Thomas and Bernhardt Join Jones Worley

Alejandra Thomas, Jones Worley

Jones Worley (Atlanta) has added Alejandra Thomas and Lynne Bernhardt to its environmental graphic design team.

Alejandra Thomas is Jones Worley's new Vice President of Environmental Graphic Design. With more than 10 years' experience, she will lead the firm's EGD, wayfinding and sign studio. Before joining Jones Worley, Thomas collaborated with architectural groups on projects for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Alejandra has led teams on comprehensive wayfinding and sign design initiatives in transportation, commercial development and parking services in Georgia and across the country.

Lynne Bernhardt has more than 20 years' experience in environmental graphic design, specializing in sign system design, wayfinding and master planning. She has managed and designed systems for a wide variety of industries including education, retail, recreation, medical, transportation, sports and commercial. Her responsibilities at Jones Worley include planning, design, bid analysis, construction administration and project management. Lynne is also Co-Chair of SEGD's Atlanta chapter.

Lynne Bernhardt, Jones Worley


PhilaU Opens Surface Imaging Enrollment

Philadelphia University Masters in Surface Imaging Program

Philadelphia University's MS in Surface Imaging program is accepting new degree candidates starting summer 2016.

The Surface Imaging program at Philadelphia University is a unique graduate program utilizing a variety of state-of-the-art digital printing technologies at the Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging. By applying painting, drawing, photography and printmaking to advanced design studios and printing practices, students will produce complex, unique and relevant surface-image projects through fabrication printing, including additive material deposition and subtraction-printing technologies.

The program is part of the Philadelphia University Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce. The curriculum includes courses in surface imaging design, printing technology and material and polymer science, as well as entrepreneurship and business plan creation, to integrate design, applied engineering and business for the growing digital printing industry.

Students in the program will gain professional experience through research-based projects with industry partners that stress critical thinking and problem-solving skills through teamwork and collaboration. They will gain extensive experience working on interdisciplinary projects using advanced technology and design solutions. Students also will have access to the Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging, which has been supported by international imaging industries, including printer manufacturers, ink formulators and software developers.

This one-year program will start in summer semester of May 2016, and successful students can graduate the following summer, 2017. While the university has a rolling enrollment system, its preferred deadline for applications is March 1, 2016.

For more information, visit the university's website.  If you have any questions, contact Hitoshi Ujiie or the Philadelphia University Office of Graduate Admissions.

Photo: Philadelphia University


Whitehouse Joins Two Twelve Team

Ben Whitehouse, Two Twelve

Two Twelve (New York) added Ben Whitehouse to its staff as Associate Creative Director and promoted Sharmi Patel from senior designer to Associate Creative Director.

Whitehouse joins the Two Twelve team from Whitehouse & Company, and brings a wealth of experience in graphic design, including branding, print, environmental graphic design and new media. His skills as a designer are matched by his ability to lead and manage a project effectively. Working on Creative Director Jonathan Posnett’s team, he'll will be adding his unique perspective to projects such as the University of Connecticut, Newark Airport and Alexander Court, a trophy-class office building in the heart of Washington, D.C. Whitehouse is also a Co-Chair of the SEGD New York chapter.

Sharmi Patel, in her previous role as a Senior Designer on Creative Director Anna Sharp’s team, immersed herself in a variety of complex projects, ranging from major healthcare institutions like The Queen’s Medical Center in Hawai‘i to urban wayfinding projects such as the City of Provo, Utah. Her depth of experience and dedication to client needs allow her to easily step into her new role as Associate Creative Director and continue her tremendous efforts at Two Twelve.

Sharmi Patel, Two Twelve

"The Associate Creative Director role will create a powerful new dynamic that allows Two Twelve teams to adapt to the needs of any given project and provide our clients with expert attention on a variety of fronts," says Principal Ann Harakawa.

“We are expanding our reach and our capabilities in order to better serve our clients,” adds Harakawa. “Sharmi and Ben are able to provide leadership and manage projects efficiently while using their particular skill sets to find the hidden logic of any space.”


Nanov Building Digital Kiosks for Savannah Airport

Digital displays by Nanov at Savannah Airport

Nanov Display (Miami) is building digital display kiosks for departure gate corridors at Savannah Hilton Head International Airport.

