Alexander Isley Work on Display at NC State

Alexander Isley Work on Display at NC State

The work of design studio Alexander Isley Inc. (Redding, Conn.) was featured in a recent exhibition at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on the campus of NC State University in Raleigh, N.C.

The studio's first all-digital installation, the show was up for several weeks and is now archived for on-demand display.

Alexander Isley, a graduate of NC State in environmental design, led his team in developing the donor signage, publications, and textile designs for the new building, and was asked to show the studio's work in the building's galleries.

The exhibit was presented on video panels, displayed as a series of 60 individual collages divided into 10 thematic sections. Content was drawn from items the firm donated to the NC State Libraries Special Collections archive. A separate gallery space was devoted to rotating series of Alex Isley'sbeliefs and life lessons. Some are serious and some are not. (Click here to see a full list.)

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LaForge Named MACtac President, Americas

Ed LaForge, president of MACtac, Americas

MACtac (Stow, Ohio) named Ed T. LaForge president of MACtac North and South America, effective November 10, 2014.  LaForge most recently served as the company's Americas Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and has spent 23 years at the company leading a variety of functions. LaForge succeeds Jim Peruzzi, who decided to pursue other interests after MACtac's successful divestiture from Bemis to Platinum Equity.

LaForge brings 23 years of pressure-sensitive industry experience and more than 15 years of senior leadership to the role. He has successfully led the transformation of multiple functional areas within the company including supply chain, operations, marketing, and sales. As president, he will report to Guido Alvino, president of MACtac Global.

"We are very pleased that Ed, a seasoned industry veteran, will lead MACtac forward in both North and South America," says Alvino. "His strong leadership, industry expertise, and operational and financial experience will be instrumental in driving continued growth for MACtac."

MACtac is a manufacturer and distributor of pressure-sensitive labels with manufacturing locations in North America and Europe and sales offices and distribution centers in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company's products are used in a wide range of industries including label printing, graphic design, packaging, digital imaging, retail display, fleet graphics, assembly engineering, automotive assembly, and medical device assembly. In 2014, MACtac's parent company Bemis reached an agreement to sell the pressure-sensitive materials business to Platinum Equity, a California-based private equity firm.


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SenovvA Opens San Francisco Office

SenovvA, a leading production, design, and management group with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto, is expanding its operations to include an office and warehouse in San Francisco. Along with its other offices, the new San Francisco location will provide services to the digital cinema, theatrical, broadcast, industrial/corporate, and architectural system design and installation sectors.

“We have quietly partnered for years with companies in the Bay Area that span all of our business sectors. We continue to expand our scope of services with tech giants like Google, YouTube, and Facebook, and we are pleased to make the Bay Area our newest home," says Curtis Kelly, SenovvA, Systems Group.

“There was a time when SenovvA’s broadcast clients were dealing with LA, our theater clients dealt with NY, and our systems design and integration clients worked with a team that was spread across the country. As SenovvA enters its second decade, we have partnerships from all our markets working with us from all our offices. This additional location gives us an even greater agility to serve all our partners,” adds SenovvA’s director of strategy, Arianna Knapp.

“This expansion further demonstrates our commitment to provide design and management for technology visionaries as well as theaters, corporate clients, and architects/builders,” says Kevin Lee Harvey, CEO of SenovvA. “We will have a top-notch Bay Area team including Bay Area natives Bill Sage (Account Executive Systems Design Group)  Scott Kellogg (Business Development), Fred Jacobo (Project Manager), as we open our doors April 15.”

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Harbinger CEO Invests in His City's Future

Harbinger CEO Steve Williams Invests in Jacksonvile

Steve Williams, CEO of Harbinger (Jacksonville, Fla.) has a grand vision for his hometown and he’s investing in making it a reality. Williams believes in the power of strategic private investment in some of the city’s best buildings--with a discerning eye for finding commercial tenants that can contribute to Jacksonville’s quality of life and become a community asset. And he's investing his own money to help make it happen.

