The 94-year old Monsanto Company wanted to shed its image as giant chemical maker and re-engineer itself as a kinder, gentler "Life Sciences" start-up. It was the task of the designers to create a thematic scheme that would allow an effective design solution of essential elements such as visibility, legibility, and flexibility, all without compromising creativity. The goal was to create a wayfinding communication system that would give information to others and get people where they want to go while presenting a meaningful interpretation of identity.
This exhibition of the work of a major graphic design practice from Australia took place in an art gallery, reflecting how graphic design and art engage in a continuing dialog. The installation is based on a tangram – a Chinese puzzle – in which a square is divided into a parallelogram, a square and five triangles. The exhibit viewer is a vital participant in the production of meaning; how people individually move around the installation, circulate, view, read, and listen affect how they interpret information.
This vertical big box shopping complex includes four stories of big box retail and eight stories of parking – creating a number of challenges. The designers broke the mold by designing a sign system that required retailers to abandon their typical internally illuminated plastic signs for signage that would become the skin of the building. For example, signs for Target and Best Buy were layers of painted, welded wire attached to a chain link wall and set in front of the building's corrugated metal wall. It is large in scale but doesn't dominate the landscape.
Located in the Hato Rey district of San Juan, Plaza Las Americas shopping center has recently undergone a $210 million renovation and expansion. The design blends the climate, culture, heritage, and plants and flowers of the region into an array of tropical sights, sounds, and experiences in the form of several themed courts. These unique themed environments include a tropical rainforest, flora, fauna, stars, rain, and the arrival of Christopher Columbus.
Inspired by retro-modernism, but without overt reference, Pod is an all white space painted with colored lights. The restaurant features pods (individual spaces), from deuce pods along the dining perimeter, to pods for six to ten people that have internally illuminated color changing table tops. Some design features that make Pod so unique are the high gloss white epoxy walls, acoustic foam ceilings, creamy concrete floor, dipped rubber chairs, and a thirty foot red rubber lounge barge.
Linking the planetarium and the museum intellectually and architecturally while creating a seamless integration of the subject with its architecture was the design intent at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. The exhibit takes visitors on journeys through time, size, formation, and evolution, inspiring awe and the desire to learn more about the cosmos. The collaborative design process engaged architects, scientists, and educators with the design team to enrich the experience and generate special insights that are reflected the interpretive program.
This wayfinding and station identification sign program was developed for the new San Mateo CalTrain station, located on the heavily traveled San Francisco-South Bay commuter rail line. The design challenge involved developing a station graphics program that would conform to CalTrain standards and provide enhanced user safety and accessibility while complementing the new station's historically influenced architectural design.
Working with historians and archivists, BJ Krivanek researched California history and recent social contexts to develop an environmental art program that builds upon the urban design of the campus, siting a program of environmental elements within a metaphoric landscape.