Jeanne Maier is a multi-disciplinary designer with a background in graphic design, exhibit design and environmental graphic design. Her design experience has included three prominent cultural and educational organizations in Philadelphia: The Philadelphia Zoo, The University of Pennsylvania, and The Franklin Institute. These prestigious organizations rely on the talent of their in-house design teams to develop creative solutions that engage audiences and create positive experiences for all who attend these public spaces.
With the 20 years combined at the zoo and the science center, she has spent the greater portion of her career in the museum field, giving Jeanne a deep appreciation of the impact that designed experiences can have on the public. She strives to elevate design and develop unique engagement platforms to reach audiences in deep and profound ways.
Currently as Director of Exhibits and Design at The Franklin Institute, she oversees a multi-disciplinary design team of graphic designers, exhibit designers, experience designers, media developers, and project coordinators, where she directs projects from concept through completion. A few of the major exhibitions she has to her credit include, Your Brain, winner of the 2014 national AAM Best of Exhibitions award, SportsZone and Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor. Throughout each project she is an advocate for the visitor—determining user interfaces, ADA accessibility, exhibit flow, and graphic style and placement—to ensure a natural ease as well an appealing look and feel to the designed environment. She works toward a cohesive and integrated design approach that creates welcoming public spaces and provides multiple entry points for various learning styles of audiences.
In other areas of design, she has created various signage programs including the design and implementation of a comprehensive digital signage program at The Franklin Institute that includes dynamic data driven signage for theaters, live shows and ticket availability at the box office. Her wayfinding signage programs include message schedules developed with backend databases allowing museum staff to easily edit and replace messages as new experiences come on line. Her signage work expands further with a donor recognition program at the Institute that was a finalist in the 2017 SEGD Global Design Awards and a standardized animal identification signage program while at the zoo whose design structure and format is still in use today.
Jeanne Maier graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, BFA in Communication Design, summa cum laude.
Activities and Honors:
SEGD Award finalist - donor recognition 2017
SEGD Program host - showcasing the "Your Brain" exhibit opening in 2014.