Austin Mayer Joins Leviathan

Austin Mayer, Leviathan

Leviathan (Chicago) announced that Austin Mayer has joined the company as interactive director.

Austin Mayer is the interactive director behind groundbreaking interactive experiences for Linkin Park, Manchester Orchestra, John Mayer and The Rolling Stones, among many other artists and labels, as well as top-tier brands and events. In 2009, he co-founded Chicago-based Eyes & Ears Entertainment, where he began forging an impressive client list by developing inventive projects ranging from interactive games to multi-campaign interactive programs and connected experiential installations. E&E's success led to the firm's merger with The Uprising Creative in 2014, where Mayer held the position of interactive director and partner until joining Leviathan. Personally overseeing the high-profile company's massive interactive workload with his partners in Chicago, Mayer actively contributed design and development on Uprising projects for AT&T, Activision, Beyonce, Chevrolet, Citibank, Converse, Covergirl, Lollapalooza, Nike Air Jordan, Justin Timberlake, Samsung and many others.

"I have consistently been amazed at Leviathan's work--it transcends the mainstream and elevates the concept of content and experience," says Mayer. "I'm floored and humbled to be a part of the wild imagination that is Leviathan."

Leviathan President Chad Hutson and Creative Director Jason White say Mayer's skills creating web and mobile experiences are already impacting Leviathan's business significantly. "It's safe to say that with Austin here, we're now in a different league," White explains.  "With his balance of conceptual development, design and technical expertise--and his versatile client experience and team management skills--our capabilities are absolutely unlimited."


Gericke Creates College Football Logo

College Football logo by Michael Gericke

Pentagram (New York) Partner Michael Gerickedesigned the logo and trophy for the College Football National Championship.

Gericke's logo was rendered on the field for the championship game (in which Alabama's Crimson Tide defeated Clemson University at Phoenix Stadium) and his trophy was awarded after the game Jan. 12, 2016. Both feature two gold brackets that form the shape of a football and represent the coming together of the best teams in the NCAA's Division 1 playoff system. Gericke also designed award-winning environmental graphicsfor the University of Phoenix Stadium, the home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, which hosted the 2008 and 2015 Super Bowls.

More information and images from Pentagram



SloanLED Adds Two Sales Hires

Dave Burgoon, SloanLED

SloanLED (Ventura, Calif.) announced two additions to its national sales team: David Burgoon, National Account Manager – Petroleum/C‑Stores and Brian Davis, National Account Manager – Sign Group.

“We welcome Dave and Brian aboard during this exciting period of growth for the company,” says Kevin Stoll, SloanLED Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Their respective experience brings decades of valuable knowledge and insight to the SloanLED team as we move into 2016 with innovative lighting solutions for the sign, petroleum, c‑store and grocery markets.”

Burgoon has 23 years of petroleum and c‑store industry knowledge and experience along with a deep understanding of the current market. He will focus on strengthening SloanLED’s petro/c‑store customer base as well as creating new relationships with the owners of more than 152,000 stores across the U.S. He will work with both the national and regional chains on the total store lighting solution that SloanLED offers.

Davis brings 20 years of signage and LED sales experience, with specific expertise in commercial electronic sign/advertising industries. Davis will lead the charge on building and maintaining relationships with key corporate decision makers in the Central United States and Canada. He will handle large volume accounts looking to incorporate SloanLED’s latest product offering.


P+M Creates EGD for Prudential

Prudential headquarters, Newark, NJ

Poulin + Morris (New York) created a comprehensive environmental graphics and wayfinding sign program for the Newark, N.J., headquarters of Prudential.

A 12-ft.-high, dimensional, stainless steel logotype, accompanied by the company’s iconic “Rock” symbol, are displayed on LED-illuminated signs situated at the top of the building, above the main entrance and at the building’s plaza level.

Headquartered in Newark for over 140 years, Prudential recently expanded, erecting a 20-story, 675,000-sq.-ft. LEED Gold-certified tower in the heart of the city. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the new headquarters was designed to revitalize the neighborhood while relocating hundreds of employees to a central location.