The Nanov Consortium--Nanov Display (hardware), Scala (software) and AVnet (distribution)--will design, build and install 11 of the kiosks. The three-sided aluminum, polycarbonate and stainless-steel structures will be placed throughout the airport to disperse corridor traffic. Each kiosk will incorporate three 55-in. high-resolution LCD panels: one for wayfinding, one for airport information and the third for advertising. The displays will feature 500cd luminosity.



2016 SEGD Academic Summit: Technology and Innovation in Experiential Graphic Design

SEGD Academic Summit

Summit is June 8 at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts

Educators, students, design practitioners and researchers will gather June 8 in Seattle for the 2016 SEGD Academic Summitand presentation of peer-reviewed research and curriculum innovation focused on Experiential Graphic Design.

The SEGD Academic Summit precedes the 2016 SEGD Conference: Experience SeattleJune 9-11, headquartered at the Westin Seattle Hotel. The full-day Summit will be hosted at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts, just blocks from the conference venue.

SEGD has issued a Call for Papers for the Summit and the deadline for submission of extended abstracts is March 4, 2016.  Members of SEGD’s Academic Task Force will evaluate the abstracts and the authors of selected papers will be invited to present their work at the Summit. Authors will be notified April 8 and full manuscripts with supporting documentation and images will be due on May 20, 2016.

In addition to being presented at the Summit, the selected papers will be published in the 2016 issue of SEGD’s academic research journal Communication + Place. The peer-reviewed journal was launched in 2015 as a venue for sharing the design research work of academics, students, practitioners and researchers focused on Experiential Graphic Design.
For the 2016 Summit and journal publication, SEGD is focusing its lens on research and curriculum development related to integration of digital technology, user-centric interactive experiences and experimentation in Experiential Graphic Design.

“We’re planning the 2016 Academic Summit as a platform for those who are pushing the boundaries of Experiential Graphic Design and innovating user experiences in public spaces,” says Justin Molloy, SEGD’s Director of Education and Professional Development.

“In a world that’s getting more connected and data-centric every day, our discipline is changing at a rapid pace,” he notes. “Experiential graphic designers are the natural leaders in creating spaces that are connected, functional, beautiful and centered on human needs. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on work that leads toward higher levels of technology integration in these user experiences.”

The focus on technology and innovation aligns with SEGD’s current educational initiatives, which encompass not only the traditional components of Experiential Graphic Design—wayfinding, public information design, placemaking and identity and exhibition design—but also provide professional development in digital experience design. In 2016, SEGD is hosting three events focused on the cutting edge of digital technology: DesignX at Digital Signage Expo 2016 (March 15-16 in Las Vegas), Xplorer Digital Foundations Bootcamp (July 14, Los Angeles) and SEGD’s signature technology + design event, Xlab 2016 (Oct. 27-28 in New York).

Registration for the 2016 SEGD Academic Summit is free with registration to the 2016 SEGD Conference June 9-11. Get more information about the conference or register here.

For more information on the School of Visual Concepts, visit its website.

Download the Call for Papers and submission guidelines here.
Direct questions and PDF abstract submissions to Jody Graff at [email protected].

Photo: Robin Lopez


Fromet Promoted at Studio Graphique

Cathy Fromet, Studio Graphique

Studio Graphique (Cleveland) named Cathy Fromet Managing Principal, a newly created position within the agency’s leadership.

Fromet, formerly the studio's director of strategy, Cathy Fromet was one of the first employees to join Studio Graphique 12 years ago. In her new position, she will oversee daily agency operations with a heavy focus on client relationships, sales and business development strategies.

“We differentiate ourselves from regional and national firms by pairing brand strategy with wayfinding and environmental graphic design services,” says Fromet. “It’s an exciting time as we push our vision into 2016 by building business development initiatives that can extend the agency’s reach from Ohio to surrounding states.”

Fromet is working to lead Studio Graphique in developing brand strategy and wayfinding systems in civic and community spaces, higher education campuses, medical complexes and large-scale consumer environments in Kentucky, Michigan and Indiana. She will assist and report to Rachel Downey, the agency’s president and founder, who plans to continue her leadership of Studio Graphique while building a new entrepreneurial consultancy, PlaceHolder, focused on strategic planning for destinations.

“Cathy’s long tenure at Studio Graphique means that she not only knows the ins and outs of our business, she’s also been instrumental in developing our processes and commitment to connecting strategy to design,” Downey says. “She played a major role in launching Studio Graphique into a new strategic realm for wayfinding and placemaking. This move is well deserved and supports our vision and strategic plan. I look forward to working with Cathy in this new capacity as we continue to grow our business and serve our place-based clients.”

