Chanel Dehond

Chanel Dehond

Chanel Dehond is a designer, artist, professor, and the Toronto-born, New York, and London-based Global Director of brandx, HLW’s signage, wayfinding, and brand experience studio.



Member Since

September 2022

Chanel is the Toronto-born, New York and London-based Global Director of brandx, HLW’s signage, wayfinding, and brand experience studio. She compares design details to the impact of drawing those two simple lines that make eyebrows on a face – one small gesture can make a large impact. With 15 years of industry experience, Chanel’s docket includes her current award-winning experiential graphic design work with HLW’s brandx studio, editorial and illustration-based contributions to ArchDaily, and Metropolis Magazine, large-scale murals and artwork in her Chanel Dehond-branded, black-and-white linework-style, and her professorship with Parsons School of Design in the departments of interior design and brand identity. Chanel maintains that what you say with signage matters, there is as much importance in the way that we navigate cultural conversations as in the way that we navigate our built environments.

Chanel is always looking for ways to use 2D illustration, graphic design, and text-based content to change the way we engage with 3-dimensional space, attempting to make the sometimes exclusive world of architecture and design more fun and approachable. Environmental graphics, wayfinding, and conversation starters are her medium, recognizing that branded graphics are a super high-impact, low-cost way to tell people who you are and what you do.

Her recent client list includes (alphabetically): Amazon, Aspen, Bain & Company, Discovery, Inc., Fordham University, Google, Meta, Morgan Stanley, Point72, Prudential Insurance, Schrödinger, and Subway. She’s always looking for ways to meet new people, as Chanel will say, “Meeting new people is my peanut butter, and collaborating is my jam.”

Practice Area

Branded Environments, Placemaking, Strategy/Research/Planning, Wayfinding

Focus Area

Brand, Destination Experiences, Equitable Design, Graphic, Signage


Corporate, Education, Healthcare, Workplace