A frequent visitor to Atlanta, Williams admires its vibrancy and culture and hopes to help create a unique Jacksonville version of that "special sauce." In Atlanta, he says, "We never thought, what could we do? What could we create? Where would we make art? Where can we go eat? The work was already done. Atlanta already has all of those options.” He believes Jacksonville has the same potential and wants to help make it the "21st century city of the South.”

His plan: to invest in beautiful, historic buildings in great neighborhoods that are floundering between blight and underinvestment. "I want to bring exciting local businesses in to breath new life into these rich spaces." His first investment is the Peterson’s Five & Dime in Riverside’s historic 5 Points neighborhood. Vacant for more than five years, the building was originally a J.W. Woolworth's store and operated for decades as a five-and-dime. Williams envisions a new concept restaurant with craft sodas, a bakery, and a beautifully curated boutique selling handcrafted items. But choosing the right concept for the store is critical to its success and the reinvigoration of the neighborhood, so Williams is soliciting and vetting a wide range of ideas for the space through 

Williams has also put another historic art deco building in downtown Jacksonville under contract. The Federal at 331 West Forsyth Street was built in 1941 and has housed a wide range of businesses, from the USO to jazz clubs. It too has stood empty for the past few years. 

These initial real estate investments are just the beginning of the renaissance Steve envisions for Jacksonville.

“I'm courting people with investment capital and ideas from other markets and we are looking at making smart investments in the breathtaking architecture and the mindblowing creative spirit of Jacksonville," he says. " I want to bring businesses here that don’t just provide jobs, they also improve our quality of life.”“I'm going to take great care in what businesses I invite to activate these spaces," says Williams. "I don’t want another half-hearted, well-intentioned but under-financed promise that customers feel like they have to support just because it’s local, even if the product and the experience is bad. I want a beautiful space that provides world-class products and services.”

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Olee Creative Launches New Film Line

OleeVue film

Olee Creative (Mishawaka, Ind.) has launched OleeVue, a line of translucent panels and films designed for healthcare, education, and corporate environments.

"OleeVue panels and films provide a beautiful and cost effective alternative to laminated glass and encapsulated resin panels," says Karen Barnett, president and CEO of Olee Creative. “OleeVue’s strengths are that it is permanent, but the films can be removed if necessary. They are easily cleaned, attractive and versatile, and affordable, which helps them to not be value-engineered out of a project.”

OleeVue panels and films are available in Monotones (monochromatic patterns) or Hues (color-infused patterns) and as ready-to-install panels or self-adhesive film products for maximum flexibility and adaptation to any space. Both pre-designed and custom products can be made to specification. Panels can be cut to shape or used in full sheets as divider panels, wall panels, or artwork. Film can be installed on pre-existing glass to enhance privacy. 

The new website includes a gallery of installations and design options. A mobile version of the site provides responsive information for smartphones, tablets, and other web devices.

Olee Creative, formed in 2008, is a division of Valley Screen Process, a family-owned graphics company established in 1967. 

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ZEBRADOG Promotes Chris Moore

Chris Moore, ZEBRADOG

ZEBRADOG (Madison, Wisc.) promoted Christopher Moore to vice president. Moore will lead ZEBRADOG’s project delivery teams in the deployment of the firm's signature dynamic design programs. He will maintain his role as new media director responsible for ZEBRADOG’s interactive exhibit development, technology strategy, and execution.

“Chris’s eight years with us have prepared him to take this critical step in further developing the strategic vision to strengthen our position as an industry leader. His track record for leading large-scale initiatives and driving innovation will continue to allow us to push the limits of Dynamic Storytelling,” said Mark Schmitz, ZEBRADOG principal owner and creative director. 

