Poulin + Morris Develops EGD for Princeton

Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Peretsman Scully Hall

Poulin + Morris (New York) developed the environmental graphics for Princeton University's recently inaugurated Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology complex.

The 248,000-sq.-ft., two-building complex, designed by Rafael Moneo to LEED Silver standards, houses the university's Neuroscience Institute and Peretsman Scully Hall, centralizing resources for studying neural and behavioral sciences and offering state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities.

Poulin + Morris’ EGD program features carved marble inlaid into the glass facade of the two buildings,  reflecting the complex’s exterior custom-made ribbed-glass panels. Interior identification sign panels displaying information in stainless steel letters allow light to pass through them, creating subtle shadows. Vibrant red walls displaying the Princeton shield and donor recognition add a bold graphic element to an otherwise minimalist environment.

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22Miles Adds DIY Wayfinding Module

22Miles Waytouch module for Publisher Pro

22Miles Digital Signage & Wayfinding(Milpitas, Calif.) introduced Waytouch Premier™, a 3D mapping tool that allows you to quickly turn any touchscreen display or kiosk into an interactive wayfinding solution.

The module (within Publisher Pro) can turn any CAD drawing, 2D image or Photoshop or Illustrator file into a Pinch & Zoom, 3D mapping solution, says the company. The 22Miles module features include animated turn-by-turn directions, 3D walking directions, top-view and multiple floor directions, and an algorithm that auto-generates directions based on shortest path and ease of accessibility. It also allows customization of interactive keyboards to match brand colors for easy final destination searching. A mobile map export tool synchronizes the latest map to mobile devices with one click.


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Bunting Adds New Paint Line

Bunting Adds New Kynar coating line

Bunting Graphics Inc.(Verona, Penn.) has added a new liquid Kynar coating line that allows the finishing of large prefabricated products and unitized panel systems instead of single parts or extrusions, significantly increasing throughput in the painting operation.

The new Bunting system can coat parts up to 6 ft. wide by 9 ft. high by 30-ft. long with a maximum weight of 2,400 pounds. The line, located at Bunting's main manufacturing facility, consists of 300 ft. of overhead conveyor, a series of advanced paint booths, and the largest cure oven in North America, says Josh Bunting, president.

Painting operations are typically bottle necks for fabricators, explains Bunting. The number of pieces coated per day depends on the size and shape of the parts as well as the workload. Bunting's new line significantly speeds part throughput. “A good example would be 4- by 8-ft. sign cabinets. With the new paint line, we can coat 600 per eight-hour shift. This example equates to around 300 gallons of paint and primer per shift,” says Ralph Stehle, senior project planner at Bunting. The Bunting line permits operation at set temperatures and speeds that will not deform large prefabricated assemblies or full-size sheet goods. Many commercially available paint lines operate at higher temperatures, causing the prefabricated parts to deform and welds to fail, creating costly rework and schedule delays.

Bunting’s new capability has opened up new opportunities as the company now sells its excess paint capacity via toll coating services to glass and glazing contractors, metal panel fabricators and perforated sheet suppliers. The company also offers a full menu of fabrication services including laser cutting, welding, perforating and routing.  


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2016 SEGD Global Design Awards Open for Entries

Recognizing excellence in Experiential Graphic Design

WASHINGTON, DC (November 19, 2015)  – The 2016 SEGD Global Design Awards,the only international awards program focused on user experiences in the built environment, opened for entries today. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2016.

Since 1987, the SEGD Global Design Awards have set the standard of excellence for Environmental Graphic Design and Experiential Graphic Design—honoring design work that connects people to place by providing direction, content, and compelling experiences in public spaces.

Past winners have ranged from interactive multimedia environments to complex hospital wayfinding systems and from branded corporate workplaces to museum exhibitions. Retail and interior projects, architectural signing, public art, design research, and books have also won awards in the program.

“The sheer diversity of the winning projects highlights the broad reach of Experiential Graphic Design and its power to improve the quality of life where we work, play, learn, shop, and gather,” says Clive Roux, CEO of SEGD. “Experiential Graphic Design makes life better by creating memorable, user-centered experiences.”

The program encompasses seven categories that reflect the core practice areas of XGD:

• Digital Experience Content
• Exhibition
• Interactive Experience
• Placemaking and Identity
• Public Installation
• Strategy/Research/Planning
• Wayfinding

Honor and Merit awards will be named in each of the categories and a Best in Show Award will also be selected. Examples of these categories and winning projects in each can be found in the SEGD Global Design Awards archive. 

