Michael Courtney Design

Michael Courtney Design

Michael Courtney Design (MCD) is a Seattle-based design and brand alignment firm developing experiential graphics, identities, print and digital solutions.

Michael Courtney Design clients range from Fortune 100 companies to emerging businesses and represent a wide spectrum of categories: health care, business-to-consumer, real estate, professional services, hospitality, entertainment, retail, higher education and cultural, arts and civic institutions.

Frances Terry

Frances Terry is a Senior Designer and Project Manager at Michael Courtney Design with 15+ years of experience in graphic design with an extensive background in environmental graphic design, exhibit design, print and web graphics. Frances Terry has extensive experience from concept to completion for multi-million dollar new construction wayfinding and code signage including planning, design, construction documentation, fabrication supervision and construction administration.

Frances Terry, Senior Designer and Project Manager, Michael Courtney Design

2018 Podcast | Designing Donor and Story Walls


Designing Donor Recognition and Story Walls

Learn the design process for developing effective donor recognition and story walls for your clients. Michael Courtney Design (Seattle) with share their design process and client engagement methodology for creating the appropriate strategy, visual system, material application, and integration for this type of signage that can be be thoughtfully planned and installed at visitors centers, museums, corporate environments, campuses and educational facilities.

Washington State Convention Center Offers a Warm Wayfinding Welcome

Washington State Convention Center Wayfinding (Michael Courtney Design)

After 30 years of patchwork facility expansions and Frankensteined signage, wayfinding at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle needed a new vision. Michael Courtney Design created a friendly and cohesive “concierge” wayfinding program that elevates the guest experience for more than 400,000 annual visitors. The program greets and guides them with a warm welcome, a clean and consistent design language and flexible digital components.

Wayfinding Easter Eggs in Seattle’s South Lake Union

Wayfinding, South Lake Union, Seattle (Michael Courtney Design)

Michael Courtney Design’s long-time client—a Fortune 100 tech company—had begun building a neighborhood in Seattle’s revitalized South Lake Union area. They needed a wayfinding system to guide an eventual 27,000 employees to offices and amenities in a 30-sq.-block area. And they had two requirements: Don’t use our name on the signs, but do add “Easter eggs,” moments of surprise and delight, to the wayfinding. Grab your basket, we're going hunting.


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