segdDESIGN No. 31

Vancouver International Airport Exhibitions and Environmental Graphics

In Transition

Breaking out of their role as generic waystations, airports are creating compelling experiences with public art, interpretive storytelling, and environmental graphics.

Many of us are filled with dread at the thought of having to spend an inordinate amount of time at an airport. We try to plan our arrival just right, negotiating road conditions, check-in lines, security procedures, restroom stops, and quick caffeine fixes. If we cruise up to the gate just as we hear our boarding call announced over the loudspeakers, we’ve won a major victory.

Plainsboro Public Library

Branching Out

Hardworking graphics add punch to the community-centered design of the 21st century library.

Think of a public library, and what comes to mind? Perhaps the red-brick blocks of our youth, where fluorescent lighting cast a yellowish glow and anything above a whisper was strictly taboo? Fast-forward to today, and a slew of newly built libraries are conversation starters, awash in natural light, with vibrant colors and patterns beckoning card-holders to linger and explore.

Agave Library Environmental Graphics

Agave Library

Branching Out

Hardworking graphics add punch to the community-centered design of the 21st century library.

Think of a public library, and what comes to mind? Perhaps the red-brick blocks of our youth, where fluorescent lighting cast a yellowish glow and anything above a whisper was strictly taboo? Fast-forward to today, and a slew of newly built libraries are conversation starters, awash in natural light, with vibrant colors and patterns beckoning card-holders to linger and explore.

Écocentre Sustainable Signage

Signs of Change

A small project for Montreal’s city-owned recycling centers teaches a large lesson about sustainability.

When you’re designing signs for a network of recycling centers, it’s probably a given that they’ll be created using recycled materials and environmentally friendly processes. So it’s no surprise that new signs for Montreal’s Écocentres—recycling drop-off sites located around the island—are made from retired roadway signs.

Subscribe to RSS - segdDESIGN No. 31