Sketchbook Feature Articles

In the Game—Dimensional Innovations' Connecticut Spring
In the Game—Dimensional Innovations' Connecticut Spring
10/28/2019

Read Time: 8 minutes

This past spring, experience design and fabrication firm Dimensional Innovations (Overland Park, Kan.) unveiled two innovative projects in the Constitution State: Hall of Champions at the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center and Wilderverse at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

KKA Focuses on Family at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (image: hospital lobby, photo by: Emily Hagopian)
KKA Focuses on Family at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
04/29/2019

Read Time: 7.5 minutes

Kate Keating Associates (San Francisco) brought nature and nurture to the forefront of their comprehensive, family-centered experiential graphic design work at the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

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fd2s Designs Integrated Flexible Wayfinding for MHealth Facility
03/27/2018

The University of Minnesota Health’s new MHealth facility in Minneapolis was purpose-built for facility flexibility and patient convenience, which presented graphic design firm fd2s with a unique wayfinding challenge.

Amri Studio Helps Dayton Children’s Donor Wall Take Flight
Amri Studio Helps Dayton Children’s Donor Wall Take Flight
01/16/2018

How can you artfully lift spirits and create wonder in an emotionally charged space while honoring the generosity of many donors? Amri Studio (Portland, Ore.) accomplished just that for Dayton Children’s Hospital, complete with a theme of taking flight.

Pathways at  Allen Institute for Brain Science
Studio SC Creates Pathways at the Allen Institute for Brain Science
04/11/2017

How do you create a thoughtful, dramatic public installation that is simultaneously high-science and curiously low-tech? Studio SC (Seattle) teamed up with the Allen Institute for Brain Science and Perkins+Will to transform a busy South Lake Union corner with illuminated neural “Pathways.”

Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula Donor Wall
A Rewarding Hospital Donor Wall Expansion in Monterey
01/18/2017

In order to recognize their many generous donors, the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) enlisted the help of Amri Studio to create an artistic donor recognition wall in the lobby of the main facility, a building designed by architect Edward Durell Stone.

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.

Empathy by Design at Planned Parenthood of NYC
10/19/2016

Focused on reaching a very diverse audience with a message of comfort and safety, Calori &Vanden-Eynden designed the signage for Planned Parenthood of New York City’s new health and education center in Queens. The result is beautiful, economical, and so effective it has become the model for other similar centers across the country.

Image from Texas Children's Hospital
Human-Focused Wayfinding Strategy at Texas Children's Hospital
08/30/2016

Lauded by the 2016 SEGD Global Design Awards jury as a "true example of a human-focused project," Formation's assessment of the existing conditions and user satisfaction with wayfinding at Texas Children's Hospital's established an alternative reading of the hospital's “sensory landscape”.

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.

Brigham & Women's Hospital Wayfinding (Cloud Gehshan Associates)
Solving the Healthcare Wayfinding Puzzle with Research and Empathy
03/22/2016

With a background in human factors and cognition as well as design, Virginia Gehshan, FSEGD, has directed Cloud Gehshan Associates’ wayfinding programs for numerous healthcare facilities, campuses, park systems and cities. Her practice is founded on a user-centered approach that employs rigorous research and analysis, a methodical design process—and the recognition that empathy, not signs, is the most important element in wayfinding.

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.

Artwork at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Art and Healing in Healthcare Environments, Part 3: Empathy and Engagement
02/23/2016

For Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, art is an integral part of its mission to improve outcomes and create positive experiences for patients and their families. But CCHMC’s approach is unique and holistic. With the help of Kolar Design, the hospital engages with patients and the community to create art that promotes healing, supports the CCHMC brand and is fully integrated with interiors and architecture. Read Part 3 in our Art and Healing in Healthcare Environments series.

Antelope Valley Medical Center, Lancaster, Calif.
Art and Healing in Healthcare Environments, Part 2: Community and Storytelling
02/23/2016

When Kaiser Permanente planned its new Antelope Valley Medical Center in the windy desert region north of Los Angeles, it envisioned more than a place for sick people. Kaiser and local residents wanted a “total health environment” and a community gathering space. A unique partnership between two experience design firms resulted in a super-scaled public art program that connects people, place and experience by telling the community’s story.

Seattle Children's Hospital art and wayfinding program (Studio SC)
Art and Healing in Healthcare Environments [Intro to 3-part series]
02/23/2016

Thanks to the growing use of evidence-based design in healthcare environments, elements such as natural light, views to nature and clear wayfinding are becoming the norm in hospitals and wellness centers. Art also has an important role to play in healthcare spaces—and in a three-part series, we explore its power in supporting wayfinding, creating a sense of place and easing stress for patients, families and staff. Explore Art and Healing in Healthcare Environments.

Seattle Children's Hospital art and wayfinding program (Studio SC)
Art and Healing in Healthcare Environments, Part 1: Integrating Art and Wayfinding
02/17/2016

For Seattle Children’s Hospital, art is part of a formula that promotes wellbeing through architecture and interiors, green space and wayfinding. When the hospital opened a new wing in 2013, it was deemed critical to provide a wayfinding system that would help patients, families, visitors and staff find their way.

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.

SEGD's Best of the Best Content in 2015
Best of the Best SEGD Content in 2015
12/08/2015

So much great content, so little time! At SEGD, we’ve created more than 500 new articles in 2015 alone. To save you some time, we compiled a greatest-hits list of the top 20 articles, presentations and videos from SEGD events, the website and eg magazine. Enjoy the SEGD year in review!

Photo of Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane Australia
Living Tree Creates a New Kind of Patient Experience at Brisbane Hospital
12/02/2015

The new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane was designed as a "living tree" that promotes patient health and wellbeing. Dotdash delivered a clear wayfinding system that helps reduce stress and an environmental graphics program that adds a sense of joy and vibrancy to the hospital environment.

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.

Seattle Children's Research Institute Neighborhood Visibility
Seattle Children's Research Institute Neighborhood Visibility Project
08/04/2014

Retro Rx

NBBJ Studio 07 prescribes an unexpected medium to draw attention to the work of a pediatric research facility.

At Seattle Children’s Research Institute, one of the top five pediatric research centers in the U.S., hundreds of scientists and researchers work to find new cures

Kate Keating on Healtcare Design
Kate Keating on Healthcare Design
02/25/2014

SEGD Well: Healthcare Innovations Workshop

Mercy West Hospital Donor Recognition and Wayfinding
02/05/2014

Highlight: SEGD Well Healthcare Innovation Workshop

Giving Thanks at Mercy Health

Andreas Uebele
01/15/2014

Architype

Hablamos Juntos Universal Health Care Symbols
12/31/2013

"We Speak Together"

A groundbreaking research effort produces universal symbols for health-care settings—and underscores the value of evidence-based design.

Ellwood Thompson signage, by Acorn Sign Graphics
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle for EGD
12/24/2013

Green All Over Again

EGD firms are finding new and innovative ways to reduce, re-use, and recycle.

Photo of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA
Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA Welcome Wall
12/09/2013

Warm Welcome

An interactive media wall tells the stories of Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA’s patients, staff, and families.

Glass Artistry
12/09/2013

Glass Artistry

Both palette and canvas, glass is infinitely mutable and eloquently transmissive. The seduction is powerful.

America 92 Exhibit
Ronald Shakespear, FSEGD
12/01/2013

Ronald Shakespear: Making the City Legible

SEGD's 2008 Fellow on design, cities, and storks

Dell Children's Medical Center
11/22/2013

On Axis with Nature

A new children's hospital with LEED ambitions takes an organic approach to wayfinding.

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