Museums

Powerhouse Museum Wayfinding and Graphics

Merit Award
Powerhouse Museum Wayfinding and Graphics, Frost Design

Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum is an iconic facility sited in an old power station. Since opening in 1988, the museum’s original wayfinding system had been added to many times, becoming fragmented and no longer meeting functional requirements or communicating the appropriate image for a contemporary, dynamic museum.

Frost Design was invited to design a new internal wayfinding system, integrating identification and directional signage to facilities, temporary exhibits, and the museum’s permanent collection.

Frost Design

The Pennsylvania Military Museum

Jury Award
The Pennsylvania Military Museum, Purdy O'Gwynn Architects, Inc.

The Pennsylvania Military Museum was an under-attended facility occupying a popular and well-used site. (Located 300 yards back from a major highway, the museum was often mistaken for a storage facility.) Beyond adding needed visitor amenity and gallery space to the museum's interior, the architects employed environmental graphic design to broaden the significance of the building as an object in the landscape.

 

Purdy O'Gwynn Architects, Inc.

Museum of Arts and Design

Honor Award
Museum of Arts and Design, Pentagram

The Museum of Arts and Design in New York collects and presents contemporary and historic innovations in craft, art, and design. The museum opened its new home at Two Columbus Circle in September 2008. As part of the museum's relocation, MAD commissioned Pentagram to create static and dynamic interior and exterior signage and wayfinding as well as a suite of interactive interpretive media for the galleries.

Pentagram

Maxxi National Museum of XXI Century Arts

Honor Award
Maxxi National Museum of XXI Century Arts, ma:design SRL

MAXXI, the Zaha Hadid-designed national museum of contemporary art in Rome, opened in May 2010. Hadid created a building characterized by sinuous and geometric shapes, volumes that separate from the main building to overlook the city, exposed cement, modulation of natural light, and the use of white in all its shades.

The MAXXI Foundation wanted the signage system to provide essential information in a clear, visible, but non-invasive way. Ma:design conceived the signage system to reflect the architectural concepts of using light/shadow, full/empty, and rigid/organic shapes.

ma:design SRL

Holmes Wood - V&A Podcast Series

Image of the Holmes Wood Studio staff

Holmes Wood (London) was featured as part of a new podcast series by the Victoria and Albert Museum. In Episode 7 of V&A Podcasts, Holmes Wood Principals Lucy Holmes and Alex Wood, along with Moira Gemmill (Director of Projects, Planning & Estate for the V&A and a member of the SEGD Board of Directors) were interviewed about their work on the museum’s wayfinding and information graphics.

Museu Fundação Oriente

Merit Award
Museu Fundação Oriente, JLCG Arquitecto, P-06 Atelier

Lisbon’s new Orient Museum opened in 2008 in a former warehouse. P-06 Atelier developed the museum’s corporate identity, communication display system, and wayfinding system and supports, in addition to a chromatic study of the building, the opening campaign (press, TV, and outdoors), and all communication products including books, tickets, and merchandising.

P-06 Atelier

For A Sweet New Year

Jury Award
For A Sweet New Year, The Jewish Museum, Cooper Joseph Studio

Although store-window design is in itself a genre, an emphasis on selling merchandise often dominates the visual theme. To celebrate the Jewish New Year at The Jewish Museum in New York, the curator wanted to use the museum’s windows as a means to celebrate (and, in a way, advertise, the Jewish New Year). She requested something playful, but reflective of the educational mission of the museum and respectful of the building’s historic façade.

Cooper Joseph Studio

Fake Art Museum

Merit Award
Fake Art Museum, Andalou University, Turkey, Ceyda Artun and Dilek Erdogan

As part of their environmental graphic design course in Andalou University’s Graphic Design Masters Program, Ceyda Artun and Dilek Erdogan were challenged to transform the school’s Fine Arts Faculty Canteen into “something more inspirational, interactive, and educational.”

GRA521 Environmental Graphic Design course, Anadolu University, Institute of Fine Arts, Graphic Design Masters Program

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