New York

The Rocky Horror Show

Merit Award
The Rocky Horror Show, Jordan Roth, Rockwell Group

The stage is set up to resemble a run-down, neglected old-time movie palace, a tribute to "B" movies of the fifties, complete with dilapidated theater seats, an art deco chandelier and a richly sculpted proscenium arch. The proscenium splits apart, collapses, and tracks off left and right; the movie seats flip upside down and disappear, and the scrim is pulled down to reveal a distorted metal grid wall in front of the onstage band.

Rockwell Group

World Trade Center Memorial

Merit Award
World Trade Center Memorial, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design, Carrie Helle

This memorial is meant to capture a moment from the morning of September 11, a day that stands strongly in everyone's mind. The beginning of the memorial, essentially "ground zero," was designed so visitors walk through a path of destruction. Obstacles in their way will be life-size sculptures of people running from the towers and helping others, demolished vehicles, fire trucks, and other emergency vehicles. There will also be briefcases, cell phones, facemasks, and paper scattered on the ground.

Carrie Helle

AMTRAK's Acela

Merit Award
AMTRAK's Acela, AMTRAK/National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Calori & Vanden-Eynden

AMTRAK's Acela Specialty Station Signage Program. The Acela signage breaks new ground in the branding arena. Rather than being logotype-driven, the program derives its branding strength from its sculptural forms.

Calori & Vanden-Eynden

Good Grief!

Merit Award
Good Grief!, Children's Museum of Manhattan Exhibitions Department

In celebration of the genius of Charles M. Schulz, familiar characters Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and Linus step into the third dimension, leading children and families on a fun journey through childhood trials and tribulations. A retrospective gallery of comic strips chronicle five decades of Schulz's work on panels that incorporate display cases of vintage Peanuts memorabilia. The design team faced the challenge of creating a highly interactive, three-dimensional world from a two-dimensional comic strip.

Children's Museum of Manhattan Exhibitions Department

Tom Geismar

2002 SEGD Fellow

Tom Geismar is a founding partner of Chermayeff & Geismar and widely considered a pioneer of American graphic design. During the past four decades he has designed more than 100 corporate identity programs. His designs for Xerox, Chase Manhattan Bank, Best Products, Gemini Consulting, PBS, Univision, Rockefeller Center and, most notably, Mobil Oil have received worldwide acclaim.

Tom Geismar, Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv
Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv
New York, NY

Rose Center for Earth and Space

Merit Award
Rose Center for Earth and Space, Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Linking the planetarium and the museum intellectually and architecturally while creating a seamless integration of the subject with its architecture was the design intent at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. The exhibit takes visitors on journeys through time, size, formation, and evolution, inspiring awe and the desire to learn more about the cosmos. The collaborative design process engaged architects, scientists, and educators with the design team to enrich the experience and generate special insights that are reflected the interpretive program.

Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Ralph Appelbaum

2000 SEGD Fellow

Ralph Appelbaum has 25 years of involvement in every facet of museum and exhibition design. His renowned work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Museum of Natural History has won every major design award, and he has served as an advisor to foundations, philanthropies, and heads of state around the world.

Ralph Appelbaum, Ralph Appelbaum Associates NY, RAANY
New York, NY

The Genomic Age

Jury Award
The Genomic Age, Parsons School of Design, Christian Marc Schmidt

"The Genomic Age" is a fictitious outdoor exhibition in New York City's Union Square Park, open to the general public; the exhibition focuses on the social impact of genetic research, making scientific research in the field accessible and understandable to people of every age group. The exhibition is divided into five categories: Gene Therapy & Medical Treatments, Our Genetic Identity: The Human Genome, Genetic Research: Laboratory Technologies, Reshaping our Environment: Genetically Modified Organisms, and Our Future: Ethics & Predictions.

Christian Marc Schmidt

AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers Exhibit

Lot with a Little Award
AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers Exhibit, Chermayeff & Geismar

The challenge was to make a compelling exhibit – fifty of the best books and fifty of the best covers – appealing to AIGA members who had seen many of these exhibits in the past.

Chermayeff & Geismar chose a very simple color palette – white, black, gray, and orange – and tried to make single large design moves using as much space as possible. The books themselves do the communicating; visitors can pick up each item on display and there are plenty of well-designed captions to answer questions.

Chermayeff & Geismar

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