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SEGD Boston is excited to kick off a new era of programming for our chapter and SEGD overall with The SEGD Fellows Northeast Regional: Living Room Lecture Series beginning with one of the key individuals responsible for the creation of our organization!

Join us from the comfort of your own living room, Thursday April 30, 2020 at 6:30pm for the start of this informative series with our first speaker Rich Burns, Co-Founder of SEGD and the first SEGD Fellow. 

Have you ever wondered how SEGD was founded? What was the initial plan? What were the future goals for this as once fledgling organization? Is SEGD living up to those dreams, or are we surpassing them? What it was like to foster a new professional organization while running a fledgling EGD practice? These questions and more will be answered during this intimate virtual discussion.

Rich Burns, served as our third president, as a longtime member of the board of and in 1987 along with Jim Glass, was selected as one of the Society’s first Fellows. His firm, the GNU Group was an offshoot of his position as an in-house graphics group within the landscape architectural firm, the SWA Group. The firm’s early entry into the world of signage came about when SWA was asked to design the sign program for a new master planned community. Recognizing that he knew precious little about sign program design and invited by his old classmate, John Berry to attend the first ad-hoc meeting of what would become SEGD, he was compelled to attend. The rest as they say is history, which Rich will share in this first of our virtual meetings.

Rich will join us live from the West Coast as we watch his recent SEGD Talk from the Branded Environments Conference. He will share stories from SEGD’s history including how things ramped up for the organization right here in Harvard Square! We will wrap up with a live Q&A session. 

Where: via Zoom Mtg
When: Apr 30, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 

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

*This special event will also be an opportunity to join with our fellow chapter members in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC as it's the first virtual regional chapter event of a series that will continue to bring us together and highlight our Fellows, even when we are finally able to come together again in person. Each session will be “hosted” by a new city and will help to keep us all connected in these uncertain times.*

Up next in The SEGD Fellows Northeast Regional: Living Room Lecture Series will be Chris Calori and David Vanden-Eynden of Entro.

Looking forward to seeing everyone Thursday April 30, 2020 @ 6:30pm!

In good health, 
SEGD Boston, SEGD New York, SEGD Philadelphia & SEGD Washington DC





Experience the spirit of Baltimore with a tour of the SEGD award-winning project at the Sagamore Pendry Hotel.

Ashton Design will lead a tour of the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore hotel, located in Baltimore's storied Fell's Point neighborhood.

Designed by Ashton Design and Finndustry and fabricated by Gutierrez Studios and Triangle Sign Services, the project was a recipient of a merit award for the 2018 SEGD Global Design Awards. Learn about the historic building and hear first hand about the details and collaboration that make this project memorable.

Read more about the project: https://segd.org/sagamore-pendry-baltimore

RSVP here


Event timeline:
6:00pm Arrival
6:30pm–7:30pm Hotel Tour
7:30pm–8:30pm Join us for a sponsored Happy Hour

For those coming from DC—we will be coordinating ride shares to/from Baltimore. Please reach out to [email protected] if you will need a ride. Alternatively, the Amtrak or MARC trains are available. For those in Baltimore—see you there! :)



SEGD Mapbox

SEGD DCA hosted a tutorial and case study presentation at Mapbox's DC headquarters on 2-12-20. Mapbox Studio UX Designer Julia Rickles and Developer Alex Parlato took us through the mechanics of creating highly-customizable maps, while G&A designers Christian Cabrera and Ben Keel showcased the power of maps in storytelling through several museum exhibit examples. Afterwards we networked at Mapbox's amazing studio space! 

Maps – a tool used by wayfinders, exhibit designers, graphic designers and every day people trying to get from point A to point B! During this event, you will learn about the Mapbox platform and it's features and functions. A few guest speakers in the EGD industry will then share their experience of how Mapbox was used in a project example. 

Event Details:
740 15th Street Northwest
5th floor
Washington, DC 20005

Wed, February 12, 2020
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Event timeline:
6:00pm Arrival
6:30pm–7:30pm Mapbox Tutorial and Speakers
7:30pm–8:30pm Refreshments and Minging 

Alex Parlato and Julia Rickles from Mapbox
Christian Cabrera and Ben Keel from Gallagher & Associates 

About Mapbox:

Mapbox is the location data platform for mobile and web applications. We provide building blocks to add location features like maps, search, and navigation into any experience you create.

We’re changing the way people move around cities and explore our world. Through the apps Mapbox powers, we reach more than 600 million people each month.

Sign up here:




WTOP Event

PhotoWorksGroup is a turnkey EGD fabrication studio with over 30 years of experience. Working closely with designers and architectural firms, our corporate interior clients include notable industry pioneers. WTOP & Gensler provided PWG the opportunity to deliver several specialized fabrication methods to meet their vision for the new headquarters. The visual impact of graphic elements within the space is evident from the first step into the office. Visitors are greeted by visuals such as a map felt wall, radius contoured polished metal logos, LED face lit lettering, and a uniquely fabricated vertical letter centerpiece, amongst others. Throughout the office, the quality and attention to detail are a display of the professional values and character of WTOP.

PWGs development of capabilities as a single source graphics provider are designed to inspire new opportunities for expression and impact for all designers crafting experiences in the built environment. Working hand in hand with our clients, we collectively seek to set the cadence for tomorrow’s innovations in visual communication.

WTOP: 5425 Wisconsin Ave. • Chevy Chase, MD • 20815

Please join us for a happy hour at Clyde's at 7:30
Clydes: 5441 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815


Presented by 2019 Annual Sponsor PWG. 

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