Exhibition Feature Articles

Stacks and Bike Racks—Austin Central Library Wayfinding
10 years, 10 Laudable Library-Located EGD Projects
08/07/2019

Read Time: 4 minutes

We searched our archives, kept track of recent library developments and consulted experts—keep reading for a list of laudable library-located experiential graphic design projects spanning from 2009 to 2019, with one representing each of the past 10 years.

2019 SEGD Fellow Paula Scher—Exactly as Rendered
2019 SEGD Fellow Paula Scher—Exactly as Rendered
06/21/2019

Read Time: 17 minutes

Paula Scher needs no introduction—she’s a megawatt luminary in graphic design, an accomplished artist, a longtime Pentagram partner and the creative source of many beloved and inspiring environments.

A Read for Speed—Oran Park Library (image: front of library building)
A Read for Speed—Oran Park Library
04/16/2019

Read Time: 5.5 minutes

Old School, New Traditions at the Collegiate School
Old School, New Traditions at the Collegiate School
10/05/2018

Read Time: 5 minutes

Honoring 50 Years of UW’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
Honoring 50 Years of UW’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity
08/09/2018

Read Time: 7 minutes
The exhibition was a joint project between Kristine Matthews’ Exhibition Design class at the University of Washington and her professional design studio, Studio Matthews (Seattle).

Stacks and Bike Racks—Austin Central Library Wayfinding
Stacks and Bike Racks—Austin Central Library Wayfinding
07/20/2018

Austin, Texas invested over $125 million and eight years into a new central library, enlisting the help of experiential graphic design firm fd2s, Lake Flato Architects and Shepley Bulfinch Architects to bring the exceptional building to life.

DeafSpace Exhibit Design at Gallaudet University’s Maguire Center
DeafSpace Exhibit Design at Gallaudet University’s Maguire Center
05/15/2018

C&G Partners (New York) designed the Maguire Welcome Center visitor experience at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for “deaf eyes” using DeafSpace Guidelines in partnership with the university and Dangermond Keane Architecture.

K-State Donor Recognition Double Header
K-State Donor Recognition Double Header
02/13/2018

What’s better than designing a donor recognition system for your alma mater? Designing two, of course! Michael Courtney and his team at Michael Courtney Design (Seattle) did just that, developing one for the Berney Family Welcome Center and one for The College of Architecture, Planning & Design at Kansas State University.

Entro at Centennial College
Entro Gets Cooking at Centennial College
12/20/2017

The Entro (Toronto) design team whips up some tasteful branding, wayfinding, and placemaking solutions for Centennial College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts.

Spagnola & Associates at Stevens Institute of Technology
Go Ducks! Spagnola & Associates at Stevens Institute of Technology
09/26/2017

Tony Spagnola of Spagnola & Associates (New York) posits that positive professional relationships enhance good design—and it’s certainly the case with the firm’s work for Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., where one project led to two more, then another five.

W Landmark at the University of Washington
An Unexpected ‘W’ at The University of Washington
02/01/2017

How an unbuilt project, a chance conversation and a thumbnail sketch led to an iconic landmark and an unexpected social media flurry for Michael Courtney Design and the University of Washington.

Poulin + Morris Revitalize Cornell Communications
Poulin + Morris Revitalize Cornell Communications
12/19/2016

In dire need of a space befitting their Ivy League reputation for excellence, the Department of Communication at Cornell University enlisted JMZ Architects and Planners and renowned design firm Poulin + Morris Inc. to spearhead the revitalization effort.

Best Content of 2016 Graphic
SEGD's Best Content of 2016
12/07/2016

2016 was a busy year for our members and followers, so you probably haven’t read or watched each and every one of the over 1,000 pieces of new content posted on segd.org over the last 12 months.

A Clear Path—University of Utah Wayfinding
10/11/2016

A deceptively simple user orientation strategy and directories enriched with maps, building photos and campus stories form the basis of a master plan that gives the sprawling University of Utah campus a long lasting, authentic-to-place wayfinding and signage system.

