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

The Senses: Design Beyond Vision
The Senses—Design Beyond Vision Both a Feat and a Feast

Curators Ellen Lupton and Andrea Lipps from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (New York) enlisted the help of Studio Joseph to create an exhibition that goes beyond the visual to deliver a uniquely accessible sensorial feast.

Nike NYHQ Dream Teamwork
Nike NYHQ Dream Teamwork
Dimensional Maps

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

Tustin Arch Monument (Allison Richter Photography)
Tustin Arch Monument

The City of Tustin, Calif., is in the midst of constructing a 1,600-acre planned community that will ultimately consist of more than 4,000 residential units and 9 million square feet of commercial and institutional development, with acres of open park space.

New 3M Tape Tackles High Temperature Applications
New 3M Tape Tackles High Temperature Applications

3M™ VHB™ Tape GPH series is designed to withstand the high temperatures found in powder coating, liquid paint processes and more.