Stephanie Pryor is an art director at Michael Graves Architecture and Design. She believes that graphic design represents the intersection of business and art. Her mission as Art Director at MGA&D is to successfully communicate information and inspire individuals through graphic design.
To commemorate the new Louis A. Simpson International Building, we were asked to create a distinctive spatial identity that celebrates Princeton University’s international approach to education and research. We designed a floor installation that spans three levels and 7200 sq. ft., featuring quotations from global authors. The concentric pattern comprises thousands of dots, lines, and silver vinyl letters sealed beneath permanent coats of epoxy and matte polyurethane to appear engraved directly onto the tile.
Spanning six galleries and 200 years, "Historic Morven: A Window Into America’s Past" is a permanent exhibition at Morven Museum & Garden that tells the story of America through the history of the house. The exhibition includes stories of its most famous dwellers—founding fathers, entrepreneurs, and New Jersey governors—but also, for the first time, poignant and heroic accounts of women revolutionaries, people of color, servants, and slaves.
Princeton posed a difficult problem: Create a “marker” to celebrate President Woodrow Wilson that deals effectively with both his positive and negative qualities. The University’s ambivalence is antithetical to the time-honored tradition of unequivocally revering leaders.
The site is a plaza in front of the Wilson School of Government building, designed by Monoru Yamasaki. A large sculpture in the fountain was existing; Princeton stipulated that the fountain, the sculpture and all existing trees were to remain.
Princeton Public Library needed a new brand identity that was simple, clever, and easily translated into a comprehensive branding program to include signage, stationery, and brochure system. They also needed to compete with the popularity of large chain bookstores and avoid any confusion with the nearby Princeton University Library. The architectural solution was to make the new building retail in concept – with lounge seating, music listening stations, and a coffee bar – and the environmental graphic design package follows this approach.
Universally recognized graphic symbols, such as those used to delineate parking spaces and other facilities for individuals who are physically handicapped, can be an effective tool for communicating important information to individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). The aim of this project was to design a set of graphic symbols that would be easily understood and, ultimately could be universally recognized for use in health care environments to aid LEP visitors.