Discovery Elementary School
Wayfinding as Placemaking at Discovery Elementary School
05/10/2016

Discovery Elementary School is the first new elementary school to be built in Arlington, Virginia in more than a decade. The design team from VMDO Architects successfully created a kid-centric, place-based, wayfinding narrative that went beyond navigation to support a larger vision of spatial interaction.

Urban Discovery Academy, San Diego
The Three R's Plus Design Thinking at San Diego's Urban Discovery Academy
04/06/2016

The Urban Discovery Academy in downtown San Diego anchors the city’s emerging Innovation district and is a model for the power of Design Thinking.

SEGD Wayfinding Event, April 14-15, 2016
Your Map to SEGD’s 2016 Wayfinding Event [April 14-15 in Miami]
03/30/2016

Where can you discover the latest apps and digital signage technologies being used in airports? And learn how human factors research should be informing your next healthcare project? And see the latest in wayfinding/branded environments hybrids in workplaces? You’ll want to find your way to Miami April 14-15 for SEGD’s 2016 Wayfinding Event! Here’s your map.

SEGD Wayfinding Event, April 14-15, 2016
SEGD Wayfinding Event: Take Home the Three V’s
03/16/2016

Wayfinding for transportation environments calls on all the fundamentals of the discipline, with a very crucial addition: the element of time. To create a truly comprehensive, highly functioning wayfinding system, Jim Harding, Gresham Smith and Partners, says you need to consider the three ways airport users will receive the information. He’ll focus on the Three V’s of Communication for Transportation Environments at SEGD’s 2016 Wayfinding Event April 14-15in Miami. You’ll want to be there!

SEGD Wayfinding Event, April 14-15, 2016
10 Reasons to Find Your Way to SEGD’s 2016 Wayfinding Event
03/09/2016

At SEGD’s 2016 Wayfinding Event—April 14-15 in Miami—we’ve got Wayfinding covered. From digital technology advances to human factors research, you’ll leave knowing the latest innovations in the field and on the horizon! Here are just 10 of the many reasons why you’ll want to find yourself there:

Chris Calori and David Vanden-Eynden keynote the SEGD Wayfinding Event Apri 14-15
SEGD Wayfinding 2016 -- Where Do We Go From Here?
02/24/2016

Technology is rapidly changing the delivery systems we use to navigate the built world, but the fundamentals of wayfinding have barely changed since Kevin Lynch coined the term more than 50 years ago. Chris Calori and David Vanden-Eynden (Calori & Vanden-Eynden / Design Consultants, New York) have developed hundreds of wayfinding systems and literally wrote the book on Signage and Wayfinding Design. Keynoting SEGD’s Wayfinding event April 14-15 in Miami, they'll take a critical look at the complex present and warp-speed future of wayfinding.

SEGD Wayfinding Event, April 14-15, 2016
Find Your Way to Miami for SEGD Wayfinding 2016 [April 14-15]
02/17/2016

Wayfinding projects for transportation, workplace, education and healthcare environments share some core similarities but also offer widely divergent challenges.

Donor Wall at American Contemporary Theater, San Francisco
Donor Recognition Projects Say Thank You with Style
11/24/2015

Thank You. These may be the two most powerful words in any language.
For hospitals, cultural institutions, and other non-profits that rely on generous donors to help build that new research facility or contemporary art wing, saying “thank you” graciously is vital. Effective donor recognition programs say it eloquently, and forever.

KIPP NYC College Prep High School
Back to School and Decoding Success
08/26/2015

KIPP NYC College Prep, a charter high school in the South Bronx, strives to create an environment of success, providing the academic knowledge, real-world skills, and character its students need to thrive in life. Just in time for the new school year, Pentagram created high-impact graphics that amp up the school’s “Knowledge is Power” message using puzzles, games, and riddles integrated into the learning environment.

