Mayer/Reed Gets Kudos for Portland Children's Museum

Mayer/Reed (Portland) was published in the March 2015 edition of Landscape Architecture magazine for its design of the Outdoor Adventure area at the Portland Children’s Museum.

The article focused on nature-based play areas. While some of the featured projects sought to redefine play equipment, writer Katharine Logan says, “The Portland Children’s Museum challenges the need for playground equipment at all.”

The article was among many awards and citations the project has received, including the ASLA Oregon Design Award and an Intertwine Force of Nature Award, both in 2014.

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Neiman CEO Hoeller Dies

Bob Hoeller, president & CEO of Neiman & Company (Van Nuys, Calif.) died May 14 after a lengthy illness. 

Bob began working with Neiman & Company founder Harry Neiman in the late 1960s and became his business partner in the 1980s. For more than 30 years Bob was the behind-the-scenes hub of production, meeting deadlines and overseeing quality fabrication. Ever the keen eye for detail, Bob came by his penchant for graphics honestly as the grandson of a printer. Over the years he helped grow the company and developed new capabilities, while maintaining a family atmosphere for the entire staff. As an owner, Bob often took younger workers under his wing as their coach and mentor. He will be remembered by colleagues and friends as a great teacher and a kind man who loved to tell stories about the early days in the architectural signage business.

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Gary Anzalone Joins Macro Consultants

Gary Anzalone

Gary Anzalone,formerly principal of Precision Signs,has joined Macro Consultants LLC (New York) as Director, Client Management.

Reporting to the project management firm’s senior leadership team, Gary Anzalone will strengthen and further develop Macro’s regional, national, and global relationships to help inspire significant long-term growth for the company. He will oversee and enhance Macro’s client relationship management program and corporate brand strategy.

Macro (New York) manages more than10 million square feet of projects. Anzalone will be responsible for expanding Macro’s footprint in the Boston/New York City/Philadelphia/Washington, DC, corridor, as well as nationally and globally.

In making the announcement, Macro’s Managing Principal Michael Glatt said, “As Macro continues to grow on all fronts, creating a client relationship management position was a logical next step. Macro’s ongoing investment in client support underscores our unwavering commitment to providing a level of white glove service that others can’t match. There is no one better suited for this critical new position than Gary Anzalone."

Anzalone is a long-time active member of SEGD and its past chapter chair liaison to the SEGD Board of Directors as well as a founding member of the SEGD Sustainability Forum. He has also been an active member of IFMA and served as president of its New York chapter. SEGD recognized Anzalone in 2008 and 2013 with the Distinguished Member Award. In 2008 he was honored with the SEGD Angel Award. 

“I have known Macro, its senior team, and many of its professionals for several years," says Anzalone. "I have worked very closely with them on industry projects, and in their leadership roles at IFMA. Macro’s philosophy and approach to client management, service, and relationship-building is consistent with mine, which has been honed over 30 years of building business relationships. I am thrilled and energized to join Macro, as I prepare to take my consultative, problem-solving approach to a larger base.”

For the past 30 years, Anzalone has been principal at Precision Signs, a full-service architectural sign company based in Long Island, serving clients coast to coast with interior and exterior corporate identity, wayfinding, and code compliance signage. He began his career as a construction project manager with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. He was most recently president of IFMA New York. He has also served as CEO of CEO Clubs NY. He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the AIA. Anzalone earned a B.S. in technology and industrial education from New York University.


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Chicago's Secret Design Sauce

Design innovators headline 2015 SEGD "Experience" Conference June 4-6

Chicago—Chicago has its own unique brand of design: the tenacious, get ‘er done mentality that rebuilt the city after the Great Fire and continues to keep it growing strong, and the edgy, innovation-driven ethos that produces some of the greatest design work in the world. Headline speakers at the 2015 SEGD Conference: Experience Chicago will give participants a taste of Chicago’s secret design sauce June 4-6 as the global experiential graphic design community meets to focus on its future and its impacts on cities and those who shape them. 

