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CommArts Profile: Randal Ford

Another great assignment from Communication Arts Magazine : Austin-based photographer Randal Ford. Last summer, I spent the day with him as he shot the last twelve portraits for his upcoming … Continue reading

March 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Studio Profile: Canales & Co.

So happy to share my latest profile for Communication Arts Magazine about the Austin-based design & branding studio, Canales & Co. I was thrilled to spend some time with owners … Continue reading

January 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Fresh Research: the Latest in Digital Wayfinding

Thanks to a grant from the Sign Research Foundation, I traveled to Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, and New York to visit ground-breaking digital wayfinding tools in museums, hospitals, airports, and transit … Continue reading

January 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

How to Manage a Wayfinding System: Tips from Healthcare Leaders

How do some of the largest and most respected healthcare institutions manage their wayfinding systems? It takes people, processes and tools to keep up with the ever-changing content in these … Continue reading

November 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Design Museum, Redesigned

Every day, visitors to the Cooper Hewitt make off with about 30 artifacts each, plucked from the glass cases and archives of the nation’s design museum. From teapots to laptops, … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Ting and the Art of Performance Exhibition

How do you put “technology” and “democracy” together in a museum? First published in volume 14 of eg, the Experiential Graphics Magazine, a publication of the SEGD, this article explores … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Exploring Eldheimar: Her Home or Our Museum?

This article first appeared in volume 14 of eg, the Experiential Graphics Magazine, a publication of the SEGD. Design firm Gagarin won a 2015 Honor Award for their innovative exhibits. Read … Continue reading

November 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

TBT: A Hard Look at Software from 1992

The first time I saw my name in print was in 1992, when I worked as the “desktop publishing specialist” for Technology Research Group, a small semiconductor and software consulting … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Profile of Bruce Mau Design for Communication Arts

After a frosty visit to their Toronto studio in February, I wrote a profile of Bruce Mau Design for Communication Arts. To re-imagine a firm without its charismatic leader has … Continue reading

August 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wayfinding and the Internet of Place

This article first appeared in volume 12 of eg, the Experiential Graphics Magazine, a publication of the SEGD. Read the PDF version eg12_Internet_Place. “You are here.” The blue dot in … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Art + Tech = Art Nouveau

The Cleveland Museum of Art uses digital experiences to reach out to new audiences. Video used with permission by Local Projects Please read my upcoming article for eg magazine on … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 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

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

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

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