Best in Show awards in 2014 and 2015 went to the architecturally integrated mediascape at Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) Tom Bradley International Terminaland event graphics for the Platform Summit tech conference.

A multi-disciplinary jury representing practitioners from a diversity of design disciplines, as well as clients, users, and students, will evaluate the submissions and select winning projects based on their effectiveness in connecting people to place, creating a unique and memorable user experience, and solving the client’s objectives and design challenge.

The deadline for submissions to the awards program is January 31, 2016, via SEGD’s online entry system. Submissions will be accepted with late fees through Feb. 14, 2016. Winners will be honored during the 2016 SEGD Conference June 9-11 in Seattle,as well as on and in SEGD’s award-winning magazine and other media outlets. Submission guidelines are downloadable on the 2016 Awards page.Past Global Design Award winners are featured in SEGD’s extensive awards gallery.

3M is the Presenting Sponsor of the 2016 SEGD Global Design Awards.

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Shikatani Lacroix Designs the Customer FLOW

Shikatani Lacroix Designs the Customer FLOW

Shikatani Lacroix (Toronto) worked with Cable & Wireless Communications to reinvent its consumer-facing retail brand FLOW.

CWC is a full-service telecommunications provider operating in 16 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. The design of the new flagship stores introduces an entirely new retail experience, featuring state-of-the-art technology, high-end fixtures, and upscale finishes. Shikatani Lacroix improved customer service and increased sales by seamlessly integrating digital experiences into the customer journey.

Shikatani Lacroix's challenge was to design an in-store experience that allowed customers to shop the way they desired, guided or self-directed, in a retail environment that delivered tiered service and privacy. The new retail design had to entertain and engage customers while addressing security measures and long queues. Customer service was improved by providing the ability to reserve a spot online and pay bills at a kiosk within the store, rather than at a teller.

The flagship store opened in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in October 2015, and its design will be replicated across the Caribbean. For more detail, visit the Shikatani Lacroix website.

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PUBLIC Honored for Soccer Ball Field House

Newton Field House designed by PUBLIC

PUBLIC Architecture + Communication (Vancouver) was recognized by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia for its soccer ball-inspired design of the Newton Field House in Surrey, BC.

The design—informed by Buckminster Fuller’s soccer ball, also known as the Buckyball—was one of 12 award recipients honored at the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference. It was the second honor for PUBLIC this year; the design firm was also awarded the Prix De Rome in Architecture in September.

“PUBLIC is excited to win this award, and we’d like to thank AIBC for recognizing our work. This award reaffirms the importance of considering design’s impact on public spaces,” says Brian Wakelin, principal architect of PUBLIC.

The 100m2 field house, which contains bathroom facilities and a mechanical room for a new waterpark, was built to visually complement the new waterpark and a large-scale destination playground.

Unraveling a Buckminster Fuller "Buckyball" reveals a compelling material and structural logic: its stitched arrangement of synthetic pentagons and hexagons approximates a sphere with flat surfaces, held in tension when the ball is inflated. PUBLIC designed the building’s walls to bend in a similar fashion, folding upon themselves to create a flowing curvature. The overlapping folds of a soccer ball are also a nod to the Field House surroundings: the building contains washrooms and irrigation infrastructure for one of Surrey’s largest outdoor soccer parks. The circular shape offers the benefit of increasing the feeling of safety for park patrons, as the curving walls guide visitors into the building without creating corners and hiding spaces. The walls are one continuous surface made of several flat surfaces, just like the Buckyball.

The Field House in Newton Athletic Park is one of several projects recently completed by PUBLIC that injects beauty into some of the more banal experiences of everyday life. The project also reflects the ethos of PUBLIC’s mission, which is to provide interesting and enjoyable public spaces that create a sense of place and community.

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Planar Sponsors OLED Transparent Display Design Competition

Planar OLED Transparent Display

Planar Systems Inc. (Beaverton, Ore.) is sponsoring the first-ever design competition focused on OLED transparent display technology. Co-sponsored by SEGD and the Digital Signage Expo, it was created to stimulate innovative uses of the breakthrough display technology. The deadline for submittals is January 8, 2016.

The Clear Concept Awards competition is designed to encourage inspiring new applications for see-through installations. The grand prize winner will receive an expenses-paid trip for two to Las Vegas to attend DSE 2016, and will be honored with an award and participation in a panel luncheon celebrating the award-winning work. The winner will also will receive a Planar® LookThru™ OLED transparent display for his or her own studio or showroom use.