The interior sign program includes additional “Rock” signs prominently featured on the building’s third floor, where a conference center and executive offices are located. High-polish stainless steel, glass and bronze sign panels identify various business units, trading floors, floor levels and room numbers throughout the building, while the facility’s health and wellness center showcases motivational wall murals composed in Prudential’s signature blue color palette. A branding program for the Parkview Café, the employee dining facility, was developed for all printed materials and graphic sign elements, including a digital template to display the café menus on iPads.

The project fabricator was Design Communications Ltd.

See more project images on the Poulin + Morris website.


Thomas and Bernhardt Join Jones Worley

Alejandra Thomas, Jones Worley

Jones Worley (Atlanta) has added Alejandra Thomas and Lynne Bernhardt to its environmental graphic design team.

Alejandra Thomas is Jones Worley's new Vice President of Environmental Graphic Design. With more than 10 years' experience, she will lead the firm's EGD, wayfinding and sign studio. Before joining Jones Worley, Thomas collaborated with architectural groups on projects for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Alejandra has led teams on comprehensive wayfinding and sign design initiatives in transportation, commercial development and parking services in Georgia and across the country.

Lynne Bernhardt has more than 20 years' experience in environmental graphic design, specializing in sign system design, wayfinding and master planning. She has managed and designed systems for a wide variety of industries including education, retail, recreation, medical, transportation, sports and commercial. Her responsibilities at Jones Worley include planning, design, bid analysis, construction administration and project management. Lynne is also Co-Chair of SEGD's Atlanta chapter.

Lynne Bernhardt, Jones Worley


PhilaU Opens Surface Imaging Enrollment

Philadelphia University Masters in Surface Imaging Program

Philadelphia University's MS in Surface Imaging program is accepting new degree candidates starting summer 2016.

The Surface Imaging program at Philadelphia University is a unique graduate program utilizing a variety of state-of-the-art digital printing technologies at the Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging. By applying painting, drawing, photography and printmaking to advanced design studios and printing practices, students will produce complex, unique and relevant surface-image projects through fabrication printing, including additive material deposition and subtraction-printing technologies.

The program is part of the Philadelphia University Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce. The curriculum includes courses in surface imaging design, printing technology and material and polymer science, as well as entrepreneurship and business plan creation, to integrate design, applied engineering and business for the growing digital printing industry.

Students in the program will gain professional experience through research-based projects with industry partners that stress critical thinking and problem-solving skills through teamwork and collaboration. They will gain extensive experience working on interdisciplinary projects using advanced technology and design solutions. Students also will have access to the Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging, which has been supported by international imaging industries, including printer manufacturers, ink formulators and software developers.

This one-year program will start in summer semester of May 2016, and successful students can graduate the following summer, 2017. While the university has a rolling enrollment system, its preferred deadline for applications is March 1, 2016.

For more information, visit the university's website.  If you have any questions, contact Hitoshi Ujiie or the Philadelphia University Office of Graduate Admissions.

Photo: Philadelphia University


Whitehouse Joins Two Twelve Team

Ben Whitehouse, Two Twelve

Two Twelve (New York) added Ben Whitehouse to its staff as Associate Creative Director and promoted Sharmi Patel from senior designer to Associate Creative Director.

Whitehouse joins the Two Twelve team from Whitehouse & Company, and brings a wealth of experience in graphic design, including branding, print, environmental graphic design and new media. His skills as a designer are matched by his ability to lead and manage a project effectively. Working on Creative Director Jonathan Posnett’s team, he'll will be adding his unique perspective to projects such as the University of Connecticut, Newark Airport and Alexander Court, a trophy-class office building in the heart of Washington, D.C. Whitehouse is also a Co-Chair of the SEGD New York chapter.

Sharmi Patel, in her previous role as a Senior Designer on Creative Director Anna Sharp’s team, immersed herself in a variety of complex projects, ranging from major healthcare institutions like The Queen’s Medical Center in Hawai‘i to urban wayfinding projects such as the City of Provo, Utah. Her depth of experience and dedication to client needs allow her to easily step into her new role as Associate Creative Director and continue her tremendous efforts at Two Twelve.

