Design
Sign Artist Inc.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Skyline Design
Studio A, LLC
Studio J9
Visual Impact Media



2/90 Sign Systems
bo-mar Industries
Doyle Signs, Inc.
ER2 Image Group
Erie Custom Signs
Icon Identity Solutions
Martin Branding Group
Metomic Corporation
Nova Polymers
Parvin-Clauss Sign Company
Poblocki Sign Company
Riot Creative Imaging
SES Branded Environments
Tru Vue
Watchfire Signs


Design Schools

Chicago State University - Art and Design
College of Lake County
Columbia College Chicago
Harrington College of Design
Northwestern University
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
University of Kentucky
University of Notre Dame
Western Michigan University



Chicago Design Museum
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design
Lucas Museum of Narrative Art


Chicago Chapter Email: [email protected]

Chicago, IL Blog

At the Art Institute of Chicago, architects and visual designers work together as part of the museum's Experience Design studio. Creative Directors Leticia Pardo and Kirsten Southwell will present on the evolving collaboration between their teams for designing exhibitions, reimagining permanent spaces, and crafting the brand and visitor experience for the museum.

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Leticia Pardo, Creative Director of Exhibition Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, holds a BArch by the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and a Masters Degree in Interior Design by Pratt Institute. Prior to her role at AIC, Leticia was part of the Ralph Appelbaum Associates team in New York City, where she collaborated on the conceptualization of different museums such as the National Museum of Energy and Technology and the mining museum, Museo Ruta de Plata. In Mexico City, she was part of the exhibition design team at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, and was part of the team developing the conception and inaugural project for the Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco. Leticia has designed exhibitions for multiple institutions such as the Detroit Institute of Art, Museo Amparo, Museo Nacional de Arte, Museo del Objeto del Objeto and the Museo Nacional de la Revolución, in Mexico City.

Kirsten Southwell, Creative Director of Visual Design, attended North Carolina State University where she received her Bachelors in Graphic Design. Before joining the Art Institute of Chicago over five years ago as an Interaction Designer, Kirsten worked at Second Story Interactive Studios in Portland, Ore. where she did experience design work for institutions such as the World of Coca-Cola, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the National Archives.


Lunch with Jan Lorenc Virtual Event Poster

Grab your lunch and join SEGD Chicago this Thursday  for a virtual presentation with Jan Lorenc, SEGD Gellow and founder of Lorenc + Yoo Design. Jan will present his insight after more than 42 years in the creative field, which is bound to be quite inspiring! 

Jan Lorenc attended the Art Institute of Design at IIT where he received a BS in Industrial Design and MS in Visual Design. He worked for Peterson Associates, an offshoot of Unimark, where he design the logo and signage guidelines for Target Stores, which are used to this day. He established Lorenc+Yoo  Design in 1978 in Chicago. The company initially undertook industrial design projects, and later began work on large scale signage. In the mid 1990s, the firm moved into exhibits, interiors, and architecture. The firm has worked in Korea, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, India, and Japan. Currently, half of their work is in China, where it creates the vision and design for brand new towns. 


Advanced Registration Required, via Zoom:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 


Holiday Party Event December 5th

Join us for some festive fun December 5. Shive Hattery will host us with seasonal cocktails and light fare in their newly renovated studio beginning at 5:30pm. Each guest will have the opportunity to make a custom wreath with the guidance of our friends at Variegated Designs.


RSVP by 11/21 to save your spot- we hope to see you there!

Image with text.Chicago SEGD Trolley Tour September 12th, 5:30-8:30pm

Our much anticipated second annual SEGD Chicago trolley tour is right around the corner! The event will feature recent placemaking projects in classic Chicago neighborhoods. Join us on September 12th as we hear the folks from Right Way SignsMel MuoioHotel ZacharyLakota GroupLandmark Signs and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce discuss how they brought new life to old streets. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

Tickets are free for members, limit one per person.

This event will sell out fast, and tickets are in high demand - please ONLY RSVP if you can confirm attendance. If for any reason you are unable to attend, please return your ticket so that it may be available to others on the waiting list.


RSVP Here!


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