The design contest comes as Planar Systems debuts its Planar LookThru OLED transparent display, a breakthrough product that creates a new category for see-through displays. The first-of-its-kind, 55-in. transparent display utilizes cutting-edge organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology, overcoming one of the major hurdles to transparent LCD display adoption by making it possible to create truly see-through installations unobstructed by backlights or enclosures.

“Transparent displays have captured the imagination of filmmakers, futurists, and designers for decades,” says Jennifer Davis, Planar Systems’ vice president of marketing and product strategy. “This design competition celebrates that ingenuity and provides opportunities for professionals and students alike to imagine new applications for transparent displays, expressing themselves in activated glass.”

Entrants to the Clear Concept Awards must submit a sketch or rendering that demonstrates a specific use of an OLED transparent display that is both technically feasible and illustrates creative innovation. Submissions must also include a sketch or sample of the on-screen content and user experience. The contest is open to all U.S. residents excluding employees of Planar Systems, SEGD, and DSE.

The deadline for submissions is January 8, 2016. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges including:

• Nathan Moody, Design Director at Stimulant
• Christopher Hall, Editor of Digital Signage Today
• Brian James, Design Director at Downstream
• Anthony Vitagliano, Director of Experience Design at Digital Kitchen
• Dan Moalli, Senior Vice President at Technomedia
• Robert Pinon, Vice President at MHTN Architects

Winners will be announced on March 16, 2016, at the Digital Signage Expo APEX Awards Reception in Las Vegas, with all finalists and honorable mentions featured on the Planar Systems website.

Already, the design community is embracing the Planar LookThru OLED transparent display, planning never-before-possible applications that appeal to customers across a broad range of industries.

“Transparent displays hold exciting promise for the experience design community,” says Darren David, founder and CEO of Stimulant, the San Francisco-based interactive and design development studio. “Our clients are looking to push the envelope of technology, and this new transparent OLED offering from Planar suits many of these projects. The Planar LookThru OLED transparent display offers a truly unique visual presentation that lets us create highly differentiated and standout experiences for our clients.”

Complete information about the Clear Concept Awards competition is available on Planar's website.Watch a video to learn more about the new display.

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Planar Launches Transparent OLED Display

Planar LookThru Transparent OLED Display

Planar Systems (Beaverton, Ore.) debuted its Planar® LookThru™ OLED transparent display, a breakthrough product that creates a new category for see-through displays, at Xlab 2015 Nov. 5 in New York City.

The display utilizes cutting-edge organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology to eliminate the need for a backlight or enclosure. Transparent OLED technology overcomes one of the major hurdles to transparent LCD display adoption by making it possible to create truly see-through installations unobstructed by enclosures that sit behind the displays.

“Planar’s transparent OLED offering creates new applications for display experiences never before possible,” says Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing and product strategy at Planar Systems. “This revolutionary product provides new surfaces for storytelling and allows for a futuristic and modern aesthetic that has appeal across industries and applications.”

The Planar LookThru OLED transparent display allows users to view video content, digital images, and text on a virtually frameless glass display while enabling designers to overlay this content onto real objects or scenes that sit behind the glass.

Known a pioneer in the digital display industry, Planar was the first company to showcase a transparent OLED technology display demonstrator in February 2015 at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), where the display received industry attention and earned a rAVe Best of ISE 2015 Award for “Best Overall New Product.”

The 55-in. Planar LookThru OLED transparent display is self-emissive and offers brilliant picture quality, exceptional contrast, and wide viewing angles, says Planar. When paired with a Planar image processing solution, the display can be tiled to create large, high-impact video wall installations.

The display is designed for a broad range of applications, including retail, corporate, and museum settings. It can be integrated into any environment in which glass is used including room dividers, conference rooms, counters, museum exhibits, retail fixtures, and ticket booths.

“The advancements in flat panel displays have allowed us to bring in digital content as active architectural surfaces in the environments we design,” notes Alan Robles, associate and experience designer in the Retail Studio with the global architectural firm Gensler.

He continues, “Transparent OLED represents the opportunity to further extend those interactive surfaces into more enveloping interactions where we can put our user in the midst of the content, and the content becomes a transparent layer of their experience. This technology could revolutionize the retail environment by taking traditional components such as fitting rooms and product interaction displays to their next evolution.”

The Planar LookThru OLED transparent display offers the following benefits:

Truly see-through installations: Unlike projection films and other competitive display offerings, the Planar LookThru OLED is a self-emitting display that requires no backlight or box behind the display, making it possible to create truly see-through installations. It offers a virtually frameless screen with 45% light transmissivity, creating clear, unobstructed views of objects, scenes, or other digital screens behind the transparent display.

