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

Building a Blaze—Museum at Prairiefire
Building a Blaze—Museum at Prairiefire

Read Time: 9 minutes

There remains a burning desire to know more about the Verner Johnson-designed Museum at Prairiefire (Overland, Kan.)—an example of how architecture and experiential graphics can be as one—and its permanent exhibits, designed and fabricated by Dimensional Innovations.

Railroads, Research and Rust at Philadelphia’s Rail Park
Railroads, Research and Rust at Philadelphia’s Rail Park
Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute
Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute

Thoughts and Opinions

Deconstructing Technology as a Building Material
Deconstructing Technology as a Building Material—Digital Display Basics

Traditional designers are accustomed to using materials like fabric, wood, metal, and glass to create interiors that bring buildings to life and convey narratives. Of late, however, technology has established itself as an essential component of any space, and it must be considered as necessary as any other building material.

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

Explore SEGD Award Winners

Allen Institute for Brain Science
Allen Institute for Brain Science
Rabobank Sydney HQ
Rabobank Sydney Headquarters
Jinyi Cinemas Guangzhou Haizhucheng IMAX
Jinyi Cinemas Guangzhou Haizhucheng IMAX
Google Wayfinding
Google Wayfinding

SEGD Talks - Materials videos

Wendy Fok - The 21st Century Maker

Materials EGD Firms

SEGD Materials Podcasts

The ideal way to learn from your desk. These courses consist of podcast recordings of webinar and workshop materials delivered by the top professionals in EGD in the SEGD community.
$10 for individual Podcasts and $30 for the Podcast collections (best value) for members. Click for content details.

Webinar 2015 | Budgeting 101
2014 Webinar | Demystified: Specs for EGD
2014 Webinar | Beyond Screens: Immersive Experiences

Materials News

Mactac® Celebrates 60 Years (image: anniversary logo)
Mactac® Celebrates 60 Years

Read Time: 3 minutes

Congratulations to Mactac®, a leading pressure-sensitive adhesives manufacturer headquartered in Stow, Ohio, that is celebrating its milestone 60th anniversary this year.

Designtex + Coalesse Collection Announced (Image: textured fabrics)
Designtex + Coalesse Collection Announced

Read Time: 2 minutes

Designtex and Coalesse have joined forces to produce Designtex + Coalesse, a collection of nine patterned textiles that celebrate and evoke the synergy of cross-disciplinary collaboration between the two Steelcase brands as well as create colorful and inviting office environments.