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Environmental graphic design and experiential graphic design are visual communications manifested in the physical, material world. Naturally, then, materials are the DNA of the environments and experiences that result. Materiality establishes the tone and nature of their visual vocabulary.

Materials Articles

Pathways at  Allen Institute for Brain Science
Studio SC Creates Pathways at the Allen Institute for Brain Science

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.”

Photo of Industry City by Airspace
Airspace Breathes New Life into Industry City
W Landmark at the University of Washington
An Unexpected ‘W’ at The University of Washington

Thoughts and Opinions

Designtex Office Image
A Studio Visit—Inspired Surface Imaging at Designtex

​Portland Maine is even more picturesque and quaint than I imagined it would be—and it’s home to Designtex’s surface imaging program, complete with large-format multi-substrate precision-printing capability and staff of artists, craftspeople, and technologists.

Explore SEGD Award Winners

Garangula Gallery Facade
Garangula Gallery Facade
American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
Ventspils Museum Exhibition
Ventspils Museum Exhibition
Seattle Children's Research Institute Neighborhood Visibility
Seattle Children's Research Institute

SEGD Talks - Materials videos

Wendy Fok - The 21st Century Maker

Materials Firms

SEGD Materials Courses

The ideal way to learn from your desk. These courses consist of webinar and workshop materials delivered by SEGD.
$50 for individual courses and $200 for the course packs (best value) for members. Click for content details.

Beyond Screens Course
Color and Color Theory in Environmental Graphic Design

Materials News

Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Yorston & Associates Support Harvard Graduate Design Program

Yorston & Associates and their distributor partner, Harbor Sales, supported the Harvard University Graduate School of Design program, Hybrid Formations: Interdisciplinary Design, last fall with a donation of Alumet Supply aluminum sheet metal. Volkan Alkanoglu, Lecturer in Architecture, described the course as a way to examine and implement techniques and strategies for the design of prototype structures out of aluminum sheet metal.

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Gemini GemTrim Cap Trim
Gemini Announces Expansion of GemTrim™ Trim Cap Line

Gemini (Cannon Falls, Minn.), an industry leader in the wholesale manufacture of dimensional letters, logos and plaques, expands its GemTrim offering to include two-inch-wide trim cap, supplied in 100-foot rolls. The new two-inch size complements the existing GemTrim three-quarter and one-inch sizes.

The addition of the two-inch-wide size provides customers with a full array of trim cap options to add accent color, depth, and structural integrity to the production of any channel letter project.