2020 awards

The Parlors

Honor Award 2020
The Parlors

In order to preserve and respect the integrity of the historic Thomas Cole house, the design team carefully considered where to intervene with technology, seamlessly integrating the experiences into the architecture and furniture.

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Make Some Room – Unconscious Bias Workshop

Honor Award 2020
Make Some Room – Unconscious Bias Workshop

Despite a growing movement for corporate diversity and bias trainings, many employees still experience the dehumanizing and daily impacts of bias and discrimination. We’ve become more informed, but not necessarily transformed.

As experience designers, the team believed that addressing bias in our own workplaces and culture required a new approach—to shift these trainings from intellectual understanding to emotional awakening. Make Some Room is an immersive workshop that marries storytelling and space to change hearts, not just minds.

International Airport "Gagarin" Art Exposition

Honor Award 2020
International Airport "Gagarin" Art Exposition

Gagarin International Airport in Saratov, Russia was built from scratch in an open field and put into operation in September 2019 featuring а permanent interactive exhibition.The client initiated the project to provide a superb passenger experience: amusing, educating and entertaining passengers while they’re waiting for flights. Seven installations trigger all senses and create truly immersive experience—any visitor becomes an explorer prepared to take a flight just like Gagarin did.

Hobsonville Point Habitat Markers

Honor Award 2020
Hobsonville Point Habitat Markers

Interventions that attract attention and reveal what might live there are connecting people to place at Hobsonville Point—a medium-density suburb designed with the infrastructure necessary to generate a socially successful and sustainable community. Without explanation or instruction, these architectural objects create a unique and memorable user experience. Solving the client’s desire for inhabitants of Hobsonville to come to know the natural community that they live among in addition to the human one.

Rising Together: The Black Experience with Police in America

Honor Award 2020
Rising Together: The Black Experience with Police in America

Isometric collaborated with Google on the design of an immersive exhibition that narrates the Black American experience with police through ethnographic vignettes, historical context, and carefully curated data. As part of Google’s ongoing work to investigate the role of technology in addressing injustice, the exhibition was an interactive report that summarized two years of research. 

Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice

Honor Award 2020
Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice

In 2018, after a two-year renovation, the landmark building reopened as the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice; more than a headquarters, the center is a vibrant, accessible hub for champions of social justice. The engaging brand expression program draws inspiration from the building’s 1960s period while visually complementing the organization’s evocative art collection. The design concept “A Bold Whisper” expresses the Foundation’s quiet confidence in its mission and key international initiatives.

V&A Wayfinding

Honor Award 2020
V&A Wayfinding

Over the last 10 years, visitor numbers at the V&A have tripled. In order to protect its future, the design team was asked to create a comprehensive wayfinding system unifying seven miles of galleries across three interconnected buildings, five temporary exhibition spaces, four shops, three cafés and 60,000 objects to enable the V&A’s 4 million annual visitors from across the world to explore the museum with renewed confidence and curiosity.

The Senses—Design Beyond Vision

Merit Award 2020
Finalist 2019
The Senses: Design Beyond Vision

Museums are places for community education, yet they are seldom accessible to everyone nor equitable in their presentation of content. Acknowledging the unfortunate truth that visually impaired people struggle to enjoy museum experiences, “Senses: Design Beyond Vision” invited visitors of all abilities to actively engage in the exhibition in ways surpassing conventional “universal design” considerations.

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