2012

Graphic Departure

At Vienna International Airport, Ruedi Baur’s transparent wayfinding system marries minimalist design and poetic touches. In some ways, airports are quintessential non-places. With their long corridors, labyrinthine layouts, and cacophonous soundtrack of arrivals/departures and passengers speaking multiple languages, it’s easy to forget exactly where you are.

By the Numbers

Futago designs interpretive sculptures to mark an historic waterfront trail.

If you zoom in on a map of Tasmania, the island state 240 kilometers south of Australia, and find its capital city of Hobart, you can just about make out the blunt promontory south of town.

Named after the battery of guns established there in 1818 to defend the coast, Battery Point shelters Hobart’s deep-water port to the north and looks south toward Storm Bay and beyond, to the route popular with Antarctic expeditions.

Ken Carbone and Leslie Smolan, founding partners of Carbone Smolan Agency (New York) are recipients of the 2014 AIGA Medal, the AIGA's highest honor for design professionals. They will be honored during the April 25 AIGA Centennial Gale in New York.

Lance Wyman's seminal 1968 Olympics Graphic Identity

Summer of ‘68

Almost a half-century later, Lance Wyman’s graphics program for the 1968 Mexico City Olympic games is still considered Gold medal-worthy.

In 1963, Mexico won the bid to host the XIX Olympiad, becoming the first Latin American site for the Games. Staging the Olympics gave the country a unique opportunity to showcase Mexico City as a modern capital with far more to offer than piñatas and fiestas--including a 7,350-foot altitude that supported record-breaking athletic performances.

Nova Polymers (Fairfield, N.J.) announced that Cadwell Sign, Ability Plastics, Welch Signs, and Cab Signs, four leading manufacturers of ADA-compliant signage for the architectural industry, have joined the elite ranks as Nova Polymers Preferred Fabricators of NovAcryl, the world’s most expansive line of high-quality photopolymer ADA signage.

Nova Polymers developed their Preferred Fabricator program to recognize sign fabricators listed as “acceptable manufacturers” in the NovAcryl photopolymer 3-part CSI specification.

The Sculpted City

In praise of the tactile map: part wayfinding tool, part sculpture

A map does not just chart, it unlocks and formulates meaning; it forms bridges between here and there, between disparate ideas that we did not know were previously connected.

―Reif Larsen, The Collected Works of T.S. Spivet

A Classic Reborn

At San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center, RTKL rethinks wayfinding in the digital era, but respects the landmark architecture.

Much has changed since the concrete towers of the John C. Portman-designed Embarcadero Center began to rise in San Francisco’s Financial District in the late 1960s, and were finally completed in the early 1980s.

Artfully Sustainable

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is a new model for civic buildings: transparent, sustainable, and art-filled. A new digital display wall invites the public in to experience it.

Museum as Metaphor

The Renzo Piano-designed California Academy of Sciences is a statement about sustaining and conserving a living planet. Its identity and environmental graphics speak the same language.

Signage is Golden

In the Golden Gate National Parks, a new wayfinding system unifies a vast system of urban and rural sites, informs and guides visitors—and lives up to San Francisco’s high design standards.

For San Franciscans, visiting a national park is not something you have to drive hours to do

Above and Beyond

A sleek new San Francisco International Airport terminal exceeds LEED goals and engages passengers in the joys of sustainable travel.   

Passengers making their way through SFO’s new Terminal 2 have become participants in modern sustainability, San Francisco style. Opened in April 2011, the renovated terminal goes beyond LEED requirements while offering “a different kind of travel experience”—what the design team at Gensler calls an “epicurean” experience of pleasure, living modestly, and treading lightly.

Of the Earth

The new Natural History Museum of Utah uses organic forms, materials, and a sympathetic environmental graphics program to fill its role as “the trailhead to Utah.”

Salt Lake Rising

Art, landmarks, and signage elements give City Creek, Salt Lake City's new downtown mixed-use community, a unique sense of place. 

When Brigham Young led the pioneers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Missouri west to their new home in Utah in 1847, the Mormon founders settled along a mountain creek that flowed past what is now the center of Salt Lake City.

