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Elizabeth Griswold is a Senior Graphic Designer at Ewing Cole in Raleigh, NC
Elizabeth Griswold
Emma Wallace is an Experiential Graphic Designer at Little in Raleigh, NC
Emma Wallace
Allison Harris, Architect, 310 Architecture + Interiors, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Allison Harris
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Thank you ASI North Carolina

A huge applause is earned by ASI North Carolinafor being such generous hosts! ASI North Carolina invited SEGD Raleighto their largest manufacturing shop in the country, located just 20 minutes southwest of downtown Raleigh, on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. The event kicked-off with a low-key social featuring local southern food and quenching libations. After a brief introduction by the SEGD Co-Chairsand an update on upcoming events, the team handed it off to John Dalpe, ASI North Carolina’s COO. John gave a warm welcome and presentation about the extensive history of ASI, their expertise, and wide-range of manufacturing capabilities locally and nationally. SEGD Raleigh was also fortunate to meet Jim Wolfe, CEO of ASI, who was conveniently in town from Texas at the same time as our event.

The Tour

John handed the presentation off to Brynn Knight, Creative Director and Scott Mozingo, Regional Manager, leading us on an extensive tour of the 45,000 SF facility. We were intrigued by all the specialized equipment and witnessed a cool piece of equipment in action, routing lettering and logos into a piece of high-density foam. We heard about some great strategies and value-engineer ideas that not only look as great as the high-end product, but cost just a small percentage of the original design-material. It was beneficial to do an in-person comparison of the material-types to visually see and feel the differences, as well as test the weight and densities. Without trying to pick them up, it was almost impossible to determine the difference from a visual stand-point.

Your Friendly Neighborhood Fabricator

This was a good reminder that your fabricators are experts in fabrication. Even if you have your heart set on a certain material, it is wise to seriously consider the modified options and understand the reason for the recommended change. Is it cheaper, safer, a longer life-span, a better product for the fine-details; or is it because the fabricator has overstock they are trying to use up? It’s always good to be up front and ask many questions of your fabrication partner to ensure you’re making an informed decision with value-engineering selections. We also saw a range of lighting techniques such as halo, edge lit, face-lit and back-lit, as well as the differences in LED qualities, spacing and temperatures.

Door Prizes & Attendee Gifts

The evening ended with three door-prize drawings. Two of the drawings were fantastic gifts from ASI, with Emma Wallace and Michele Graner being the lucky recipients. The third prize, sponsored by SEGD Raleigh, was won by Lydia Richardson.

The biggest surprise of all was the parting gift to each attendee. ASI fabricated mini, internally illuminated sign-boxes featuring the SEGD logo for each of us, packaged alongside an ASI branded pack of note paper and ASI pen. ASI also generously shipped one off to SEGD’s CEO Clive Roux,to enjoy as new desk bling.

A big ‘Thank You’ goes out to the entire ASIteam including John Dalpe, Jim Wolfe, Brynn Knight, Scott Mozingo, Silas Bass, Rhonda Lee, and Joe Casale.

Join Us!

Contact your chapter chairs, Emma, Allison and Elizabethwith any questions or to get on our mailing list.

SEGD Raleigh is committed to educating, connecting, and inspiring the Raleigh-Durham design community, one of the fastest growing in the nation.

Join us at ASI for some tips and tricks on manufacturing sign designs followed by a behind-the-scenes tour. We’ll get to see how it’s all made while enjoying some wine, beer and light appetizers.  

Event Schedule

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
6:00 Social with wine, beer and light appetizers hosted by ASI
6:30 Overview of Design through Fabrication
7:00 Touring the Fabrication Floor

Tickets

Free for SEGD members & full-time design students
$5 tickets for non-members

Location

ASI Signage, North Carolina
600 Irving Parkway
Holly Springs, NC 27540

More Details

The Overview:

  • The processes ASI follows from design concepts to installation
  • How local manufacturing complements design
  • Common materials: why and how they are used
     

The Tour:

  • Computerized Cutting: The X, Y, and Z
  • Fabulous Fabrication
  • Finishing is not the End:  The 3 P’s (Prep, Prime, Paint)
  • Illumination: Bringing it into the light
  • Graphics: Digital Printing, Direct Printing, Laminating
  • ADA: Photopolymer, Raster, Laser

 

Registration

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Contact your chapter chairs, Emma, Allison and Elizabeth with any questions or to get on our mailing list.

