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Kim Cao is a Project Manager and Senior Designer with FMG Design in Houston
Kim Cao

Kim Cao is a Project Manager and Senior Designer with FMG Design in Houston.

Prior to joining FMG in 2008, Kim Cao worked as an intern for the studio while attending the University of Houston studying architecture and interior design. Since coming on board, Kim Cao has worked on a wide spectrum of projects and has become highly experienced in graphic design, environmental graphics and wayfinding.

Duane Farthing is a Project Manager and Senior Designer at FMG Design in Houston
Duane Farthing

Duane Farthing is a Project Manager and Senior Designer at FMG Design in Houston.

Duane Farthing has over 25 years of graphic design experience in the environmental graphic design field. Duane Farthing has extensive design and project management experience gained from developing signage programs for all types of Environmental Graphic Design projects.

Zara Zefeldt is a Project Manager and Designer with FMG Design in Houston
Zara Zefeldt

Zara Zefeldt is a Project Manager and Designer with FMG Design in Houston.

Prior to joining FMG in 2016, Lara Zefeldt worked for a large sign manufacturing company in Houston as a project manager and designer, overseeing and creating numerous projects from conceptual design to final installation.

Ryan Keene is the Vice President and Studio Director at FMG Design in Houston
Ryan Keene

Ryan Keene is the Vice President and Studio Director at FMG Design in Houston.

Ryan has been with FMG Design for 11 years. Before that he worked for the Douglas Group.

Sasha Ichoonsigy is a Graphic Designer at the Houston Zoo
Sasha Ichoonsigy

Sasha Ichoonsigy is a Graphic Designer at the Houston Zoo

Sasha Ichoonsigy was born in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to the U.S. with her family in 1995. She grew up in Houston, Texas, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at the University of Houston

Ashley Ayres is an Experiential Graphic Designer at FMG Design in Houston, Texas
Ashley Ayres

Ashley Ayres is an Experiential Graphic Designer at FMG Design in Houston, Texas.

Artists in every medium gather a great deal of inspiration from their personal experiences. I'm a designer that enjoys providing experiences for the public, and if I have lead someone in the right direction, physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually, I feel as though I have done my job well.

Before joining FMG Design Ashley Ayres worked for D|G Studios, Pennebaker, Hill Design and Adcetera.

SEGD members face the Texas storms
Our Thoughts Are With You, Texas Members

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
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 Sets Sights on its Second Decade

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 Recipient M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

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

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GraphTec

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.

En-Gulf—Ecopoetics of the Gulf and Bay

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Written Wor(l)ds

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

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.

Figurative Poetics Downtown Banners

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.

Intersection

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
Formation Welcomes Chris Fohlin as Managing Director

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
Human-Focused Wayfinding Strategy at 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”.

Texas Children’s Hospital Wayfinding

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.

Formation

Profile
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.

Lee Jones

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
Melissa Schmitz

Melissa Schmitz, Brand Integration Team Leader for Kirksey Architecture based in Houston, TX.

Philip LeBlanc
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
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.

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.

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