Nik Hafermass
Nik Hafermaas

Nik Hafermaas is an international award-winning artist, designer, and educational leader. His Los Angeles-based artist platform Ueberall conceives and produces data-driven art installations converging digital media and spatial experiences. His artist team produced the data-driven sculptures eCLOUD for San Jose International Airport and Airfield for Atlanta International Airport and is currently creating landmark art pieces for the San Diego International Airport and for the new North Precinct Police Headquarters in Seattle.

Xibitz - National Czech and Slovak Museum

Xibitz (Grand Rapids, Mich.) partnered with Lord Cultural Resources on the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The project team conducted four visioning workshops with the institution and about 70 stakeholders, developing an interpretive plan and concept design revolving around themes of freedom, immigration, human agency, and culture and identity.

NYC Beaches Wayfinding and Signage

Hitting the Beach

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Pentagram builds a stronger-than-ever identity for New York City’s public beaches.

Design intervention in the wake of a natural disaster can be a tricky proposition. Emotions run high. Resources are scarce. Environmental restoration seems insurmountable. Efforts to rebuild, though admirable, can be fragmented, unorganized, and politically charged. It’s hard to know where to start.

Jane Davis Doggett, Environmental Graphics Pioneer

Jane Davis Doggett

Traveled through an airport lately? The graphic system standards you see today are the innovations of an EGD pioneer who harnessed color, scale, and the alphabet to humanize massive public spaces.

Andreas Uebele


Andreas Uebele’s award-winning work stands at the intersection of architecture, typography, and information design. He'll be a featured speaker during the 2014 SEGD Conference in Atlanta June 5-7!

In his book Signage Systems & Information Graphics, Andreas Uebele sets out to explain the rules of sign system design. Then he proceeds to disregard many of them.

Photo of Century Sign Builders' Snap-N-Place
Century Sign Builders

Century Sign Builders (Albuquerque) has been granted a U.S. patent for its Snap-N-Place fixture that allows users to easily update the information on their signs without creating new signs. The Snap-N-Place fixture is available on many of Century Sign Builders’ standard product lines: Alloy, Basic, Basic Plus, Texture, and some custom interior signage applications.

Photo of Moxie restaurant

Harbinger (Jacksonville, Fla.) created identity signage for the new Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails restaurant in Jacksonville. Harbinger’s task was to translate the vision of the restaurant’s owners into iconic signage that represented the brand but did not interfere with the aesthetics of the architecture.
The Harbinger team created a sign that seems to float in mid-air, creating a haloed illumination, says Ed Killion, Vice President. It uses energy-efficient LED lights that have a shelf life of 10 years.

Photo of ABC News headquarters
Poulin + Morris - ABC News Headquarters

Poulin + Morris (New York) designed a comprehensive environmental graphics and wayfinding sign program for the renovation of the ABC News headquarters located at West 66th Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Along with bringing the headquarter’s sign program into code compliance, the designers created an environmental graphics program that celebrates the varied aspects of ABC News production, including editing, production, and broadcast.

Photo of James B. Hunt Jr. Library donor recognition
Alexander Isley

Alexander Isley Inc. (Redding, Conn.) worked with leadership teams from North Carolina State University Libraries and the Institute for Emerging Issues in Raleigh on various design projects for the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library, opened earlier this year to great acclaim.

Photo of storytelling walls at Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Cloud Gehshan Associates - Historical Society of Pennsylvania Digital Wall

Cloud Gehshan Associates (Philadelphia) designed digital storytelling walls as part of the $5.7 million renovation of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The walls are located in the redesigned and refurbished lobby of the HSP building. Using images from HSP’s archive of more than 21 million documents, the digital walls serve as a renewable showcase,
 visible from the street.

Screenshots of Entro website

Entro (Toronto) and Gottschalk + Ash launched a newly designed website that highlights the company’s past and present projects as well as newsworthy features.

Photo of Montefiore Medical Center mural

KimakDesign (Orangeburg, N.Y.) has completed the design portion of a commission by Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx to create a four-section 9- by 100-foot-long digital print mural for the lobby of their new Hutch Ambulatory Care Center. The mural, focusing on nature themes of the Bronx including the Botanical Garden and the New York City borough's parks, is to be printed on glass by Skyline Design. The new medical center is slated to open in 2014.

Photo of the Radiance Dome
Lucite International

Lucite International (Cordova, Tenn.), owner of the LuciteLux® acrylic brand, announced Eugene-based technology collective Light at Play is the winner of its inaugural JUST IMAGINE Awards. Light at Play’s design, called the Radiance Dome, features nearly 200 two-foot LuciteLux® Light Guide Panel (LGP) triangles equipped with LED lights that glow as they change color with music and movement. It was used as a 1,000-foot dance space at the 2013 Burning Man Festival.