SEGD Raleigh is committed to educating, connecting, and inspiring the Raleigh-Durham design community, one of the fastest growing in the nation.

 

Austin Neon The 2019 SEGD Conference Experience Austin came to a close on June 8. We know attending an SEGD Conference is an amazing opportunity and not everyone in our industry is able to attend on an annual basis. Your Raleigh Chapter Co-Chairs decided to bring little bits of the conference back to you, by sharing our individual perspectives in a 3-part series, kicking-off today and rolling-out in the next few weeks.

Part 3: Emma 

Integrating Design into the Larger Business Strategy 

Austin pulled out all the stops with their 2019 SEGD Conference speaker line up and many of them touched on how to integrate what we do into the larger business environment.Larry Speck, FAIA, Senior Principal, Page; Lucia Athens, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Austin; Jana McCann, FAIA, Principal, McCann Adams Studio; Moderator Susan Lambe, Art and Public Spaces Program Manager, City of Austin; Susanne Harrington, Principal, Asterisk; Curtis Roberts, Principal, fd2s; Maija Kreishman, AIA, Partner, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture; Kate Canales, Chair, Department of Design, University of Texas at Austin; Herman Dyal, FAIA, Principal, Page/Dyal; Jennifer Chenoweth, Lead Artist and Executive Director, fisterra studio; Lisa Woods, Curator, Hopscotch Immersive Art Gallery; DJ Stout, Partner, Pentagram Design; Hannah Anderson, Construction Administration Lead, Kolar Design; Joe Lawton, Principal, Media Objectives at Valerio Dewalt Train; Annelle Stotz, Senior Director Experiential Graphic Design, IA Interior Architects; Dan Rossborough, Director of Strategic Projects, NanoLumens; Greg Teffertiller, Vice President of Marketing, IMG; Mike McCarthy, Vice President, DCL; Grif Palmer, Vice President of Sales, disguise; Meriah Garrett, Chief Design Officer, USAA; Erin Hauber, Director, Human-centered Design Practice, USAA; Evan Voyles, Artist and Owner, Neon Jungle; Paula Scher, Partner, Pentagram Design; Timothy White, Lead Designer, USAA; Lacey Engelke, Workplace Designer and Strategist, Adobe Design; Greg Giordano, Director of Design and Strategy, Sensory Interactive; Marty Butler, Founder and Creative Chief, The Butler Bros; Lemke Meijer, Interaction/Concept Designer, Gagarin; Moderator Leslie Wolke, Founder and CEO, MapWell Studio; Chris Calori, Principal, Entro/CVE Design; Lucy Pereira, National Sales Manager, APCO Signs; Ken Ethridge, Business Development Manager, ASI; Moderator Grady Brown, General Manager, Ramsay Signs/Heath Northwest; Wayne McCutcheon, Principal/Founder, Entro; Kathy Fry, Principal, Mayer/Reed; Al Ross, CEO, Al Ross Group; Keith Helmetag, Partner, C&G Partners

SEGD members can power through this line-up of speakers on the SEGD website under the Xplore tab and SEGD Talks, when you’re logged in as a current member. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek into three of the sessions I attended.

Recap of Kate Canales, UT Design Department Chair

- "Where design intersects with other disciplines is where its most impactful"
- “Seek information you need to make great design experiences”
- “The future of design is where design mingles with something else.”

Recap of IBM Tour

- Design researchers = find the right problem to solve. Keep digging until you get to the core.
- Always ask if you don’t understand. Open communication.
- Resources: IBM.com/design/thinking, IBM.com/design/research 

Recap of USAA Talk

- “Creation that affects companies and markets required deep collaboration”
- Design Thinking uncovers the real needs
- Create, test and iterate. 
USAA Human Centered Design Methods
- Use your methods on yourself: Demonstrate how you integrate, Make propaganda & covetable materials, Create a supporting tail, a guiding practice, Set your teams up for success; and finally, remember that "Intuition is still a good thing" - Paul Klee 

Recap of DJ Stout & Neon Jungle

These two brought the quintessential Austin culture. DJ has a book full of pin-up girls and Evan Voyles of Neon Jungle is a fantastic storyteller. -
“I don’t have 6 different versions. I have 1 and if you don’t like it we’re screwed.”
- As a sign attorney, it’s illegal. Don’t mention the movement in your permit drawing. 

