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Agave Library Environmental Graphics

Agave Library

Branching Out

Hardworking graphics add punch to the community-centered design of the 21st century library.

Think of a public library, and what comes to mind? Perhaps the red-brick blocks of our youth, where fluorescent lighting cast a yellowish glow and anything above a whisper was strictly taboo? Fast-forward to today, and a slew of newly built libraries are conversation starters, awash in natural light, with vibrant colors and patterns beckoning card-holders to linger and explore.

Écocentre Sustainable Signage

Signs of Change

A small project for Montreal’s city-owned recycling centers teaches a large lesson about sustainability.

When you’re designing signs for a network of recycling centers, it’s probably a given that they’ll be created using recycled materials and environmentally friendly processes. So it’s no surprise that new signs for Montreal’s Écocentres—recycling drop-off sites located around the island—are made from retired roadway signs.

Los Angeles Police Department Memorial to Fallen Officers

Los Angeles Police Department Memorial to Fallen Officers

Badge of Honor

An officer’s badge inspires a shimmering tribute to the LAPD’s fallen officers.

Environmental graphic designers are most often called upon to convey concrete information in a visual language of form and material. It is a rare assignment that asks them to articulate abstract expressions such as reverence, solemnity, and commemoration.

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