The Roots of EGD

An excerpt from Richard Poulin’s long-awaited history of environmental graphic design

Graphic Design + Architecture: A 20th-Century History (Rockport Publishers, 2012)

His Way

Patrick Gallagher has followed his own road to success—and along the way, he’s led the design of some of the world’s most memorable museum experiences.

There’s no formal path to a career in museum planning and exhibition design, so Patrick Gallagher has blazed his own.

Remembering 9/11

Two architects, two visions, and two memorials commemorate loss and foster healing.

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 endure as indelible visions of chaos, destruction, and unimaginable loss. About 2 billion people—one-third of the world’s population—watched the day’s tragedies as they unfolded live on television and online. Within 24 hours, another 2 billion learned of the succession of catastrophes, which were to be the most widely witnessed events in human history.

YOHO Clubhouse Environmental Graphics

Urban + Park = Good Living

One Plus Partnership’s environmental graphics create “green living” for residents of a Hong Kong high-rise.

Residents of YOHO Midtown, one of Hong Kong’s newest luxury high-rises, love urban living but also yearn for a connection to nature—a rare experience in their crowded metropolis.

Commissioned to design the interiors for the complex’s four-story, 37,000-square-foot clubhouse/recreation center, One Plus Partnership (Hong Kong) was committed to giving them what they wanted.

By the Book

PenguinCube’s donor wall for a non-profit art school shows that big ideas can be better than big budgets.

The Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace is a unique, scholarship-driven contemporary arts school and artist residency space that opened in Beirut in 2011. It provides a tuition-free program for 15 young artists and cultural practitioners to work for 11 months alongside a resident scholar.  

100 Years Exhibition

100 Years Young

Pentagram’s exhibition for The New York Public Library celebrates a special birthday for the landmark building it calls home.

The New York Public Library may be better known for Patience and Fortitude, the regal marble lions guarding the entrance to its main branch at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, than it is for the 60 million artifacts it holds.  

Down to Business Down Under

Thanks to graphics by Frost Design, a Sydney bank headquarters communicates its "forward and flexible" mobile work model.

“Determined to be different” is the slogan of Australia’s Commonwealth Bank, and its campus-style headquarters in Sydney’s Darling Walk stands out for its innovative approach to the white-collar workplace. Offices for the bank’s 5,000-person staff are housed in a pair of eight-story “green” buildings designed to support shared work spaces rather than fixed desks for every employee.

Down to Business Down Under

THERE's environmental graphics program for 3M Australia celebrates collaboration, chain reaction, and scientific heroes. 

Asked to create a compelling environmental graphics program for 3M’s 8,000-square-meter Australian headquarters, THERE (Sydney) focused on the company’s collaborative work ethos and the chain reaction of ideas that create technology innovations.

Down to Business Down Under

Rio Tinto mines the power of collaboration in a new regional office in Brisbane. 

Within a sleek high-rise in Brisbane, Rio Tinto operates its regional hub as an environment connected to the company’s diverse mining activities around the globe.

Photo of the Burning Man efigy on top of a pyramid in the Desert

Playing with Fire

Burning Man is an anarchistic art festival, pop-up city, and laboratory for social experimentation.

Tumultuous, thundering cheers echo into the evening air as fireworks begin to pierce the inky sky above the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. A 40-foot-tall wooden effigy rises into the air atop a 50-foot pedestal, waiting silently, patiently for his moment. His countdown clock reads 00:00:00.

There is a sudden flash of light, a tremendous WHOMP, and Burning Man ignites.

Photograph of the exterior of the Eames Words Exhibition

Eames Words

Deborah Sussman and Andrew Byrom celebrate Charles and Ray Eames’ love of the commonplace in an intimate exhibition at the A+D Museum Los Angeles.

Photograph of the Ajax Football Experience Amsterdam

All Hail Ajax

The Ajax Experience museum in Amsterdam scores a giant goal: sculpting architecture, graphics, and experience to tell the story of the legendary soccer club.

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