Moore brings more than 15 years of experience in development of environmental branding programs and has a diverse background of technical coordination with focus on interactive and multimedia design within the built environment. He manages large-scale ZD projects around the world and directs the ZD Interactive Media Team to deploy a wide variety of transformational media exhibits. He has led award-winning ZEBRADOG project teams in the delivery of impactful private and public exhibit spaces including The Bemis Innovation Center, Lambeau Field, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Northwestern University, Aurora Healthcare, Aramco, and Madison College. He received his bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

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Tali Krakowsky Joins Prophet

Tali Krakowsky Joins Prophet

Brand and strategy consultancy Prophet(New York) announced that Tali Krakowsky has joined the firm’s New York office as a partner in the design practice.

“We are very pleased to welcome Tali to the team. She has unique abilities that will immediately contribute to the ongoing evolution of our creative work to be more ‘digital-first,’” says Peter Dixon, chief creative officer. “She is one of the smartest designers I’ve ever met, and one of the strongest strategic thinkers about the role of experience in influencing perceptions and behaviors.”

For more than 15 years, Krakowsky has been dedicated to developing design strategies and immersive customer experiences for companies like Chanel, Google, Sephora, and Victoria’s Secret, integrating new media, storytelling and space. Prior to joining Prophet, she was the founder and creative director at Apologue, an experience design studio. Earlier, she was the director of experience design at Imaginary Forces. In the course of her career, she has worked with global clients such as Bloomingdale's, BMW, Citibank, Columbia Doctors, HBO, Jose Cuervo, Lexus, MAC, MoMA NYC, PNC, Qualcomm, and Timberland.

"It is a thrilling time to join this team of forward-thinkers and creators at Prophet,” says Krakowsky. “As digital media currents are increasingly running through every brand across every touchpoint, there is no more exciting time to integrate intelligence, innovation, and creativity to deliver a new generation of thinking and design. The powerful mix of strategy and analytics excellence, processed through innovation and strategic-led design, promises to create solutions for a new world in a new way that is powerful, emotional, profitable and beautiful."

At Prophet, Krakowsky will continue to develop new and innovative approaches to integrating a digital pulse into brands and finding unique ways to help clients grow. “Her role for the firm–and in the work–will help make stronger connections between strategic ideas and human experiences, between brand concepts and brand content,” added Dixon.

Krakowsky holds a BFA in communication design from the Parsons School of Design and a master of arts from UCLA’s School of Architecture.

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Carrillo Promoted at Poulin + Morris

Andreina Carrillo

Poulin + Morris (New York) promoted Andreina Carrillo to an associate of the firm.

Andreina joined P+M in 2010 as a staff designer and was promoted to senior designer in 2013. As an associate, Andreina is responsible for project direction, design, management, and coordination. She is currently directing the development of environmental graphics, donor recognition, and wayfinding sign programs for cultural and educational institutions including Arizona State University, Gibney Dance, New York Historical Society, and The Frick Collection; and branding, environmental graphics, and wayfinding sign programs for 55 Hudson Yards, 280 Park Avenue, and 230 Peachtree Center. Her work has been recognized by AIGA and SEGD and has appeared in eg magazine, Graphis, and Novum World of Graphic Design. She is a member of AIGA and SEGD. Andreina graduated with honors from the School of Visual Arts (New York) with a BFA in graphic design.

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Younts and Trademark Team Up for the Dodgers

Dodgers Spring Training Facility

Younts Design (Baltimore) and Trademark Visual(Phoenix) teamed up to bring a little of Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium to the Dodgers' Training Camp in Glendale, Ariz. The team asked Younts Design to translate the look and feel they created for the stadium to Camelback Ranch, the team's spring training facility since 2009.

Younts created signage and wayfinding as well as a series of placemaking elements around the campus. Even the Tommy LaSorda Bobblehead made the trip from Dodger Stadium to welcome visitors to Camelback Ranch. Trademark Visual was the fabricator and installer for the project. For the full case study, see the Younts Designwebsite.

Younts and Trademark also worked together with the Chicago Cubs to help integrate a new naming partner as well as a new round of experiential graphics into their spring training facility in Mesa, Ariz. This year, the stadium opens as Sloan Park, home of the Chicago Cubs.


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