Given its unique mix of brand development, wayfinding planning and environmental graphic design offerings, Studio Graphique has carved out a niche in the market, playing a key role in transforming and enriching some of Cleveland’s most visible neighborhoods, businesses and organizations.

“I love problem solving for communities and business landscapes that have immense potential," says Fromet. "Wayfinding systems really make a difference in landscapes and signal that there’s real change happening. It’s exciting to see how our work improves lives and experiences.”


Shikatani Lacroix Cineplex Wins GOOD Award

Shikatani Lacroix Wins GOOD Award

Shikatani Lacroix Design (Toronto) won a GOOD DESIGN award for its design of Cineplex Entertainment’s Cineplex VIP Cinemas.

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design’s annual GOOD DESIGN Awards recognize the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product and graphic design work from around the globe.

Shikatani Lacroix was honored for its design excellence in the 2015 Environments category for Cineplex VIP Cinemas. SLD has been Cineplex Entertainment’s design Architect of Record for more than 15 years. To help refine and enhance Cineplex’s position as Canada’s premier entertainment brand, SLD was brought on board to design a premium VIP offering by providing a superior movie-going experience. SLD designed a warm, inviting environment with contemporary decor, subtle digital screen experiences and a variety of intimate seating to ensure all guests feel like VIPs.

The Cineplex VIP Cinemas at the Shops at Don Mills, Toronto, is the first stand-alone Cineplex VIP Cinemas in Canada.


Hawaii 212?

Two Twelve opens Hawaii office

Two Twelve (New York) has opened a new office in Honolulu.

Named after the area code in which much of its work has been centered, Two Twelve has increasingly been working beyond New York and the 212 area code.

"As a transformative stage of sharing our experience and expertise with clients, their users and the communities they serve, we have expanded to the 808 area code by establishing an office in Hawai‘i," say firm principals Ann Harakawa and David Gibson.

"1110 Nu‘uanu Avenue in Honolulu is where we are continuing our focus on users to develop sustainable, user-centered design systems that build on what it means to yield meaningful and impactful results." Its office at 902 Broadway, New York City, remains open.



Michael Courtney Design Hosts WWU Students

Western Washington University students visit Michael Courtney Design

Michael Courtney Design (Seattle) hosted a group of senior graphic design students from Western Washington University and put their creative talents to the test with a secret project.

The brief was to create a new and significant landmark for Western’s campus. Divided into small teams, they were given 15 minutes to design and another 15 minutes to construct models of the landmark. Little did they know they would be using holiday-themed building materials for the model: gingerbread, icing and candy.

They were great sports and each team made creative use of the materials at hand. Pink icing for grass, red liquorice for trees, and candy dots for lighting.

After a review of the their creations, the visit wound down with a Q&A about the field and the profession. The student quizzed the MCD team about their professional backgrounds, working in a studio environment and “How do you get projects, anyway?”



Reboot, get inspired, and network! The SEGD Conference is the only annual conference designed for creatives working in Experiential Graphic Design. 

The week kicks-off at the Academic Summit on Wednesday where top educators and design visionaries get together to chart the course of experiential graphic design through peer reviewed design research, academic innovation, and student design excellence. The official SEGD Conference starts on Thursday with a keynote session that's inspired by the host-city. Attendees spend the afternoon in intimate group tours exploring Seattle's best projects and studios. Then, everyone comes together Thursday evening for the President's Reception — a great big party, and lots of fun.

NEXPO opens all day on Friday with several events taking place on the show-floor. The hall will be buzzing during the sponsored breakfast, morning and afternoon networking breaks, lunch, and the ever-popular, often-raucous NEXPO Reception & Auction for Excellence — a live auction led by Bonhams New York.

We start the day Saturday with inspirational keynotes and three breakout sessions designed to energize participants and push their creative limits. Design Improv and Design Improv(e) take a different approach to team-inspired design — one for the good of Seattle, the other can only be described as creative-chaos (hint: booze, paper, ink, and a step outside the norm).

The grand finale of the week's activities revolve around the celebration of the best of the best in design and practice. Participants join together on Saturday afternoon for the announcement of the 2016 SEGD Fellow, award the industry's top practitioners, and celebrate the 2016 SEGD Global Design Award-winning projects.

You'll leave the SEGD Conference feeling inspired; full of new connections, and new memories shared with your peers, partners, and clients.

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