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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 is a founding partner of the graphic design and information design Consulting firm Nice Kern LLC. Nice Kern specializes in signage, wayfinding systems, information design and branding projects. Nice Kern offers Design and Consulting for Wayfinding Programs, Sign design, site assessments, technical design and implementation oversight of sign programs. Environmental graphics branding, business collateral materials and website design.