The assignment was to plan an exhibit environment and to develop a section for that environment. The chosen theme was Vespa, an icon of modern freedom, celebrating its 60th anniversary. The shaping of the space was designed to reflect the signature contours of a Vespa. The story is told around the perimeter, incorporating some interactive elements, and uses the center area as a gallery featuring Vespas on pedestals of varying heights.
Laurie Tappen, Stephanie Salerno, Sara Leventhal, Drexel University
Working in collaboration with the design department at the Walker, Pentagram Design developed a dynamic information display for the exterior of the museum's new expansion by Herzog & de Meuron. News and schedules of museum programs and events are rear-projected onto the building exterior in two streams of information that parallel the glow of traffic on nearby Hennepin Avenue. The Walker's graphic identity is organized around an institutional typeface, and the display exemplifies this flexible system of information as identity.
This classic, dynamic flap sign was designed and commissioned to display inspirational quotes, poems, questions, and statements about democracy rather than train timetables. Unlike normal flap signs, this one has no labels or markings on it other than the letters that appear when the flaps move. When it is blank, it is mute.
The key to the program was to first direct visitors to the Tranportation and Visitor Center, centrally located on the Newport Waterfront. This facility has a large parking garage and serves as the transportation hub for buses and shuttles serving all parts of the city. The goal was to get visitors to parking areas as quicky and expeditiously as possible, get them out of their cars and encourage them to experience Newport at its best: on foot.
This extensive survey of current, officially sanctioned, non-verbal communication systems includes 4,811 images in categories such as U.S. and foreign road signs, transportation, recreational and hospitality symbol sign systems, ALS, Braille, safety, electronic and mechanical labeling, and meteorological symbols.
The Pennsylvania Military Museum was an under-attended facility occupying a popular and well-used site. (Located 300 yards back from a major highway, the museum was often mistaken for a storage facility.) Beyond adding needed visitor amenity and gallery space to the museum's interior, the architects employed environmental graphic design to broaden the significance of the building as an object in the landscape.
The design solution for this boutique hairdressing salon is deceptively simple. Working with a small budget, the idea was to unify the long, tunnel-like interior space by wrapping the salon's name diagonally up the walls and across the ceiling.
Friends of the Cerritos Library Donor Recognition Wall
The Cerritos Library Friends Wall was conceived to acknowledge the support and dedication of the Friends who were instrumental in laying the foundation for what has become the city's crown jewel. The library is known for its progressive design and innovative programs.
Mounted at the Center for Architecture, this exhibition focuses on eight projects in New York by six contemporary location photographers in the Esto collaborative. Over 100 images are projected, slideshow-style, onto a screen-sized blank space that has been knocked out of the exhibition's title. In keeping with the travelogue theme, commentary from the participating photographers and architects appears on the walls. The projects are numbered and keyed to the quotes and a small map of the metropolitan area.