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Highlights from CES 2012

Colleague Tom Mulally of Numagic Consulting endured the leviathan of technology trade shows and gives us the highlights on mobile OS, the latest touchscreens, and tablet installations.

February 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

An app for xlab

Wrote a short blurb for the TwoTwelve blog on our experience designing and building an app for the segd xlab conference which took place in November, 2011. Thanks to Two … Continue reading

January 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mapping and Navigating the Great Indoors

One of the most popular topics at last year’s xlab: the Design of Location was what I like to call “the final frontier” of digital navigation: indoors. Google Maps has … Continue reading

January 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Intimate and the Immortal

On September 11, 2011, two memorials were consecrated: the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site and the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial in Liberty State Park. Each … Continue reading

January 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Designing Shanghai’s Dream Cube

World fairs are known for their spectacularly immersive, state-of-the-art experiences and last year’s Shanghai World Expo recalibrated our already-high expectations for how we interact within unique environments that are built … Continue reading

August 30, 2011 · 1 Comment

Highlights from NY Tech Meetup

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the NY Tech Meetup and saw some very cool new web and mobile services that you might want to check out. (NY … Continue reading

July 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

More on Shakespear’s Portraits

Nice mention about Shakespear’s forthcoming book on Icograda today.

June 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Words from Where 2.0

A couple of busy weeks ago, I participated in O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 conference in Santa Clara. In 2009, I attended the same conference and wrote about it here and there. … Continue reading

May 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

Shakespear’s Portraits

Great artists are blind to the traditional borders of creative endeavor. They don’t yield to the exclusive canon built up over generations by a craft’s practitioners. Instead, they follow their … Continue reading

April 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

Should I Build an App or a Mobile Website?

At the SEGD workshop a few weeks ago, I was asked how one should determine whether to build a downloadable app for smartphones and tablets or a mobile-optimized website that … Continue reading

March 11, 2011 · 1 Comment

Workshop in the Windy City

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of participating in the SEGD‘s Identity, Brand, and Experience Design Workshop in Chicago. I gave a short talk on “Technology in the Wild” — … Continue reading

March 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

Floating through the Uffizi in Google Art Project

Perhaps it is because the first website I ever visited (June, 1994) was The Louvre. Or maybe it is because I wrote my undergraduate thesis on “Contemporary Additions to Beaux … Continue reading

February 2, 2011 · Leave a comment

Illuminating the Underground: en español

My 2008 profile of the Buenos Aires subway system has just been translated into Spanish, thanks to América Late, a website and magazine that covers Latin American culture and design. … Continue reading

January 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Wayfinding in Your Pocket

I’ve been following wayfinding apps since the iPhone debuted — I’ve Yelped and Monocled all over the country. For this issue of segdDESIGN, I reviewed the latest crop and tried … Continue reading

November 8, 2010 · 1 Comment

Masdar: Critiquing the Critic’s Notebook

  Outside the construction trailers in Masdar, April 2009 and today, from the New York Times slideshow In April of 2009, fd2s was shortlisted to provide wayfinding strategy and design … Continue reading

October 3, 2010 · Leave a comment

Feliz Aniversario Diseño Shakespear

“The incidence of the design is, as Max Bruinsma says, to act as a catalyst. As in chemistry, design acts like an agent, vertiginously producing deep changes in the state … Continue reading

September 28, 2010 · Leave a comment

Badge of Honor

I enjoyed expanding upon the portrait of Gensler’s LAPD Memorial which was highlighted in the Design for Good article in this piece. “For environmental graphic designers, it is a rare … Continue reading

August 16, 2010 · Leave a comment

Medical Center Wayfinding Strategy 2010 (in progress)

I’m very fortunate to be working with Dyal and Partners and TwoTwelve on a hospital wayfinding strategy. It’s a large project with a very active client group. My role is … Continue reading

August 10, 2010 · Leave a comment

Digital Donor Recognition 2010 (in progress)

I am currently collaborating with Dyal and Partners on a strategy and concept for digital donor recognition with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. The clients no longer want to manage … Continue reading

July 15, 2010 · Leave a comment

Design for Good

What is pro bono design in the context of environmental graphics and how does design make a better world? This was the question I posed in this survey of a … Continue reading

July 8, 2010 · Leave a comment

The Green Cabinet of Curiosities: Exhibits at the New California Academy of Sciences

In the winter of 2009, I had the pleasure of touring the newly-opened California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco as research for this article about the … Continue reading

July 8, 2010 · Leave a comment

Ronald Shakespear: Making the City Legible

My second story about Ronald Shakespear (see the first) celebrated his induction as a Fellow, the highest honor of the SEGD. The far-ranging interview touched on his influences, methodologies and … Continue reading

July 8, 2010 · Leave a comment

Illuminating the Underground: A profile of the Buenos Aires Subway System

In 2007, my husband and I planned a trip to Argentina. Around that time, Argentine designer Ronald Shakespear was named a Fellow of the Society of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), … Continue reading

July 8, 2010 · Leave a comment