This year, nine of Chicago’s most influential designers and design thinkers will lead the programat the 2015 SEGD Conference: 

 Tanner WoodfordChicago Design Museum | Welcome to Chicago
 Martin TreuTreu Design | The Experiential City
 George AyeGreater Good Studio | Design for Social Change
 Dana ArnettVSA Partners | Design Thinking and the Future of Cities
 Alisa WolfsonLeo Burnett Department of Design | Everything: All at Once
 Dawn HancockFirebelly | Bike Brand: The Divvy Story
 Rick Valicentiand John PobojewskiThirst | Vision + Collaboration
 Michael ShaubGensler  | Making/Code

SEGD moves its conference to a new venue every year to shine a light on the richness and uniqueness of experiential design in America's best cities. Through conference sessions, speakers, and tours of design projects, participants will be encouraged to “Experience Chicago”:

 Greater Good Studio and how it uses design thinking to benefit underserved populations
 The Divvy bike-sharing program and how it’s transforming city life
 Controversial signage at the new Chicago Trump Tower & Hotel
 The immersive and highly interactive Numbers in Natureexhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
 River tour of modern architecture
 Studio tours at some of the city’s top design firms and the Chicago Design Museum
 Cutting-edge Michigan Avenue retail destinations

The program focus is not limited to Chicago, though. Also joining the program are Hunter TuraCEO of Bruce Mau Design (Toronto); futurist David Zach(Milwaukee); City ID founder and wayfinding thought leader Mike Rawlinson(Bristol, UK); and dotdash managing director Despina Macris(Brisbane). 

“As usual, we will have no shortage of design talent to inspire and incite us to make change through design,” says Clive Roux, SEGD CEO. The conference will be preceded June 3 by the one-day SEGD Academic & Research Summit.On Friday, June 5, SEGD’s industry partners—including fabricators, makers, and material and service providers—will be showcased at the all-day NEXPO. The conference will conclude Saturday, June 6, with the SEGD Global Design AwardsCelebration, announcing winners of SEGD’s annual competition recognizing excellence in experiential graphic design.

“Experience Chicago” will be headquartered at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, 301 East North Water St. 

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Poulin + Morris Creates EGD for Syracuse Law

Dineen Hall, Syracuse Univ. College of Law

Poulin + Morris (New York) designed environmental graphics for Dineen Hall, the new LEED Gold-certfied multi-use building at Syracuse University College of Law.

Since 1895, Syracuse University College of Law has offered its students a rigorous educational foundation for their careers. To meet the ever-evolving demands of a legal education and model a new-generation law school, the university opened Dineen Hall, a five-story, 200,000-sq.-ft., LEED Gold-certified building that contains classrooms, offices, a library, a ceremonial courtroom, casual gathering spaces, and a cafe. Developed by Gluckman Mayner Architects, the building features a masonry and glass exterior, an open architectural plan filled with natural light, collaborative work spaces, and a green roof, as well as state-of-the-art building technology.

P+M worked with the architects and the college to create a comprehensive environmental graphics, donor recognition, and wayfinding sign program for the building. Exterior identification and donor recognition consist of stainless steel letters spelling out Dineen Hall, as well as Carolyn and Robert Dineen—whose legacy and contributions made the new facility possible. Just below this, Syracuse University appears in the school’s signature orange, while College of Law appears in a complementary metallic grey.

Upon entering the building, visitors are greeted by a donor recognition wall composed of expansive wood panels. Donor names are featured in four sizes representing donor levels. In further honoring the Dineen family, the names of Carolyn and Robert’s 4 children (3 of whom also pursued careers in law and contributed to the Hall) are displayed above this wall. A brief history of the Dineen family, along with a portrait of Carolyn and Robert, is also displayed adjacent to the donor wall. Additional major donors are recognized in room dedications composed in translucent acrylic, dimensional letters. Base building panels consisting of painted photopolymer feature a recessed notch in which donor recognition information can be attached, creating a shape that reflects the building’s massing.

The environmental graphics component of the program includes a wall mural of Article III of the United States Constitution, the section that establishes the nation’s judicial branch, directly printed onto more than 100 wood panels in the school’s library. Printed in white, transparent ink, allowing the wood to be visible underneath, the text is an integral part of the building’s interior architecture.


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Matt Calkins Named One of 40 Under 40

Matt Calkins, Gensler

Gensler Senior Associate Matthew Calkinswas named one of design:retail's 40 Under 40 honorees for 2015. The retail designer leaders were named in design:retail's April/May 2015 issue. design:retail (formerly Display and Design Ideas) is also the presenter of GlobalShop.

