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Edsel and Eleanor Ford House Visitor Center

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House Visitor Center

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Summer is here, and it’s vacation time! Come along with SEGD as we visit the historic Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. The new Visitor Center introduces the public to the lives of Edsel and Eleanor Ford through interactive exhibits designed by Luci Creative and the Richard Lewis Media Group.

Contributor Franck Mercurio learns more about this house museum designed for 21st Century audiences.

Beyond the Binary: Setting the Wayfinding Standard for Inclusive Restrooms

Beyond the Binary: Setting the Wayfinding Standard for Inclusive Restrooms

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The presenters at SEGD’s upcoming 2021 Wayfinding + Placemaking virtual conference (June 23-24) will explore topics about connecting people to place while navigating cultural sensitivities and nuances. Carla Ramirez Sosa and Anna de Jonge of Mijksenaar will present on a particularly challenging topic: the role of wayfinding in the implementation of inclusive public restrooms. Here’s a preview of their presentation scheduled for June 23.

Graphic Life: Michael Gericke, Celebrating Places, Telling Stories and Making Symbols

Graphic Life: Michael Gericke, Celebrating Places, Telling Stories and Making Stories

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Images Publishing releases a new book featuring the work of graphic designer Michael Gericke, celebrating his 35+ year career at Pentagram. Michael will be a keynote speaker, sharing his book and approach to his work at the SEGD 2021 Wayfinding + Placemaking virtual conference this month on June 23rd & 24th.

A Tribute to Al Salm

A Tribute to Al Salm

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SEGD and the museum exhibition community lost a dedicated advocate for excellence in design and fabrication this past month, Al Salm. Al served as president of CREO Exhibits, a division of CREO Industrial Arts, a custom fabricator located outside Seattle, Washington. As the division’s leader, Al was responsible for facilitating exhibit-related projects for museums, cultural centers, zoos and aquariums. Al Salm (1968–2021) a well-loved and much respected member of the SEGD passed away on May 5, 2021 after a long battle with cancer.

Rina Alfonso: Studio Aorta Founder and New SEGD Member

Rina Alfonso Osawa

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How many SEGD members also have black belts in Kendo? At least one! Meet Rina Alfonso, the fourth and final new member to be interviewed for SEGD’s Membership Month. Rina is the founder and creative director of Studio Aorta, a woman-and-minority owned creative studio based in Washington, DC. Contributing writer Franck Mercurio spoke with Rina to learn more about the challenges—and rewards—of starting a new design business.

Yann Follain: Singapore Designer and New SEGD Member

Yann Follain: Singapore Designer and New SEGD Member

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Although headquartered in the United States, SEGD is an international organization with over 1,500 members representing 35 different countries. To recognize and celebrate this diversity, SEGD is highlighting some of our new international members including Yann Follain of the design firm WY-TO. Originally from France, Yann currently makes his home in Singapore, where his clients include Singapore’s National Gallery. SEGD contributor, Franck Mercurio, interviews Yann to learn more about the Singapore design scene.

Lindsay Jonker: Real Estate Developer and New SEGD Member

Lindsay Jonker: Real Estate Developer and New SEGD Member

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Would you be surprised to learn that not all SEGD members are experience designers? Many come from other fields, such as real estate development and management. In recognition and celebration of May Membership Month, contributing writer Franck Mercurio interviews Lindsay Jonker, a new SEGD member, and an associate principal at DaVinci Development Collaborative. Read why Lindsay, a former architect and current real estate developer, decided to become an SEGD member.

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