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.
University of Houston College of Architecture and School of Art, Graphic Design
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.
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.
From touchscreens to handheld devices, the future of digital wayfinding is in your hands.
Long considered the flashy stepsister of traditional signage, digital signage has generally been known for its chameleon-like ability to convey multiple messages, loop promotions, or display ambient imagery. Think Times Square, highway billboards, and retail marketing. But although it can be big, bright, and bold, it’s had trouble getting outside the box.
This installation is half-inch thick, highly polished, etched and carved domestic crystal. The designer was inspired by the aesthetically intriguing horizontal graph and chart presentations that the Genome Project researchers have developed to map the human genome.
The consultant began the project with an in-depth analysis of the needs of patients, visitors, and the staff that serve them. The understanding cultivated during this intense analysis phase led to the development of a strategy that called for the creation of a unified and highly recognizable system to address the needs of users at every possible point of contact.