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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

Old School, New Traditions at the Collegiate School
Old School, New Traditions at the Collegiate School

Read Time: 5 minutes

The Collegiate School in New York City traces its roots back to 1628, so when it came time for the K-12 boy’s day school to move into a new and modern building, they enlisted the help of Alexander Isley Inc (New York) to help preserve the past and design future traditions.

It doesn’t happen every day that a client leaves an experiential graphic design project open-ended save for one very specific instruction: No supergraphics. The Collegiate School in Manhattan is no ordinary client.

The Senses: Design Beyond Vision
The Senses—Design Beyond Vision Both a Feat and a Feast
Nike NYHQ Dream Teamwork
Nike NYHQ Dream Teamwork

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

Avery Dennison Introduces New Reflective Films
Avery Dennison Introduces New Reflective Films

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Avery Dennison recently announced the launch of a new portfolio of reflective vinyl films: V2000™ Beaded Reflective Film, printable V4000™ Beaded Reflective Film and Visiflex™ V8000™ Series Prismatic Reflective Vinyl. Each of the new Reflective Films can provide increased visibility in a variety of applications, including indoor signage, outdoor signage, striping, fleet wraps and more. V2000™ film is engineered specifically for flat surfaces, while V4000™ and V8000™ films can be applied to moderate curves and vehicles. 

Designtex + West Elm Collection 3.0
Designtex + West Elm Collection 3.0

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Building on their continued partnership with West Elm, Designtex announces “3.0,” the newest capsule collection. The collection was inspired by trends seen in retail: classic textile constructions like mohair and linen and materials that feel well-loved.