“Me Too”

Merit Award 2016
“Me Too”

For her MFA Student Fall Thesis project in the MFA Graphic and Interactive Design Program at Temple University, Karen Watkins responded to a topic prompt on empathy.

Karen Watkins, MFA Candidate, Graphic and Interactive Design

Open Source

Honor Award 2016
Open Source

Open Source is the largest international art exhibition in Philadelphia’s history, with impactful public art installations created by 14 renowned international artists and 40 events throughout October 2015––positioning the city as an enlightened leader in the global art community.

As part of the exhibition, 14 new public artworks were installed throughout Philadelphia by international artists including JR and Shepard Fairey. The artists engaged with local communities to inform their project directions, some being participatory in the art-making.

Solving the Healthcare Wayfinding Puzzle with Research and Empathy

Brigham & Women's Hospital Wayfinding (Cloud Gehshan Associates)

With a background in human factors and cognition as well as design, Virginia Gehshan, FSEGD, has directed Cloud Gehshan Associates’ wayfinding programs for numerous healthcare facilities, campuses, park systems and cities. Her practice is founded on a user-centered approach that employs rigorous research and analysis, a methodical design process—and the recognition that empathy, not signs, is the most important element in wayfinding.

How Wayfinding Can Help Revive an Aging Transportation Infrastructure

Philadelphia's 30th Street Station

Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station is an exceptional example of some of the railroad industry's most ambitious construction projects, and an historical landmark as well. With rail travel increasing double digits in the coming years, updating wayfinding programs in older transit centers like this one is increasingly important. Calori & Vanden-Eynden developed new signage and wayfinding that would ease travel for 21st century commuters, but be sympathetic to this 100-year-old structure.

Philadelphia's Winterfest

Join us for a fun and informative evening at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. Karen Thompson, Planner/Project Manager, and Emma Fried-Cassorla, Communications Manager for the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, will lead us through their process of how this seasonal favorite comes together graphically and experientially. After the tour we can all gather for a happy hour by the fire and recap on what a great year this has been. 

Interactive Media and Digital Storytelling at the Penn Museum

Native American Voices at Penn Museum

When the Penn Museum launched its long-term exhibition Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now, its goal was to challenge some common misconceptions by showing how today’s Native American leaders are creating political, religious, linguistic, and artistic independence. A suite of interactives by Bluecadet (Philadelphia) helps tell those stories.


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