Daktronics: Can't Beat the Real Thing

daktronics image of Coke sign

Daktronics (Brookings, S.D.) partnered with the New York Mets to bring animated content to the new 26-foot-high by 84-foot-wide LED script display the company recently installed at Citi Field in New York. The display spells out “Coca-Cola” in right field.

Building on a partnership that began with content for the Mets’ main video displays when they were newly installed, Daktronics Creative Services started providing creative animation and ambient lighting ideas for the unique script display prior to installation. 

More than 30 animations were provided that include content for Coca-Cola, the Mets’ brand and players, crowd prompts, and artistic elements. The production of content is still ongoing at the request of the team and their sponsor.
At more than 2,200 square feet, the display is one of the largest of its kind in professional sports and the largest to show brand specific advertising. The LED freeform puck-shaped elements are spaced 35 millimeters apart, can be integrated seamlessly with other displays at Citi Field and provide a unique aspect to every event.
For the main display, Daktronics Creative Services provided transitional elements for between different pieces of content, game information, layouts and live video shots.


ArtHouse Design Celebrates 20 years

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Denver design agency ArtHouse Design is celebrating 20 years of creative partnerships.

ArtHouse Design laid its foundation in Denver's historic Larimer Square district in 1983 under the moniker Weber Design. In 1996, after seven years as Weber's Senior Designer, Marty Gregg bought the company with little more than a sketchbook, a bank loan and his former business partner, Craig Rouse. But he also had a love for building things, from gadgets to rapport, and invaluable experience with running a business. Grateful for the guidance of then-owner Chris Weber, Marty smoothly transitioned their clients through the new ownership and renamed the company today's recognizable brand.

Over the years, ArtHouse has left its artistic mark on dozens of businesses and places—from start-up brands to iconic landmarks—in Colorado and beyond. In particular, its leadership and expertise in environmental and experiential graphic design has played a key role in impacting some of Denver's most recognizable attractions.


Infinite Scale Staff Promotions

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Infinite Scale (Salt Lake City) promoted four staffers, naming Dan Phillips and Darlene Van Uden as Design Directors and Erin Stearns and Tyler Rice as Senior Designers.

Dan Phillips has been working with Infinite Scale for eight years and is based in the Cincinnati office. As a design director he is currently working on the COPA America Centenario 2016 and the 2017 College Football Championships.

Darlene Van Uden has been with Infinite Scale for three and a half years in the Salt Lake office. As a Design Director, Darlene is currently leading the charge on Little Caesar’s Arena and the US Open Player Hallway for the US Tennis Association.

Erin Stearns has been with the studio for two years in the Salt Lake office. As a Senior Designer, she is currently working on COPA America Centenario 2016 and the 2017 College Football Championships.

Tyler Rice has been with the studio for two and a half years and is based in the Cincinnati office. As a Senior Designer, he is currently dedicated the COPA America Centenario 2016.



Pentagram Crafts a New Stage for Shakespeare

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What makes the words, ideas and characters of William Shakespeare—an Englishman—so central to American life and thought? This question is explored in America’s Shakespeare, a new exhibition presented at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., that looks at the ways Americans have made The Bard their own. Pentagram’s Abbott Miller and his team have created a unique design for the exhibition that uses elements inspired by stagecraft, film and vernacular American architecture, integrated into the rich interiors of the Folger’s landmark Great Hall.

As with the earlier exhibition, the challenge was to create an engaging and immersive environment built around artifacts displayed in vitrines. Another challenge was the Folger space itself: Designed by the architect Paul Cret (who also designed the original Barnes Foundation building in Merion, Pennsylvania), the 1932 building houses its main gallery in the Great Hall, an expansive Tudor-inspired interior of dark oak panels offset by a vaulted white ornamental ceiling.


Jaguars Sign Harbinger

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Since the Jacksonville Jaguars launched in 1995, Harbinger has been all in with their headquarter hometown franchise. Harbinger announced their new official partnership with the Jaguars for the 2016 season as the team’s official sign provider. They'll be constructing and providing the official signage that seen at Everbank Stadium – from heartrate bumping “MORE” tags to brilliantly illuminated Jag-lines.


