Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders

Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders Course

AIGA's “career-changing” executive education program with the Yale School of Management returns this summer! “Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders” is a uniquely designed program taught by faculty regarded as some of the world’s most experience business scholars. The finely-tuned curriculum that features a strategic mix of case studies, lectures, group work, and team building exercises. Find out why graduates of the program consistently rank it as one of the most valuable experiences of their career.  

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Harbinger Designs for Dogs

Harbinger Dog Park Proposal

Harbinger Innovation Group (hi.) (Jacksonville, Fla.) was invited to put together a proposal for the new John Gorrie Dog Park being developed by Riverside Avondale Preservation for Jacksonville’s most densely populated historic neighborhood. Riverside is known for its beautiful Victorian homes, live oaks, and terrific parks. 

hi. put together a complete experience design and branded environments package for the park, including signage, memorial opportunities, and sculptural elements. hi. even innovated the graphic environments surrounding the park to bring life and attention to the new feature. The package includes a sculptural monument sign to make the dog park entrance visible from within the sprawling Riverside Park. hi. also created a comprehensive set of brand elements, including hip geometric icons, as well as graphic standards to keep the identity consistent and recognizable.

In addition to designing the signage and wayfinding elements, hi. proposed some opportunities to engage the community at a deeper level. Their suggestions included designating the neighboring underpass wall as an opportunity for co-creation with local artists to create a public art experience in tandem with the dog park project. For night-time walkers, the team suggested a simple projection solution that would display playful shadow-puppet imagery on the underpass, making it more welcoming at night. 


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Gemini Launches Factory-Direct Substrate Subsidiary

Gemini Duets Direct

Gemini launched a new subsidiary, Duets Direct, which offers premium engraving, ADA, and architectural sign substrates direct from the factory.

Products include DuetsTactiles™ for ADA and appliqué applications, Laser and Laser XT for indoor and outdoor laser and rotary engraving applications, Laser XT Reverse for outdoor or indoor reverse laser and rotary engraving applications, DuetsContours™ 0.20” gauge for flexible substrate engraving applications, and Rotary for indoor rotary engraving applications.

The substrates are manufactured in Gemini’s state-of-the-art cleanroom facility, says Gary Harder, Director of Duets by Gemini. “Our Minnesota-based manufacturing facility utilizes the latest equipment and technology within a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment. By eliminating the distribution middleman, Duets Direct offers immediate, responsive customer service and ensures only the highest-quality product leaves our facility.”

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NanoLumens Displays at TD Garden

NanoLumens Displays at Boston Garden

NanoLumens announced that 40 of its NanoSlim™ LED displays have been installed at Boston's TD Garden arena, with more to come, as part of a two-year comprehensive arena-wide renovation project.

The TD Garden project is the world’s first large-scale installation of NanoLumens' next-generation NanoLumens Transparent Visualization displays. On display in Legends, TD Garden’s newly renovated and largest restaurant, the new NanoLumens Transparent Visualization display utilizes state-of-the-art nano-optical particle diffusion, which creates the illusion that objects are floating seamlessly in space. The NanoLumens Transparent Visualization displays are part of a growing line of large-scale visualization solutions being developed by the indoor LED manufacturer.

The NanoLumens displays were installed at TD Garden by HB Communications, the North Haven, Conn.-based audio/visual systems integrator that prides itself on creating human connections in a virtual world.  “Our partnership with NanoLumens allowed us to think very strategically and very creatively to develop a complete visualization solution that would redefine the fan experience at TD Garden,” explained HB Communications CEO Dana Barron. “NanoLumens’s has long offered customers the most selection of display options in any size, shape, or curvature, but the commercialization of its transparent visualization technology takes the company to a whole new level.”


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Daktronics Featured in CBS Segment

Jacksonville Jaguars display by Daktronics

Daktronics (Brookings, S.D.) was featured in a recent segment on CBS News Sunday Morning.

The segment aired on Feb. 1. Last November, CBS national correspondent Lee Cowan and a film crew spent three days in Brookings filming the story of Daktronics and its race to build the biggest and most vivid video displays in football. 

The Daktronics segment is focused on co-founders Al Kurtenbach and Duane Sander, two South Dakota State University engineering professors hoping to give their students a place to work close to home, and how the company they started in 1968 has been building video displays for professional football since the 1990s. That's when the company, which once made high school wrestling scoreboards, entered what's become an arms race to build the biggest and most vivid video displays in football. Daktronics scoreboards can be found in many professional stadiums, including the home of the largest video scoreboard in the world at the Jacksonville Jaguars' EverBank Field (pictured).

"The recognition from the CBS Sunday Morning broadcast and The New York Times article last summer is a result of great effort by Daktronics employees over the past decades and is to be treasured by all employees," said co-founder Kurtenbach. "Moreover, it creates an opportunity for us to build on and create growth into the future."

The episode is available for viewing here.

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Hunt Designs Emerson Signage

The Emerson signage by Hunt Design

Hunt Design (Pasadena, Calif.) completed signage and graphics for Related Company’s 271-unit apartment tower, The Emerson, in Downtown Los Angeles.

The building-wide sign program was created in a design/build process with WeidnerCA. The building, designed by Miami-based architects Arquitectonica, is the latest addition to Grand Avenue's collection of world-class architecture that includes Disney Hall, MOCA, and the soon-to-open museum, The Broad. Hunt Design developed interior signage to integrate with interiors by Marmol Radziner + Associates and building signage complements Arquitectonica's design. Hunt Design is also working on signage for two other state-of-the-art apartment projects in Los Angeles' South Park district and another residential building in Pasadena.