Clearview by Donald S. Meeker and Richard Montalbano
A Clear View with Don Meeker, 2015 SEGD Fellow
08/18/2015

By anyone’s standards, the work of Don Meeker—activist and information designer—has touched the lives of more people than any other in his era.

MadCampus at University of Washington
Art by the Numbers at the University of Washington
08/05/2015

Mad Campus was a unique public art project at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus. Twelve emerging artists created temporary, site-specific works inspired by outdoor locations across the campus. Studio Matthews devised an identity and wayfinding system to visually connect the diverse installations and create an overall experience.

Brian Mirakian, Populous
Enhancing Branded Environments through User-Centered Design
07/30/2015

Not every project is as big as Texas, and not every client is as ambitious as Texas A&M University, which recently opened its “brand”-new, state-of-the-art Bright Football Complex. But any project can benefit from the Aggie game plan—and Brian Mirakian of Populous will tell you how at the SEGD Branded Environments Workshop Aug. 20 in LA!

Texas A&M Bright Football Complex
Building the Brand, Texas Style
07/29/2015

Deep in the heart of Texas, where football and tradition are sacred, Texas A&M University continues to build its dynasty—and its brand. With a new $17 million, state-of-the art training facility designed by Populous, the Aggies keep showing how it’s done—building both a powerhouse football team and a sophisticated branded experience.

Tongji University way finding
Tongji University Signage and Wayfinding
02/11/2015

Wayfinding systems overcome language, cultural, and literacy barriers to help users make sense of the built environment.

University of Greenwich Wayfinding
University of Greenwich Wayfinding
12/09/2014

School’s In

Holmes Wood designs a fresh and inventive wayfinding program for the University of Greenwich’s new school of architecture building.

Touch-Responsive Wayfinding for the Visually Impaired
Interactive Wayfinding for the Visually Impaired
11/12/2014

The Last Mile

For the blind and visually impaired, wayfinding in public places is getting easier thanks to new touch-responsive talking maps and models.

Yale School of Management Data Visualization
Yale School of Management Data Visualization
10/08/2014

Big Data

Unified Field pushes the boundaries of digital signage to create a sophisticated, immersive brand experience for Yale University. Opened in January 2014, the 242,000-square-foot, Foster + Partners-designed Edward P. Evans Hall is the new home of the Yale School of Management.

The New School Campus Wayfinding
05/06/2014

In Situ

Andreas Uebele
01/15/2014

Architype

Los Angeles Police Department Memorial to Fallen Officers
Pro Bono Design
12/24/2013

Design for Good

Pro bono work not only helps worthy clients communicate their message through design, but provides unexpected benefits for the designers as well.

Image for the Syracuse University Donor Program
Syracuse University Donor Recognition and Environmental Graphics
12/23/2013

Newhouse, New Media

At Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, a double marriage between media and content, tradition and innovation.

Kent State University Wayfinding Research
12/18/2013

Rethinking the Campus

A Kent State University study questions some long-held assumptions about urban wayfinding.

Metal in EGD
12/17/2013

The Power of Metal

More malleable than stone, stronger than glass, and nobler than synthetic materials, metal expresses quality and permanence. 

University of South Australia 250
University of South Australia, Adelaide, Signage
12/05/2013

Higher Calling

Emerystudio designs signs for the dramatic new “front door” of the University of South Australia.

de Young Museum
12/05/2013

Skin Deep

The ethos of San Francisco’s de Young Museum is embedded in its copper skin and in architecturally integrated donor recognition.

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
12/04/2013

Let There Be Light

A conceptual design approach allows Studio/lab to shine a light on the Spertus Institute’s educational mission.

University of Texas at Austin Wayfinding
12/01/2013

Signing the “Model Village” 

A new wayfinding program helps the University of Texas regain its sense of place and open its arms to the Austin community.

Fabric Structures
11/26/2013

No Boundaries

Fabric structures, the once and always lightweight workhorse, create a limitless design dimension.

Harry Ransom Center
11/26/2013

Buried Treasure

Austin's Harry Ransom Center uses environmental graphics to unveil its mission and collections.

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