C&G Partners: Mapping the New York Botanic Garden

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The New York Botanical Garden is one of the world's premier classical botanical gardens, and a National Historic Landmark. A leader in horticultural science, education and advocacy, it preserves and displays over 1,000,000 plants across 250 acres of dramatic rock outcroppings, waterfalls and the Thain Family Forest, a 50-acre remnant of the forest that once covered New York City.

Based on the success of C&G Partners’ Native Plant Garden map design project for NYBG, the Garden commissioned C&G Partners to rethink the entire comprehensive map that guides visitors through the 250-acre site. The traditional cartographic system, based on hand-made watercolors, was hard to update and keep consistent. The new project was a kind of preservation effort of its own: the goal was to create an updated, layered digital map for the site, without sacrificing the eminent style of a hand-drawn classic garden map.

Recently, C&G Partners continued their work with NYBG and designed a map series for the Thain Family Forest Program, which is dedicated to preserving the forest.

The Thain Family Forest is still thriving in the Bronx. The research site, visitor destination, and educational resource are situated at the heart of the New York Botanic Garden.

C&G Partners' map series begins with a depiction of The Thain Family Forest within the dramatic terrain of the New York Botanic Garden; it then focuses on specific facets of the forest, from soil phases and dominant canopies to research infrastructure and hiking trails.


Lorenc + Yoo Design Bring the Blues to Wind Creek Casino

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When planning a renovation of the existing Wind Creek Casino in Montgomery, Alabama, the ownership teamed with the BB King Club in Memphis to add an exciting entertainment venue based on legendary blues musician BB King. Lorenc+Yoo Design was retained to assist in bringing creating a one-of-a-kind experience that would draw customers from across the region.

Although Lorenc+Yoo Design designed two of the past Wind Creek Casino projects, the firm approached this project in a completely fresh light–down to the restroom signs.

Lorenc+Yoo Design teamed with Dale & Partners to merge architecture and interior design with vintage-inspired signage, large hand-painted murals, marquee signs and even old time incandescent and neon lighting.

The innovative combination resulted in an experience rarely seen outside of Las Vegas. The richness of the architecture and interior design was complemented by the thematic graphics of the streetscape signage to mimic Beale Street in Memphis, where the BB King Club originated. The design references many of the other touches designed by Lorenc+Yoo Design for the casino.

With vision and effective execution, Wind Creek Casino went from a gaming-only venue to a nightclub destination honoring the legendary BB King in Montgomery, Alabama.


CGA on Philadelphia Rail Park Project

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Cloud Gehshan Associates (Philadelphia) is designing graphic and interpretive enhancements for the Reading Viaduct Project, a reclamation of abandoned rail tracks that will become Philadelphia's version of the High Line.

The Reading Viaduct has been abandoned since the last train traveled its rails in 1984. Soon it will be transformed into an elevated rail park, a ribbon of green with spectacular views of the Philadelphia skyline.

As a reclaimed public space, the park will bring diverse communities together, contribute to surrounding neighborhoods and preserve the Callowhill Industrial District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Both the Reading and Pennsylvania Railroads transported coal and commodities that fueled the nation’s Industrial Revolution and westward expansion. The park represents the heart of American railroad history, and CGA's goal will be to celebrate its rich legacy and enhance the visitor experience. The CGA design team is working with Philadelphia's Center City District, Friends of the Rail Park and Studio Bryan Hanes on the project.

(Rendering: Courtesy of Studio Bryan Hanes)



Applied Wayfinding Receives Queen's Award

Dongdaemun Design Plaza wayfinding signage (Applied Wayfining and YiEUM Partners Consortium

Applied Wayfinding (London) is a recipient of a 2016 Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the highest business accolade in the UK, in recognition of its outstanding achievements in international trade.

In its work creating user-focused wayfinding systems, Applied has worked all over the world. Over the past year alone Applied has worked in 10 countries across five continents, delivering innovative and award-winning projects. Exports now account for 80% of the firm’s turnover.

Founded in 2003, Applied first won international recognition as the architect of Legible London, which set the global gold standard for city wayfinding systems. The business has successfully expanded into other sectors,
including transportation, large-scale mixed-use developments, university campuses, retail malls, airports, public parks and museums. At the same time, Applied has increased its global reach and developed expertise in
digital mapping.

