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SEGD members face the Texas storms

The bad news just keeps coming and with another day that is likely to bring 10-12 inches more rain, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of our members in east Texas who are coping with the storm and resultant flooding.

30 Urban Linear Parks Projects Since 2000

Look no further than Paris' Promenade plantée, which was completed in 1993, to see where the trend of converting obsolete railways into beautiful urban green spaces originated. The real urban renewal linear park boom, however, happened in this century.

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.

2017 SEGD Insight Award Recipient M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

2017 SEGD Insight Award: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

GraphTec Banner

With GraphTec, our quality is our signature. Our professional craftsmen and management teams have worked with numerous graphic designers, architects, and general contractors all across the United States. Precise planning and detailed analysis on our part help insure that all your project objectives are achieved in a timely and quality fashion.

CORE Design studio was engaged with the concept development and design of a public art banner program for Houston's Downtown District, whose ongoing mission is "to collaboratively plan, manage, maintain and develop downtown Houston to make it a productive, inviting, safe, accessible, walkable, livable, interesting and always active urban place." The Figurative Poetics banner project involved collaborating with a variety of local, regional, well-known, school age and multilingual authors—all of whom provide a small glimpse into Houston’s rich cultural diversity.

Written Wor(l)ds was part of Creative Mapping, a special topics course that brought together University of Houston MFA/BFA Graphic Design, School of Art and MFA/PhD Creative Writing, Department of English. The Written Wor(l)ds exhibition set out to represent both the words and the worlds of selected literary texts.

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.

Reimagining human interactions, connectivity, and advertising.
We are technologists, media experts, engineers, designers, and strategists working together to create value for citizens, governments, and brands and improve life in cities around the globe. Our teams find new avenues to connect the digital and physical worlds to make our experiences more connected, more seamless, and more human.

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”.

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.

Taking majority ownership of the firm in 2011, Lee Jones has been working in the industry for 25 years; 20 of those at D|G Studios. Lee has provided both design and project management services for both Signage and Exhibit Design programs throughout his career. His strengths focus on the ability to form lasting professional relationships with clients fostering a collaborative, never say no attitude among D|G design and production staffs. Lee graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Industrial Design degree.

Melissa Schmitz, Vice President, HOK, Houston

Melissa Schmitz is a Project Manager and Vice President at HOK in Houston, Texas.

Before joining HOK, Melissa worked for the Design Office of Steve Neumann and Friends from 1994-2007.

Melissa Schmitz completed her BS Environmental Design, Architecture at North Dakota State University.

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See her work at HOK.

Philip LeBlanc

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

Hal Kantner's Sketchbook

Our Possibilities Sketchbook process can be summarized as rapid conceptualization through visual listening. The ideas generated in interviews and group discussions are turned into visual meeting notes. The sketchbook’s minimal investment in production allows all stakeholders’ ideas to live equally, side by side, inside a readily distributable, easily reviewable deliverable.

D|G Studios, Inc. is a Graphic Design firm with extensive experience providing comprehensive Signage/Wayfinding and Exhibit/Interpretative Design services.  Headquartered in Houston, D|G also has an office in Alexandria, Virginia. D|G provides integrated, multi-disciplined Graphic Design services that allow our clients to communicate within the built environment. We create systems that make our world more accessible and understandable and connect people to the built environment.

Catherine Colangelo, Business Manager, The Phillips Agency

Catherine Colangelo has worked for the Philips Agency since 1999 and presently holds the position of Business Manager.

Architecture and graphic design students at the University of Houston collaborated with a steel manufacturer and a local park to create a micro-pavilion to house a sound art installation. The project demonstrated the potential use of office cubicle waste for disaster relief housing.

James K Wheat, Design Director, Babendure Wheat Creative

James K Wheat is the Design Principal of Houston-based environmental graphic design firm Babendure Wheat Creative, specializing in signage, wayfinding, exhibit, and retail design. His past project experience includes hospitality, educational, aviation, GSA facilities, collegiate and professional sports stadia and arenas, healthcare and corporate facilities, campuses and headquarters.

Babendure Wheat Creative have offices in Houston and Dallas, Texas.

Rajkishori Desai, FMG Design, Inc.

Rajkishori Desai is a designer at FMG Group Inc.

Rajkishori Desai is a multi-disciplinary designer who has formal education in the fields of architecture, interior design, and communications design. Through her past work in multiple multi-disciplinary design firms, Rajkishori Desai has explored the medley of varied work typologies including architecture, interiors, furniture design, placemaking, wayfinding, graphic design, print design, and other explorations in the world of creative design.

Headshot of Ferdinand Meyer V, FMG Design

Founding Principal of FMG Design Inc, Houston, Texas

As a FMG Design founding principal, Ferdinand Meyer V has based his foundation and core design beliefs on combining disciplines to create extraordinary environments.

Mary Grems

As a FMG Design founding principal, Mary R. Grems has based her strong design direction on her schooling and influences in interior architecture, industrial design and graphic design.

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