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Tim Smith

Tim Smith is the environmental graphic design team leader at BHDP Architecture, Cincinnati. Formerly, he was principal and creative director of Tim Smith Design. He has held vice-president and director level positions at some of the largest design firms in the United States, including FRCH Design Worldwide, RPA (now Fitch), marchFIRST, and LPK. He has served as president of the AIGA Cincinnati chapter and the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts (CSCA) as well as vice president of Art Center Dayton.

Photograph of Tim Smith
Cincinnati, OH

Interactive Wayfinding for the Visually Impaired

Touch-Responsive Wayfinding for the Visually Impaired

The Last Mile

For the blind and visually impaired, wayfinding in public places is getting easier thanks to new touch-responsive talking maps and models.

Imagine arriving at an unfamiliar school building for the first time. You need to navigate a complex maze of rooms, corridors, stairwells, and spaces to find the classroom or office that is your final destination—all in a concentrated period of time.

Now imagine you are blind.

Kelley Deal

Kelley Deal is a Co-chair for the Charlotte Chapter.

Environmental Graphic Designer. Will travel. Gladly.

I'm an environmental graphic designer in Charlotte by way of the Midwest, with a background in both interior architecture and graphic design.

Kelley Bozarth, Little
Charlotte, NC

Jim Harding

Jim Harding leads Gresham, Smith and Partners, an award-winning Environmental Graphic Design Group based in Nashville, Tennesee. Since 1986, his career at GS&P's includes a diverse range of signage and wayfinding design experience is unique in the breadth of industries and project types it covers, including corporate and urban design, healthcare, land planning and aviation clients.

Headshot of Designer Jim Harding, Gresham, Smith and Partners
Gresham Smith
Nashville, Tennessee

Jim Baehr

Principal and Sr Project Manager Specializing in Sports Venues

As Principal and Senior Project Manager at Infinite Scale, Jim provides the foundation for each client project. As a trained graphic designer combined with an extensive background in working with architects, Jim brings an expert eye for the creative process together with an analytical approach to ensure that complex projects achieve both aesthetic and organizational success.

Jim Baehr, Infinite Scale
Infinite Scale
Salt Lake City

The Sustainable Challenges and Opportunities in Environmental Graphic Design

College of Design & Innovation
Tongji University

ABSTRACT
This paper examines the sustainable challenges and opportunities in environmental graphic design through the lens of two projects implemented in Shanghai. The first, a wayfinding program for the Shanghai South Railway Station, is a study in using EGD to support and enhance sustainable behavior. The second, a signage and EGD program for a practice center at Tongji University, demonstrates EGD’s ability to support cultural sustainability, particularly in the use of typography and symbols to connect users and create a unique sense of identity.

Inclusive, High Quality Decisions? Macro/Micro Design Impacts within our Everyday Experiences

School of Design
Rochester Institute of Technology

ABSTRACT
Age and physical ability are natural filters for assessing the successes of designed objects, messages, and experiences. Design problem solving contributes (or not) to the resolution of challenges faced by aging and/or physically challenged individuals as they interact with products and contexts in the built environment. This paper examines some design details, solutions, and situations that impact everyday inclusivity and quality of experience, and suggests approaches toward understanding and increasing interaction success for all of us.

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