Matt works in Gensler's Brand Design studio in New York. Previously a design assistant with Apple and an associate at the branding firm Lippincott, he is known at Gensler for his innovative thinking and clear vision that is able to win over skeptical colleagues and companies alike. His recent projects including the Harman flagship store in New York, a prototype retail center for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, and the Fred Segal's retail store in Los Angeles. His work has won numerous awards, including the Retail Design Institute’s Digital Integration Innovation award, the Contract Healthcare Environment Award, and HOW’s International Design award.

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Lawrence Sign Rehabs Iconic Pillsbury Sign

Pillsbury sign

Lawrence Sign (St. Paul, Minn.) recently completed restoration of the historic Pillsbury’s Best Flour sign located in the Saint Anthony Falls Historic District of Minneapolis.

The sign represents one of three national historic landmarks in Minneapolis. In 2014, Lawrence Sign was selected to rehabilitate the iconic rooftop sign. The project was a collaboration between Lawrence Sign and the City of Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission.

Dominium, the Plymouth, Minn.-based developer that has transformed the A-mill site into artist lofts, will re-light the refurbished sign this summer. 

The 30-foot sign has stood atop the Pillsbury “A” Mill Complex since about 1940, according to city records. It replaced a similar sign that stood since 1920, which featured a large flour bag. The sign remained lit until 2010.

Over the course of 75 years, the sign had deteriorated. Upon inspection and consultation with the Preservation Commission, Lawrence Sign determined that the letter faces and returns could be refurbished instead of replaced. Lawrence also replaced the nonfunctioning neon lighting system with LED lights intended to replicate the original look.

“The Pillsbury’s Best Flour sign is an important historical landmark in Minneapolis and it was a privilege to be trusted to restore and update it with the workmanship, quality, and beauty of the original sign,” said Robb Walker, president and CEO of Lawrence Sign and Nordquist Sign.

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Whybrow Designs Liverpool Philharmonic Wayfinding

London Philharmonic Wayfinding by Whybrow

Whybrown Wayfinding (London), working with architects Caruso St John and graphic designers Sara De Bondt studio, developed a new wayfinding scheme for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall has long been an acclaimed and integral part of the cultural life of Liverpool, as both a concert hall and cinema, hosting around 250 events each year. The venue was rebuilt following a major fire in the 1930s, and has since undergone refurbishment programs, the most recent of which was led by architects Caruso St John on the 1939 Grade II-listed concert hall, which marked its 75th anniversary in 2014.

Whybrow's wayfinding scheme was inspired by the concert hall's art deco architecture. New canopy lettering--set in Gill Sans--features exaggerated mirror-polished stainless steel returns. Interior wayfinding was applied in a simple, stripped-back style: silkscreen printed directly to walls and doors. The benefactors wall features more than 1,000 individually cut American White Oak discs carrying the names of various donors. The new "Music Room" building, located to the rear of the concert hall, will open in Autumn 2015. More on this project at Whybrow Wayfinding. 

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Rockwell Group Rocks 30

Rockwell Group Turns 30

Rockwell Group (New York) is marking its 30th anniversary this year, and to celebrate, the firm created a web-based interactive that traces the company's roots from theatrical set making to experience design and its work for some of the highest-profile restaurants, hospitality venues, and corporations in the world.

rockwellgroupat30.comtakes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of Rockwell Group, from its projects and theater sets to its office and inspirations. The interactive features original drawings by illustrator Damien Florébert Cuypers’ and links to video interviews with Rockwell Group collaborators and clients.

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Studio SC Turns 10

Studio SC team

Studio SC (Seattle) is celebrating 10 years of designing award-winning environmental graphics and wayfinding programs for its clients.

Founded in 2005 by Mark Sanders and Billy Chen, the creative team is based in the Pioneer Square neighborhood in Seattle. Their projects include the wayfinding graphics programs at Seattle Children’s Hospital, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Federal Center South headquarters, and Nintendo of America’s Redmond campus among others around the United States. Their work has been featured in Communication Arts, SEGD's eg magazine, HOW Design and Print magazine.

Currently, the collective of designers at Studio SC is working on environmental graphics for the Allen Institute for Brain Science headquarters, wayfinding graphics for Stanford University’s Redwood City campus, and Weyerhauser’s new headquarters in Seattle.

The Studio SC team includes (l-r) Billy Chen, Mark Sanders, Rosie Daniel, Cory Binau, Faith Berry, Christian Cabrera, and Haley Anderson.


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