Photo of graphics for GlaxoSmithKline
Pentagram - GlaxoSmithKline

Pentagram (New York) Partner Michael Gericke and his team designed a bold program of large-scale environmental graphics for the new U.S. headquarters of GlaxoSmithKline, the global pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare company. Located in Philadelphia’s Navy Yard, the innovative “smart” workspace is 100% mobile: no one has an assigned desk, not even the company president. Pentagram’s iconic graphics help foster a spirit of connection for a new collaborative way of working.

Poulin + Morris - Novo Nordisk

Poulin + Morris (New York) developed a comprehensive environmental graphics program for the Novo Nordisk North American Headquarters in Princeton, N.J.

Photo of ineriors of Shinola store
Rockwell Group

Rockwell Group (New York) designed interiors for the newly opened Shinola store in Tribeca. The Detroit-based Shinola sells meticulously crafted, American-made bicycles, watches, leather goods, and notebooks. Rockwell’s design modeled the store after an urban general store, consistent with the neighborhood’s residential feel. The interior balances 1930s industrialism and clean minimalism to highlight the handcrafted beauty of Shinola’s products.

Photo of David Woody
David Woody

David Woody will be leaving his position as Design Director for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago for a new role as Creative Director for DreamWorks studio in Glendale, Calif. He will be responsible for the creative management of DreamWorks’ new division called Global Location Based Entertainment. The division will leverage its significant library of intellectual property across a wide variety of media that are all location based (theme parks, restaurants, exhibitions, live arena shows, theatricals, resorts, cruise ships, retail stores, etc).


Arrowstreet (Somerville, Mass.) named four new principals in the firm. The promotion of architects David Bois, Amy Korte, Sean Selby, and Larry Spang acknowledges their leadership roles and substantial contributions to the practice of architecture. Each of these new principals brings a unique perspective to design, development, and management. Their diverse backgrounds add considerable value to Arrowstreet's work.

Photo of identity for Scotts Square
Calori & Vanden-Eynden - Scotts Square

Calori & Vanden-Eynden (New York) has been singled out for excellence by Graphic Design USA in their 2013 design awards program. C&VE’s signage and graphics program for Scotts Square residential and retail development in Singapore was cited as being best in category.

Carbone Smolan Agency

Carbone Smolan Agency (New York) created a website for international law firm Winston & Strawn that balances their vast range of practice area depth with a bold vision for what the next 160 years might bring. A distinct visual style simplifies complicated statistics and immediately engages the firm's online audience. Elements such as infographics and topical videos communicate powerful messages in a compelling way.

FASTSIGNS Announced a Partnership with MODULEX

FASTSIGNS (Louisville) announced a partnership with MODULEX to become a certified MODULEX reseller. MODULEX manufactures a full line of modular architectural signage products and digital wayfinding systems. The addition of MODULEX to their custom EG capabilities completes their full service offering.

Photo of supergraphic wall at Nemours Children’s Clinic

Harbinger (Jacksonville, Fla.) created and installed an 8-ft. by 36-ft. supergraphic wall for the Nemours Children’s Clinic, Fleming Island, Fla. The mural is a vividly colored, billboard-type super-graphic of a young girl “just being a kid, ” visually depicting Nemours’ brand idea. Harbinger used their wrapping film process, creating nine no-fade, no-peel, non-glare panels installed in perfect alignment to give a seamless look and positioned for maximum visibility.

Photo of wayfinding signage at Calhoun Square
Lawrence Sign

Lawrence Sign (St. Paul, Minn.) recently provided a new signage package at the iconic Calhoun Square, the upscale retail complex in Minneapolis’ Uptown area. New interior and exterior signage was required when two new tenants moved into anchor spaces in the complex.

Photo of signage for Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Pentagram - Cathedral Church of St. John

Pentagram (worldwide) Partner Michael Bierut designed a new set of commandments for the four-legged friends of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York.  He designed the signs using his identity for the institution.

Paula Scher revisited her classic identity for Jazz at Lincoln Center, streamlining the original wordmark and expanding it into a new custom typeface called Jelly Roll.

Photo of This is NPR interactive exhibition
Poulin + Morris - This is NPR

Poulin + Morris (New York) created a permanent, interactive lobby exhibition titled This is NPR for NPR’s new headquarters in Washington, D.C.  The 70-ft.-long exhibition, spanning the length of the new building’s lobby, consists of a reader rail supporting two tiers of angled panels displaying narrative text, images, video monitors, and interactive audio listening devices featuring detailed information about NPR. 


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