Flexible design options: It is available in two mechanical configurations: table-top/ceiling-mounted or flush-mounted installations. It can be used in both portrait and landscape mode and can be tiled to create large, eye-catching video wall arrays.

Touch interactivity: The Planar LookThru OLED is available with optional touch screen interactivity offering 32 simultaneous touch points. Both models are available with optional touch technology and use the latest touch sensors tested and proven to perform in today’s most demanding environments.

Brilliant picture quality in a large viewing size: The Planar LookThru OLED transparent display measures 55 inches diagonally and offers bright, vibrant colors greater than 100 percent National Television System Committee (NTSC) performance as well as wide viewing angles with no off-axis contrast or brightness limitations. The display provides Full HD resolution that allows for beautiful graphics and full-motion video.

High durability: The Planar LookThru OLED transparent display features proprietary Planar® Extended Ruggedness and Optics™ (ERO™) technology, which uses a damage-resistant optically clear Corning® Gorilla® Glass bonded to the front surface of the display. This high-durability surface can withstand the rigors of high-traffic environments and interactive touch. The combination of Planar ERO technology and Corning Gorilla Glass improves perceived contrast by more than 300 percent when compared to traditional large format cover glass, making the display more readable and impactful even in bright public venues.  

Source compatibility: The Planar LookThru OLED display comes with standard digital inputs including HDMI and DisplayPort, is fully controllable using RS-232, LAN, Crestron and other control systems, and is compatible with sources ranging from PCs and players to consumer video devices that rely on High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) compliance. The display is compatible with processing solutions from Planar including the Clarity® Visual Control Station™ (VCS™) for tiling applications or advanced source management.

After introducing the display at Xlab Nov. 5, Planar will show it at InfoComm Connections New York on Nov. 11-12. The new display will be available in February 2016 through Planar’s global network of authorized resellers, who are currently accepting pre-orders. Watch a video to learn more about the Planar LookThru OLED transparent display or visit

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Alexander Isley Refreshes Farm Center Identity

Alexander Isley Inc. (Redding, Conn.) refreshed the visual identity it originally created for Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture when it was founded in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., in 2004.

Located about 25 miles from New York City, the 80-acre center was founded with a mission to create a healthy and sustainable food system that benefits us all. It operates  a highly diversified, four-season farm and an education center that hosts more than 100,000 visitors each year. It's also home to Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a groundbreaking restaurant featuring dishes that incorporate harvest from the farm and provisions from local growers.

In 2004, Alexander Isley worked with the center's architects, planners, farmers, cooks, and educators to create a comprehensive identity, communication, signage, education, and outreach program that has served as the foundation for all their ongoing communication efforts. Over the years, the designers have continued to work with the farm and restaurant on selected projects. During this time, the center has assumed a national leadership role in establishing policy for sustainable food initiatives and, on its 10th anniversary, Alexander Isley was asked to refresh the brand identity--maintaining the overall spirit of the original but adjusting the look to reflect the leadership role.

The updated visual program includes an expanded set of typographic standards, a new color palette, modified visual  formats, and an updated logo system that built on Isley's previous work. One of the first initiatives incorporating the new visual system was Stone Barns' 2014 annual report. In keeping with the center's sustainability mission, it was developed as a web-based document, and features an engaging overview of the year's activities, programs, and accomplishments. You can see the full case studyon Alexander Isley's website and the new annual report here.

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Digital Signage Expo 2016

DSE 2016 Logo

DSE 2016 — The world's largest tradeshow of digital display and interactive technologies.

Digital Signage Expo (DSE), held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV, USA, March 15-18, is the world’s largest and longest running conference and trade show exclusively dedicated to showcasing innovative digital communications and interactive technology solutions for customer- and employee-facing organizations. Launched in 2004, DSE was the first event dedicated to the digital signage market and has been a significant contributor to the growth of this fast-paced industry. Professional end user attendance represents decision-makers from key industry categories such as retail, restaurant, healthcare, education, hospitality and transportation, as well as other key stakeholders, including advertising executives, brand marketers and systems integrators.

Over 200 exhibitors feature technology and services including hardware, software, network, delivery and content from around the globe. DSE also offers the largest and most diversified digital signage and digital out-of-home educational program anywhere in the world, with more than 125 educators and the largest variety of educational opportunities, including a live installation tour and structured curriculum leading to professional re-certification in seven educational tracks. The 2016 program will be comprised of pre- and post-show educational events, general conference seminars, as well as targeted Industry Roundtable Discussion Groups and free presentations staged in on-floor theaters.

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