 

We hope you’ll join us for the 2020 SEGD Conference: Experience Portland June 11-13, 2020 with the Academic Summit and SEGD Welcome Party on June 10. Remember student members and associate members have free conference registration.

- By Emma Wallace, SEGD Chapter Co-Chair, SEGD Member since 2016

 

Sights from the East Austin Art District Tour

The 2019 SEGD Conference Experience Austincame to a close on June 8. We know attending an SEGD Conference is an amazing opportunity and not everyone in our industry is able to attend on an annual basis. Your Raleigh Chapter Co-Chairs decided to bring little bits of the conference back to you, by sharing our individual perspectives in a 3-part series, kicking-off today and rolling-out in the next few weeks.

Next up, Allison:

Part 2: Austin Weird

Many times the annual SEGD Conference has led me to a new city where I don’t know what to expect. This year, however, I was thrilled to return to Austin and have a chance to take in its amazing “Keep Austin Weird” culture. And what better way to take in the weird like a tour of an art district?

The first stops - Broad Studios and Canopy Austin - featured the studios and maker spaces of local artists working in the mediums of textiles, ceramics, fabric dying, metalsmithing, and more. It was so tempting to buy one of everything!

The later stops - Polis, Infinite Monkey Theorem, and Native Hostel - featured vibrant street art and murals. Street art is a great way to discover new artists - don’t forget to look for the artist’s handle! - and find some fun selfie backgrounds. The rainy weather turned our walking tour into a bus tour, but it couldn’t dampen our spirits. I came away from the experience energized and inspired to use these bold graphic styles in my EGD projects this year.

And speaking of inspiration, be sure to check out the great work that was featured at this year’s conference:
Achievement Awards Ceremony
Global Design Awards Ceremony
SEGD Talks videos
If you weren’t able to attend the conference, the videos of all the speakers are available here for free to all members as long as they sign into the website.

Links:
Broad Studios: https://www.broadstudiosatx.com/ @broadstudios
Canopy Austin: http://www.canopyaustin.com/ @canopyaustin
Polis: @polis_hq
Infinite Monkey Theorem https://theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com/ @infinite_chimp_atx
Native Hostel: http://hopecampaign.org/ @nativehostel

-By Allison Harris, SEGD Chapter Co-Chair, SEGD Member since 2014.

All photos by the author.

SEGD Raleigh Co-Chairs & Conference Badges


The 2019 SEGD Conference Experience Austincame to a close on June 8. We know attending an SEGD Conference is an amazing opportunity and not everyone in our industry is able to attend on an annual basis. Your Raleigh Chapter Co-Chairs decided to bring little bits of the conference back to you, by sharing our individual perspectives in a 3-part series, kicking-off today and rolling-out in the next few weeks.

First off, Elizabeth:

Part 1: Remember When You Were a Design Student?

The 2019 SEGD Conference Experience Austinwas an informative and inspirational week was filled with tours, presentations, round tables, products and design awards. But did you know that the day before the official conference kicks-off, there is a FREE event that is guaranteed* (in my opinion*) to bring inspiration and a breath of fresh air to your perspective as a designer and design-leader? SEGD’s annual Academic Summitis a forum where trends in design education, research, projects and curriculum, are presented to the SEGD community. These curated presentations are selected through a peer-review process by the SEGD Academic Task Force.

When we were design students, the main parameter we had to adhere to, above anything else, was time – a set deadline for your project as defined by the professor. But typically, the design solution had no budget assigned to it. The possibilities were wide open to be as creative in your proposed solution as your mind would allow, without being limited to the fees associated with technologies, research, data and design.

Obviously, we need a happy medium between being a professional designer (who might feel a bit jaded or limited by tightly bound budgets) compared to a student where the budget is non-existent for proposed concepts allowing high design, research, technologies and extraordinary creativity to flourish. This is the ideal balance what we, as design practitioners, are all aiming for on a regular basis. The Academic Summit brings you back to your roots and offers a reminder of the student-mode of thinking, which is quite liberating.

"You walk away from that day thinking about what little morsels of the expansive design-concept solutions you can take back into your daily design-mode. What new lessons in technology can be tweaked and implemented at an affordable level to create the best design solutions for your clients."

If you already plan to join 2020 SEGD Conference, fly in a day early to be enlightened at the Academic Summit. Whether you have the opportunity to attend the whole day or just a handful of sessions, your mind will thank you for expanding your horizon as a creative.

-By Elizabeth Griswold, SEGD Chapter Co-Chair, SEGD Member since 2005

 

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