2012

Vista System

Vista System (Sarasota, Fla.), supplier of modular curved frame technology (MCFT) signage systems, recently supplied a unique single-sided information pylon to Agencja Reklamowa ZU-AN for installation at the center of Rawa Mazowiecka town, Poland.

The client, Rawska Water Supply, required a big, flexible, easy-to-install and update information pylon to display information about the company's services to the town.

Alchemy Studio

Alchemy Studio (Maplewood, N.J.) has been established by Wayne LaBar, former vice president of exhibitions and featured experiences at Liberty Science Center and principal of its LSC Experience Services.

The independent development, design, and consulting studio will work with science centers, museums, government agencies, NGOs, filmmakers, and others involved in the public engagement of science, history, technology, and the humanities.

Frost* Design

photograph of EGD at Rio Tinto in Brisbane

Frost* Design (Sydney) recently completed an environmental graphics program for the Brisbane regional office of the Rio Tinto mining company. In support of an “Earth and Sky” interior concept by Geyer, the interior designers on the project, Frost created elements such as stencil-cut fonts, raw materials, and super-scaled photography. Contoured paneling creates a sense of topography in the lift core, while lithological patterns (geological map codes for rocks) bring otherwise functional surfaces to life.

Mijksenaar

image of "99 do's and don'ts of wayfinding" app

Mijksenaar (Amsterdam) introduced a new iPhone wayfinding app called “99 do’s & don’ts of wayfinding.” It was made available in December 2011 at the App Store. Available in English and Dutch for $3.99, it offers a basic understanding of wayfinding and provides rules-of-thumb meant to engage professionals, designers, and novices in discussion about wayfinding.

Studio SC

Studio SC (Seattle) recently installed and tested prototype signage at Seattle Children’s Hospital for its Building Hope expansion and campus master plan. The signs, fabricated by Image Mill, were tested for legibility, color, consistency, size, cap height, and clarity. Placing these prototypes in a low-traffic area of the hospital allowed the design team and owner to see how the signs looked at full size in the environment, and also gave patient-families an opportunity to experience the new wayfinding program and offer feedback.

Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion

From the SEGD Archives, circa 2012: San Francisco’s most famous landmark turned 75 in 2011 and in honor of the occasion, as well as anticipation of the rush of visitors it would inspire, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District (the bridge operator) partnered with the Golden Gate Bridge National Parks Conservancy to rethink the entire visitor experience.

Dimensional Maps

From the archives, circa 2012: Despite my anticipation and glee at what technology will allow us to do in the future, I want to sing the praises of what could be considered a rather antiquated wayfinding form: the tactile or dimensional tabletop-style map.

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