2006 Awards

Darwin

Merit Award
Darwin, American Museum of Natural History

The exhibit design refers to the Victorian context of Darwin's work, with dark wood and brass cases, while incorporating a contemporary perspective. It moves back and forth from an ordered rectilinear world with decorous Victorian detail, for the sections focusing on Darwin's life, to curving organic shapes in the areas where discovery and science prevail. The section on the Beagle voyage is organized into little islands of content, and the pathway through the exhibit is evocative of the circuitous voyage itself.

Eat and Be Eaten

Merit Award
Eat and Be Eaten, Libert Science Center

Eat and Be Eaten began as an exhibition when Liberty Science Center needed to keep its live animal collection while its main building was closed for expansion. It would be on display for two years in temporary space and then move back to the main building upon completion of the renovation. It was designed as a modular system of durable hexagonal structures that could easily be reconfigured and expanded.

Liberty Science Center

Frost*bite

Merit Award
Frost*bite, Sydney Opera House

The goal of this exhibit for Australia's leading contemporary craft organization was to demystify the graphic design process by exploring the work of designer Vince Frost. The work comprised editorial and magazine design to corporate identity, environmental graphics, and interactive design.

Frost* Design

Holland Performing Arts Center

Merit Award
Holland Performing Arts Center, Polshek Partnership Architects, Poulin + Morris Inc.

The Holland Performing Arts Center, designed by Polshek Partnership Architects in association with HDR Architecture, is the physical embodiment of Omaha's commitment of and passion for musical arts, attracting audiences from the immediate community and the region. Its architecture reinforces civic pride, enhances the downtown area, and further distinguishes Omaha's rich architectural culture.

Poulin + Morris Inc.

INFOTOGO Toronto Wayfinding System

Merit Award
INFOTOGO Toronto Wayfinding System, Astral Media Outdoor, Kramer Design Associates

INFOTOGO addresses Toronto's need for a self-financing tourist and resident wayfinding information system that can be deployed city wide, with custom district mapping.

The form of this street furniture element breaks away from the traditional city information pillar by lifting the body of the structure off the ground from a cantilevered pole. This innovative approach is further emphasized by implementing a three-sided display system, two convex faces, and one concave face to welcome and invite the user.

Kramer Design Associates

John Glenn Institute Permanent Exhibition

Merit Award
John Glenn Institute Permanent Exhibition, The Ohio State University, Eyethink

Entering the institute, visitors stand before glass panels carrying a faint image of a confident 15-year-old John Glenn. A tan-colored, rectangular-grid terrazzo floor defines the installation's approach and suddenly gives way to black and dark gray circular, concentric bands suggesting outer space. Within these dark bands stand three large, curved panels supported by columns made of aircraft aluminum. Orbiting in parallel, the panels invite visitors to enter. Outward facing panel sides display dramatic, symbolic imagery identifying each major theme.

Eyethink

Princeton Public Library

Merit Award
Princeton Public Library, Hillier Environmental Graphic Design

Princeton Public Library needed a new brand identity that was simple, clever, and easily translated into a comprehensive branding program to include signage, stationery, and brochure system. They also needed to compete with the popularity of large chain bookstores and avoid any confusion with the nearby Princeton University Library. The architectural solution was to make the new building retail in concept – with lounge seating, music listening stations, and a coffee bar – and the environmental graphic design package follows this approach.

Hillier Environmental Graphic Design

Sankofa Place

Merit Award
Sankofa Place, Chicago Public Schools, Kimball-Hill Homes, Anne Berry, Kristal Ernst, Kent State University

In consideration of the neighborhood's troubled past, coupled with a spirit of celebration for the various groups of people who moved through the area, and renewed interest in rebuilding the community, "connecting with one's history in order to move forward" became the concept for this site's branding and identity. In the same vein, "Sankofa," which comes from a West African Adinkrap symbol and translates into "learning from the past," was selected as the name for the new housing development.

Anne Berry, Kristal Ernst, Kent State University

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