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BHDP Wins Retail Awards

BHDP Brothers Marketplace

BHDP Architecture(Cincinnati) won three awards in the Retail Design Institute's 2015 International Store Design Awards.

Brothers Marketplace in Medfield, Mass., won first place for Specialty Gourmet Grocer and an Innovation Award for Wayfinding, Signage and Environmental Graphics, while the store windows at Lord & Taylor in Albany, N.Y., earned BHDP an Innovation Award Merit.

“We’re thrilled with the recognition that our Retail Team received under the guidance and leadership of Andew McQuilkin, our retail market leader,” said Mike Habel, CEO of BHDP Architecture. “To have Andrew’s and the team’s work for national retailers receive three significant awards from the RDI is a considerable achievement for a high-growth business segment at BHDP.”

The 2015 International Store Design Awards recognized more than 200 of the world’s best design talent, retailers, editors, and vendors for the top store designs of 2014. 

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Planar Launches Transparent OLED

Planar Transparent OLED

Display and digital signage company Planar is introducing new transparent OLED technology this month at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2015.

The 55-in. prototype display at ISE 2015 utilizes breakthrough Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology to improve the transparency of see-through displays, creating new opportunities for experience design while overcoming a major hurdle to transparent display adoption, says the company. OLED displays are self-emitting, eliminating the need for a backlight or enclosure. 

“The vision of transparent displays, popularized for decades in science fiction movies and television shows, is now nearing reality,” says Jennifer Davis, Planar vice president of marketing. “This technology is poised to revolutionize space design, customer engagement, and the digital display of information and branding for decades to come, and we are proud to be a pioneer in this next wave of transparent display development.” Planar introduced its first transparent display in 1999.

Transparent displays allow users to view what is shown on a glass video screen while still being able to see through it, enabling them, for example, to overlay digital images onto real objects that sit behind the glass. Based on continued customer feedback and further technology development, Planar anticipates adding transparent OLED technology as a product offering in early 2016, paving the way toward broad market adoption.

Transparent OLED is ideal for a broad range of applications including retail, museum, and corporate settings. Retailers can install these displays in front of actual products to provide digital information about their merchandise, creating augmented reality experiences. Museums can use them to encourage patrons to interact with exhibits by displaying artifacts overlaid with text, images, or video content designed to educate and inspire. Companies can incorporate them into lobbies, cafeterias, and conference rooms as a dynamic way to present information to employees and customers while maintaining an interior design aesthetic of modern transparency. Planar’s transparent OLED will allow designers to activate glass surfaces that are incorporated into these spaces, such as interior windows, room dividers, and partitions.

“We're excited to see the new types of experiences we can create with transparent OLED, "says Thomas Wester, technology director of Second Story, which is part of the storytelling agency SapientNitro. “It represents an exciting new canvas to paint on, and we are proud to be developing one of the first public experiences to demonstrate this technology. Planar is a leader when it comes to innovation in transparent displays and this latest OLED technology demonstration showcases their ongoing commitment to pushing boundaries. With them, we want to encourage the industry and our clients to envision how they might achieve more compelling customer experiences.”

Transparent OLED offers brilliant picture quality, exceptional contrast, and wide viewing angles. Because the OLEDs themselves emit light, viewing angles are very broad and color performance is exceptional, leading to vivid, eye-catching installations. Moreover, because only those pixels that display content are turned on, a transparent OLED showing video will exhibit better contrast and energy efficiency than traditional displays, according to Planar.

 Planar’s transparent OLED technology will be demonstrated February 10-12 at ISE 2015 in Amsterdam, and will also be on display March 10-11 at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) 2015 in Las Vegas. 

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CREO Creates Topshop Signage

CRĒO Industrial Arts (Woodinville, Wash.) worked with Topshop Topman parent company Arcadia Group and design firm Gensler to produce a sleek, stylish signage and graphics package for Topshop's new flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

"From the start, Topshop Topman was a large-scale and high-demand retail store project, which not only required a sign fabrication company that could produce our unique signage design but would also guarantee an effortless work flow through meticulous communication," says Mia Park, Gensler associate on the project. "CREO proved to be a great and dedicated collaborator that delivered on all of these fronts, meeting Gensler's expectation to its highest level.”



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Holmes Wood Designs easyJet Livery

easyJet Livery by Holmes Wood

Holmes Wood (London) designed the new aircraft livery for easyJet, the UK’s largest airline. It is the first change to the look of the airline’s iconic white and orange fleet since replaced the call center number on the fuselage in 1998.

Holmes Wood made two primary design changes. First, easyJet's trademark orange has been extended from the tail fin on to the fuselage to create a larger space for the easyJet logo, which is 20% bigger than before. Second, an orange stripe reflecting the design language of easyJet's advertising has added to the fuselage. This enables the easyJet logo to be reversed out of that color, in accordance with brand guidelines, and gives the plane a sleek, more modern look.‎ 

The airline currently has a fleet of 226 aircraft. The new livery will appear on all new easyJet aircraft deliveries from April 2016. In addition, younger planes in easyJet's fleet will have the new livery applied when they ‎are scheduled for repainting, typically every six years. This means 29 aircraft will be flying with the new look by the end of 2015 and 50% of the fleet will sport the new livery by the end of 2017. Painting each aircraft takes a specialist team seven days, says Holmes Wood. easyJet captured the painting of the plane’s new livery in this timelapse video.

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