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Cat Kirk

Cat Kirk is a Creative Lead at Open, an independent design studio that creates rewarding experiences for people that look, read, and think. 

Cat Kirk is a multidisciplinary designer having worked with environmental, motion, and UI design. She graduated with a BFA from The Cooper Union with The Henry Dropkin Award for Excellence in Graphic Design. She also studied information design at the Universität der Künste Berlin. In 2016,

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New York

2016 SEGD Global Design Awards: Creative Experiential Designs that Communicate

WASHINGTON, DC – In a world that is increasingly complex visually, designers are experimenting with ways to enhance users’ enjoyment of the “real” world with creative experiential designs that communicate. Operating at the intersection of communications and the built environment, the field of experiential design embraces a wide range of disciplines including graphic design, architectural, interior, landscape, digital and industrial design.

Riverdale Country School Learning Complex

Merit Award 2016
Riverdale Country School Learning Complex

The Riverdale Country School is currently building a new home for its third, fourth and fifth graders. Designed by Architecture Research Office (ARO), the completed halls and classrooms (and floors) will feature graphic interventions designed by Open, developed specifically to prompt learning and inspire curiosity among its youngest audience yet. While construction happens over the next school year, though, the students needed a place to learn—and call their own.

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Brown University Friedman Study Center Signage

Merit Award
Brown University Friedman Study Center Signage, Open

Built in 1971, the Sciences Library at Brown University is the kind of building you see at a lot of colleges: big, bold, and modern, but not warm or comfortable—and not well loved by many people on campus. In 2006, Brown decided to convert the first three levels of the building into the Susan P. and Richard A. Friedman Study Center. Open 24 hours a day, the center offers a variety of spaces where students can work, gather, and collaborate.

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Yale University Art Gallery Signage

Merit Award
Yale University Art Gallery Signage, Open

Louis Kahn’s 1953 Yale University Art Gallery building is one of the first examples of Kahn’s distinctive style. Located across the street from the British Art Center, one of Kahn’s last buildings, the Gallery (known as the Kahn building) is an architectural landmark in the city of New Haven. As part of a decade-long restoration by Polshek Partnership Architects, Open developed a comprehensive signage system guided by two basic principles. First, all of the signage needed to be reversible so that the original condition of the building could be restored.

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