Graphic Design + Architecture, a 20th Century History
Richard Poulin's long-awaited Graphic Design + Architecture, A 20th-Century History examines the often overlooked union of graphic design and the built environment in the context of artistic, social, and cultural movements and influences of the 20th century. Released in November 2012, Graphic Design + Architecture is the first publication of its kind to provide a detailed historical overview of the pairing of these two disciplines.
The Mobius Science Center is a new, 26,000-square-foot museum featuring 65 self-guided, interactive science exhibits. Its mission is to cultivate a love for science and technology among 8- to 12-year-olds by making science fun.
Renate led the board, staff, and community through planning, design and production of 12,000 sq. ft. of innovative hands-on exhibits and experiences for the new museum. The open-floor facility encourages unscripted, experiential learning through self-discovery. Clean lines, sleek surfaces, and an industrial atmosphere evoke a high-tech feel.
Launched to mark the 150th anniversary of the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Modern Slavery: Human Trafficking in the United States challenges visitors to confront the fact that slavery exists in our time, and now holds more people than were held at the height of the transatlantic slave trade.
The Natural History Museum of Utah has created a remarkably integrated suite of design components: the Ennead-designed building nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Range, a series of 10 interconnected exhibitions designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates that resonate with the natural setting, an interior and exterior wayfinding program by Poulin + Morris, brand identity by Infinite Scale, and landscape architecture by Design Workshop.
At Olson, connection is all that counts. For creativity to become contagious, it must first be human. Slated to be the largest advertising agency in Minneapolis, the rapidly expanding Olson enlisted Gensler to interpret its strategies for a design solution structured on Olson Brand Anthropology. Olson secured 125,000 square feet within Minneapolis’s historic Ford Center building, and the design team was tasked with allowing the industrial character to shine through.
The National Building Museum’s exhibition PLAY.WORK.BUILD takes visitors through an investigation of the history of construction toys and block play, combining the museum’s unique architectural toy collection with the Rockwell Group’s Imagination Playground concept.
Shop Life exists at the intersection of culture and commerce. Working closely with the Tenement Museum, Potion designed an interactive counter where products tell the stories of the shops that once sold them. Shop Life is the first interactive installation ever incorporated into the historic museum.
How could wayfinding signage be designed to not only help people get from one place to another, but also help them learn about the layout of their environment along the way? Michaela Skiles, a student at Middlebury College (Middlebury, Vt.) investigated this question through a two-stage project of design and evaluation, completed over the course of her undergraduate geography thesis and published in the Cartographic Journal.