Information Design

Jin Chung, Information Designer, Gensler, Chicago

Jin Chung is an Information Designer in Gensler's Chicago studio.

For Gensler, design is the means. The starting points are goals, strategies and expectations, but they transcend them to create a new and better reality. Design is transformative. With more than 3,500 active clients, Gensler works across the global economy. Gensler's clients are remarkably diverse: large and small, private and public, for-profit and nonprofit. Gensler helps them grow, sustain and transform: whatever it takes to embrace their future.

Building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico was a focal point of the 2016 U.S. presidential election; the idea has turned attention to the border between the two countries but ignores the point that they coexist in a complex synergy. Designed in collaboration with FR-EE / Fernando Romero Enterprise in response to the official theme, “Utopia by Design,” “Border City” is the Mexico installation at the first annual London Design Biennale.

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Signature Design is a unique collaborative of planners, designers, writers, content developers, architects, model-makers, illustrators, and animators who seek to create a captivating experience for visitors to natural and cultural sites through the practice of interpretive planning and design. Since 1993, we have worked on projects big and small, public and private, indoors and outdoors. 

Michael Burns,  Quatrefoil Associates

Michael Burns is a design director at Quatrefoil Associates, a firm that specialities in exhibit design, fabrication, technology and innovation providing turnkey design and fabrication services to museums. Michael leads teams of skilled designers and engineers producing memorable and highly effective experiences for museums, zoos and aquariums. He is also director and founder of The Omnimuseum Project. The Omnimuseum Project is devoted to embracing the everyday world as a platform for informal learning and enrichment.

Ashley Amorison, BPI

Ashley Amorison is a Project Manager at BPI Boston Productions Inc., leading scrum teams to make fine art, technology, and functional design accessible for everyone. Recently breaking into interactive and interpretive design, Ashley brings intellectual curiosity to project work. Before her time at BPI, Ashley received her Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from NYU, and worked in various gallery and exhibit settings. She also received a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University, graduating Cum Laude.

Heather Testa, Principal, Ten8 Group, St. Louis MO

Heather Testa has over 31 years of experience working in the graphic, industrial, and environmental design fields. In 1997, she founded Ten8 Group with a vision of creating a company which would focus on using design to solve problems and build brand identities in a three-dimensional space. Ten8’s referral-based growth model and commitment to improving lives through thoughtful, intelligent design has established the company as a leader in the field of Environmental Graphic Design.

Colleen Hamilton from The Art of Context leads this course on Digital Directories, and making the leap from print to digital wayfinding in the context of Airports. Print directories have evolved into digital wayfinding systems. Paper maps and signs that are updated monthly are rapidly disappearing. Today's wayfinding systems are digital, easy to update and many allow users to customize the experience and take personalized directions with them.

Patrick Blanchard

Patrick Blanchard is an environmental graphic design intern at HOK. He received a Bachelors of Fine Art, Graphic Design at the University of Kansas. He also serves as a Jayhawk Inc Clerk at the KU Memorial Unions. His previous work includes a position as a communications coordinator at The Center for Community Outreach, Student Assistant, orientation coordinator, and resident assistant at Kansas University.

Samantha Langill

Designing brands that connect people with places.

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.

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Meeker & Associates was founded in 1985 by Donald Meeker. Although trained in design and fine arts, Meeker’s approach to design has been shaped by his experience as a community planner, his love of the outdoors, his work in public and corporate environmental graphic design with Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn, and his father’s influence as a structural engineer.

Cesar Sanchez

Cesar has over 20 years experience in the design and implementation of wayfinding systems. Currently the Director of Operations for Mijksenaar's US office. Previous experience includes Nice Kern, Arup and Twotwelve.

Cesar Sanchez is a multiple SEGD Global Design Awards winner and has been recognized for the excellence of his work by numerous other organizations.

He completed his Bachelor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, and undertook a User Experience Design Immersive at General Assembly. Along with an expert wayfinder, he is now dabbles in the digital arts.

Who are* Whitehouse & Company?

We are small. We are personal. We are a group of individuals that share a passion for design.

Formed in 1976, Whitehouse & Company has been around for thirty years, during which time we have worked with hundreds of clients, evolving design solutions of every shape and size. We treat all projects, no matter how large or small, with equal attention.

Dotdash was established in Brisbane, Australia in 1987 by designers Despina Macris and Mark Ross. Over the last 25 years we have completed over 4,000 projects for a diverse range of clients.

Despina Macris and Mark Ross now lead an interdisciplinary design team providing design services to assist people to find their way around public places - wayfinding design.

This work helps to establish the identity and legibility of places providing both social and commercial benefits to the community.

Jack Bryce Urban Design is a multi-disciplinary consultancy providing planning, design, and advisory services in urban design, signage & wayfinding and brand & identity.

Kyle Richter, RSM Design

Creating experiential architecture, signage, wayfinding and graphics for the built environment ​to ​connecting people to place​ and enhancing the guest experience​.

Kim Baer, KBDA

Kim Baer, principal of Los Angeles-based design studio KBDA, is a strong believer in the power of design as a strategic tool. Her firm has created research-driven work for clients as diverse as the Getty, Amgen, Hyatt, Nike, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Inner-City Arts, the Skirball Cultural Center, and the LA Philharmonic.

KBDA specializes in helping organizations hone their positioning and messaging. Once that messaging has been crafted, KBDA is well known for its focus on audience experience, whether that is expressed online, in print, or in a 3D environment.

Clearview by Donald S. Meeker and Richard Montalbano

By anyone’s standards, the work of Don Meeker—activist and information designer—has touched the lives of more people than any other in his era. Don Meeker is SEGD's 2015 Fellow.

Klaus Bjerager has worked with IA and wayfinding over the years in two different capacities: as an information architect (both in the "traditional" analog way and as defined by Morville and Rosenfield for the web) and as an educator.

Michael Courtney

Michael Courtney is Principal-in-Charge and Creative Director of Michael Courtney Design, Seattle.

Katie Osborn is the Founder, Principal, and Wayfinding Strategist for Via Collective, formerly The Office of Katie Osborn.

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Lucy Holmes, Creative Director of Holmes Wood, graduated with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design. She joined Pentagram Design in 1991 and spent four years working as part of David Hillman’s team.

Holmes Wood created a new wayfinding scheme for Oxford Brookes University that complements its new architecture and a modernized attitude toward teaching.

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"Its all about creating a compelling and memorable audience experience." Greg Neely is a founding principal of Forge Design in Toronto, Ontario.

Oscar Valdez is a design director at Adoptive. Oscar tells stories through a visual language.

Originally studying children’s book illustration, he spent his formative years in Los Angeles, working at boutique design studios and established web properties. Oscar was immersed in the art of storytelling and media even before graduating college, creating digital animations, brand identity, and what is now called user-centered design.

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