At the heart of Applied’s approach is an interest in how people think and behave, says Tim Fendley, Applied partner and creative director. This interest informs planning, design and implementation. The firm of four
partners and 30 experts works collaboratively with each client to discover needs and apply a set of proven principles, in order to create unique wayfinding solutions that integrate seamlessly into the local environment.

"We are delighted to receive this award in recognition of the global reach of our design firm," notes Fendley. "As experts in urban information design, we are proud to represent great British creative talent overseas. As a small, independently owned practice, this award means a great deal. We are delighted to have our work recognised and look forward to continuing to contribute to excellence in wayfinding on an international stage." 

Applied is based in London, with offices in New York, Vancouver and Seoul. Current engagements include signage and urban information strategy for Edmonton, Alberta; wayfinding for the City of Cleveland, Ohio; transport
information strategy for Toronto; large mixed-use developments in Hong Kong, New York and Abu Dhabi; city-wide wayfinding strategy for Rio de Janeiro; major new ground-up cities in Columbia and Qatar; signage for Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul; and wayfinding for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

In celebration of this prestigious award, Applied will attend a reception at Buckingham Palace and a special awards ceremony later this year, in which the firm will be presented with the Grant of Appointment and a ceremonial crystal bowl.

Photo: Applied Wayfinding. Wayfinding signage for the Zaha Hadid-designed Dongdaemun Design Plaza,Seoul, South Korea (project in collaboration with YiEUM Partners Consortium)


Envision Designs Donor Recognition for Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital Donor Wall by Envision

Envision (Toronto) created the new state-of-the-art digital donor recognition system for Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital.

The new installation, unique to Canada in its size and complexity, recognizes hospital supporters from the past 94 years. Standing 50 ft. long and 12 ft. high, the digital canvas spans 21,000 pixels wide.

As part of the "Renew Sinai" redevelopment project, Envision worked closely with the Sinai Health Foundation to design, build and install a digital donor recognition system that pays homage to the thousands of donors whose generosity has supported the hospital from its humble beginnings to today.

“We are privileged to be working with Sinai Health Foundation on such a significant design project and proud of the work we've accomplished,” says Mark Wilson, Envision executive vice president. “The foundation wanted to create something architecturally and technologically outstanding to express their gratitude to their many donors.  The wall acts as the central art piece within the revitalization of the whole main floor lobby. The end result is a combination of artistry and technology on a whole new level. In our many years of donor recognition work, this is the largest and most complex project Envision has ever completed, both in terms of its scale and technical sophistication.”

With more than 10,000 people circulating through the main lobby corridor at Mount Sinai Hospital every day, it was crucial for the final creation to include movement of content that was soft, flowing and conveyed a sense of tranquility within the space.

“We involved many stakeholders in the design process, including architect and interior design experts as well as some of Sinai Health Foundation’s top donors, to ensure the end result was the best fit for the space,” continues Wilson. “Our overall goal was to create a relaxing and soothing environment for anyone visiting the hospital.  At the same time, the final piece needed to make a strong modern statement. Our starting point was to establish a philosophical design principle built from a harmonious relationship between components of shape and functionality, producing the desired emotional state we were striving for.”

“This wall surpasses our expectations and makes such a significant contribution to the hospital’s landscape,” says Tony di Cosmo, vice-president, donor relations for Sinai Health Foundation. “When we embarked on this project with Envision, our main goal was to recognize the incredible generosity of our donors. What we didn’t expect was the dynamic work of ‘living’ art we would have in the end. The wall blends donor names with moving images, messages and stories. It is an ever-changing piece that has brought an entirely new level of art form to this hospital." 

The video wall creates an immersive ultra high-definition experience using 33 NEC X series commercial displays, with 65-in., 4K screens on each end for messaging and promoting upcoming events. It represents the largest single machine installation of Touch Designer software in North America based on a pixel count level (content is generated in real time at 23,040 x 3,240), powering the 33-screen main video wall. A state-of-the-art content management system and next-generation hardware enables Sinai Health Foundation members to create customized content and upload to the system in real time. The main fixture construction of white Corian and glass, together with LED accent lights and stainless steel trims, allow the installation to blend seamlessly into the hospital's newly renovated architectural environment. It is located in the hospital's main floor lobby from the University Avenue entrance.