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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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