Formation

Formation Sets Sights on Next 10 years

Formation (Houston) has built a diverse portfolio of work in their first decade. From large-scale planning and implementation projects for nationally-recognized institutions to identity development for local brands, their work is shaping and improving outcomes across the country.

Erich Theaman

Erich Theaman is a senior associate at Formation, a design office that relentlessly pursues solutions with a sense of purpose, adaptability and appropriate response. We approach each problem through a process and interplay of research, strategy and design.

With 13 years of experience, Erich Theaman is an incredibly knowledgeable resource of design best practices, code documentation and planning/logistics. His expertise in documentation, ethnographic research and production methods have made him a natural leader.

Chris Fohlin head shot

Chris has worked with brands like Samsung, Columbia University Medical Center, InVision, Levi’s, American Folk Art Museum, Knox College, Associated Press, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Blue Man Group and Tumblr.

Image from Texas Children's Hospital

Lauded by the 2016 SEGD Global Design Awards jury as a "true example of a human-focused project," Formation's assessment of the existing conditions and user satisfaction with wayfinding at Texas Children's Hospital's established an alternative reading of the hospital's “sensory landscape”.

WASHINGTON, DC – In a world that is increasingly complex visually, designers are experimenting with ways to enhance users’ enjoyment of the “real” world with creative experiential designs that communicate. Operating at the intersection of communications and the built environment, the field of experiential design embraces a wide range of disciplines including graphic design, architectural, interior, landscape, digital and industrial design.

In fiscal year 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) began withholding a portion of hospital payments based on their performance. CMS makes adjustments to measures and domain weights each year to reflect an emphasis on those areas most in need of improved performance. Four domains will impact up to 2% of a hospital’s Medicare reimbursement in FFY 2017: process of care (core measures), patient experience (HCAHPS), efficiency of care and outcomes.

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Problem solving is achieved through critical, objective thinking, which results in solutions that are both aesthetically pleasing and functionally proficient. This approach provides a vantage point that addresses the user’s emotional and physical needs.

We understand, plan and design content within the context of the entire experience, managing outcomes, not features. We believe great design is the unifying thread to a great experience.

Philip LeBlanc

"My design aesthetic can be summed up by my love for tree houses. An environment that delights, transports and inspires."

Formation (The Woodlands, Texas) announced new projects based in Houston and Galveston, Texas. The company, founded in 2006, will be working on environmental graphic design projects for the Baylor College of Medicine’s McNair Campus, Black Walnut Café, Moody Gardens Hotel, and First City Tower Garage.

Formation (The Woodlands, Texas) announced new projects based in Houston and Galveston, Texas: Baylor College of Medicine McNair Campus, Black Walnut Café, Moody Gardens Hotel, and First City Garage.Formation’s recent projects have included the Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, Ohio); the  CHOC Children's Hospital (Orange, Calif.); Cypress Circle, Houston Zoo; Le Bonheur Children's
 (Memphis, Tenn.); and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
(The Woodlands, Texas).

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