Sharmi Patel, Two Twelve

"The Associate Creative Director role will create a powerful new dynamic that allows Two Twelve teams to adapt to the needs of any given project and provide our clients with expert attention on a variety of fronts," says Principal Ann Harakawa.

“We are expanding our reach and our capabilities in order to better serve our clients,” adds Harakawa. “Sharmi and Ben are able to provide leadership and manage projects efficiently while using their particular skill sets to find the hidden logic of any space.”


Nanov Building Digital Kiosks for Savannah Airport

Digital displays by Nanov at Savannah Airport

Nanov Display (Miami) is building digital display kiosks for departure gate corridors at Savannah Hilton Head International Airport.

The Nanov Consortium--Nanov Display (hardware), Scala (software) and AVnet (distribution)--will design, build and install 11 of the kiosks. The three-sided aluminum, polycarbonate and stainless-steel structures will be placed throughout the airport to disperse corridor traffic. Each kiosk will incorporate three 55-in. high-resolution LCD panels: one for wayfinding, one for airport information and the third for advertising. The displays will feature 500cd luminosity.



2016 SEGD Academic Summit: Technology and Innovation in Experiential Graphic Design

SEGD Academic Summit

Summit is June 8 at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts

Educators, students, design practitioners and researchers will gather June 8 in Seattle for the 2016 SEGD Academic Summitand presentation of peer-reviewed research and curriculum innovation focused on Experiential Graphic Design.

The SEGD Academic Summit precedes the 2016 SEGD Conference: Experience SeattleJune 9-11, headquartered at the Westin Seattle Hotel. The full-day Summit will be hosted at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts, just blocks from the conference venue.

SEGD has issued a Call for Papers for the Summit and the deadline for submission of extended abstracts is March 4, 2016.  Members of SEGD’s Academic Task Force will evaluate the abstracts and the authors of selected papers will be invited to present their work at the Summit. Authors will be notified April 8 and full manuscripts with supporting documentation and images will be due on May 20, 2016.

In addition to being presented at the Summit, the selected papers will be published in the 2016 issue of SEGD’s academic research journal Communication + Place. The peer-reviewed journal was launched in 2015 as a venue for sharing the design research work of academics, students, practitioners and researchers focused on Experiential Graphic Design.
For the 2016 Summit and journal publication, SEGD is focusing its lens on research and curriculum development related to integration of digital technology, user-centric interactive experiences and experimentation in Experiential Graphic Design.

“We’re planning the 2016 Academic Summit as a platform for those who are pushing the boundaries of Experiential Graphic Design and innovating user experiences in public spaces,” says Justin Molloy, SEGD’s Director of Education and Professional Development.

“In a world that’s getting more connected and data-centric every day, our discipline is changing at a rapid pace,” he notes. “Experiential graphic designers are the natural leaders in creating spaces that are connected, functional, beautiful and centered on human needs. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on work that leads toward higher levels of technology integration in these user experiences.”

The focus on technology and innovation aligns with SEGD’s current educational initiatives, which encompass not only the traditional components of Experiential Graphic Design—wayfinding, public information design, placemaking and identity and exhibition design—but also provide professional development in digital experience design. In 2016, SEGD is hosting three events focused on the cutting edge of digital technology: DesignX at Digital Signage Expo 2016 (March 15-16 in Las Vegas), Xplorer Digital Foundations Bootcamp (July 14, Los Angeles) and SEGD’s signature technology + design event, Xlab 2016 (Oct. 27-28 in New York).

Registration for the 2016 SEGD Academic Summit is free with registration to the 2016 SEGD Conference June 9-11. Get more information about the conference or register here.

For more information on the School of Visual Concepts, visit its website.

Download the Call for Papers and submission guidelines here.
Direct questions and PDF abstract submissions to Jody Graff at [email protected].

Photo: Robin Lopez