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Bathroom Signs: The Accidental Power of Design

What seems obvious, has been excluded from our codes due to a solution to a social idea 150 years ago.

7 Ideas for Gender Neutral Bathroom Icons

It's been a hot topic for some time, but perhaps it is time that Experiential Graphic Design made an appropriate recommendation?

 

Discovery Elementary School
Wayfinding as Placemaking at Discovery Elementary School

Discovery Elementary School is the first new elementary school to be built in Arlington, Virginia in more than a decade. The design team from VMDO Architects successfully created a kid-centric, place-based, wayfinding narrative that went beyond navigation to support a larger vision of spatial interaction.

The Accessible Icon Project

Can we design a truly inclusive accessibility icon asks Scott Kirkwood on aiga.org in this update/summary of the universal access symbol.

Wayfinding at Deloitte Montreal
Agile Wayfinding for Deloitte Montreal

The new La Tour Deloitte is the first privately owned office tower built in Montréal in 20 years. Deloitte’s Montreal staff occupies 153,000 sq. ft. of the 26-story tower, spanning seven floors in a completely agile work environment that required a new approach to wayfinding.

Mies Hora
Mies Hora

Mies Hora has had a long, multi-disciplinary career in the design field, where his decades of experience include corporate identity, branding, positioning, advertising, web design, publications and print media, mobile device applications, product and interface design, environmental graphics, wayfinding and videography/photography for a wide variety of clients.

Accessibility Symbol the Center of Political Debate

The international symbol for accessibility is again the center of a political debate, with some states insisting on the more active version.

Meeker & Associates Hero Image
Meeker and Associates

Meeker & Associates was founded in 1985 by Donald Meeker. Although trained in design and fine arts, Meeker’s approach to design has been shaped by his experience as a community planner, his love of the outdoors, his work in public and corporate environmental graphic design with Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn, and his father’s influence as a structural engineer.

Whitehouse & Company

Who are* Whitehouse & Company?

We are small. We are personal. We are a group of individuals that share a passion for design.

Formed in 1976, Whitehouse & Company has been around for thirty years, during which time we have worked with hundreds of clients, evolving design solutions of every shape and size. We treat all projects, no matter how large or small, with equal attention.

StudioLR

Founded in 2004 by design leader Lucy Richards and entrepreneur Andy Gray, StudioLR is a design consultancy committed to making the world a better place.

We care about how design makes people feel, we challenge convention, and we get results. Our emotive and memorable approach is effective in winning hearts as well as mind.

StudioLR has a world-class track record, working with clients including John Lewis, SSE, The Mary Rose and National Trust.

LOL, Emojis are the Newest Graphic Symbols

Oxford Dictionaries just named "emoji" the word of the year. Like other graphic symbols, they are a language-neutral form of communication. Here's an interesting article on the non-profit that monitors the adoption of emoji.

Clearview by Donald S. Meeker and Richard Montalbano
A Clear View with Don Meeker, 2015 SEGD Fellow

By anyone’s standards, the work of Don Meeker—activist and information designer—has touched the lives of more people than any other in his era. Don Meeker is SEGD's 2015 Fellow.

Katie Osborn

Katie Osborn is the Founder, Principal, and Wayfinding Strategist for Via Collective, formerly The Office of Katie Osborn.

Photograph of Lucy Holmes, Holmes Wood
Lucy Holmes

Lucy Holmes is a member of the 2018 SEGD Board and owner of Holmes Wood in London.

Lucy has created design solutions and information graphics for wayfinding schemes including Tate Modern, The National Gallery, The V&A Museum and Albert Dock in Liverpool; interpretation graphics for several exhibitions at the Tower of London; and an information graphics strategy for Virgin Atlantic.

Oxford Brookes University Wayfinding

Holmes Wood created a new wayfinding scheme for Oxford Brookes University that complements its new architecture and a modernized attitude toward teaching.

Gender-Neutral Pictograms in Demand

Businesses are beginning to request gender-neutral bathroom pictograms, and starting this week in Los Angeles, a campaign by the series Transparent is encouraging businesses to display a new transgender logo. 

The SEGD/Hablamos Juntos Healthcare Symbols - Will They Work?

In October 2010, SEGD proudly introduced a universal set of healthcare symbols, developed in collaboration with Hablamos Juntos (Spanish for “let’s talk together”). It is obvious that it was an enormously complex project and quite an achievement, for which we want to compliment all the many people involved. Also, it is obviously too late for us to “talk together,” about it, so let's review the results.

Tongji University way finding
Tongji University Signage and Wayfinding

Wayfinding systems overcome language, cultural, and literacy barriers to help users make sense of the built environment. At Tongji University in Shanghai, a unique system designed by the College of Design & Innovation combines symbols and Chinese characters to help students navigate a new facility while building a sense of community identity. The project was a 2014 SEGD Global Design Awards winner. (Enter your work in the 2015 SEGD Global Design Awards!)

New York May Impact the Future of the Accessibility Symbol

Symbol designer Mies Hora (Significon) blogs about New York state legislation that deletes the word "handicapped" from accessible signage and changes the controversial wheelchair symbol. The implications are far-reaching. Read more...

Photograph of David Meckel
David Meckel

David Meckel is a licensed architect and arts educator who began his career working with Charles and Ray Eames in their Venice, California studio. A few years later David Meckel directed all of the design work for the 1984 Olympics, which Time Magazine declared “Not just the year’s, but surely the decade’s most glittering and effective demonstration of the power of creative design.”

Photograph of Sascha Lobe
Sascha Lobe

Founded by Sascha Lobe in 1999, L2M3 Communication Design is a primarily graphic design studio with high standards of form and content. Sascha Lobe’s agency handles signage systems and graphic design for exhibitions in addition to traditional tasks: such as developing corporate brands and designing printed matter.

Lance Wyman Exhibit Up in Mexico City

Lance Wyman, FSEGD, will be honored at a conference and exhibition beginning this month at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City.

The Sustainable Challenges and Opportunities in Environmental Graphic Design
The Sustainable Challenges and Opportunities in Environmental Graphic Design

College of Design & Innovation
Tongji University

ABSTRACT
This paper examines the sustainable challenges and opportunities in environmental graphic design through the lens of two projects implemented in Shanghai. The first, a wayfinding program for the Shanghai South Railway Station, is a study in using EGD to support and enhance sustainable behavior. The second, a signage and EGD program for a practice center at Tongji University, demonstrates EGD’s ability to support cultural sustainability, particularly in the use of typography and symbols to connect users and create a unique sense of identity.

The Genius Behind Stick Figure Toilet Signs

Jonathan Glancey explores the enduring appeal of these quaint but powerful pictograms.

Vienna International Airport Wayfinding

Graphic Departure

At Vienna International Airport, Ruedi Baur’s transparent wayfinding system marries minimalist design and poetic touches. In some ways, airports are quintessential non-places. With their long corridors, labyrinthine layouts, and cacophonous soundtrack of arrivals/departures and passengers speaking multiple languages, it’s easy to forget exactly where you are.

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