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.
The inner city suburb of Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, Australia, had for many years been the home of venues that nurtured such musical talent as the Saints, the Go Betweens, Powderfinger, Savage Garden, Keith Urban, and the Bee Gees. Now internationally known for its live music and nightclubs, the area's creative arts community and Chinatown precinct have drawn youth and lifestyle fashion retailers, commercial tenants, and significant residential development back to “the Valley.”
Wayfinding solutions for people with low vision have yet to take full advantage of emerging technologies. David Sweeney, a research associate at London’s Royal College of Art, investigated tools that could improve wayfinding experiences for visually impaired users and provide them with the luxury of choice and exploration while navigating. But while Sweeney’s research focused on the visually impaired, it also has implications for helping all users navigate public spaces and manage complex information about the built environment.
David Sweeney, Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre
The rehabilitation of Chapultepec Park in Mexico City included a new signage system to guide and inform the 15 million annual visitors to the park, one of the oldest and largest in Latin America. Design proposals were subject to the approval of forest management, private investors, project managers, users, and the government.
Grupo de Diseño Urbano (urban landscaping)/Diseño Neko (signage)
With more than 40 member institutions located on a densely developed 800-acre site, the Texas Medical Center is the world’s largest medical center. And with more than 12 miles of streets and roadways—and approximately 43,000 parking spaces in dozens of parking garages and surface lots—it presents some significant wayfinding challenges.
The Forgotten Cities Hiking Trails run along three different routes in the area of Samaan (Simeon) Mountain, the Limestone Massif of North Syria to the west of Aleppo. More than 700 dead or forgotten cities containing archeological sites and rich cultural and natural heritage features are located along the 140-kilometer north/south trail that varies from 20 to 30 kilometers wide.
Design Museum Holon is a major part of the city of Holon, Israel’s, efforts to transform itself into an epicenter of culture, arts, and education. Designed by Ron Arad Architects, the museum features an iconic, sinuous ribbon façade of Corten weathering steel.
Oscar Fernandez represented education as the education committee chair on the SEGD Board of Directors from 2011-2014.
Oscar is an Associate Professor and the coordinator of the new Graphic Communication Design program at the School of Design, College of DAAP, UC. The program primarily focuses on visual communications, interaction design and usability. It is not, as often perceived, an animation program, but rather looking for a more efficient and effective means and methods to convey information/messages.
The Boeing Company’s Everett, Wash., factory is home to the final assembly process for the Boeing 747, 767, 777, and 787 aircraft. It is the largest building in the world by volume (472 million cubic feet) and has a roof area of 12 acres. More than 30,000 employees work at the bustling hub of massive tools and equipment, airplane parts, inventories, office blocks, restaurants, full-size aircraft, and semi trucks.
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Wayfinding and Graphics. Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina, opened in June 2008 after a full interior renovation of an existing adult cancer facility.