Deborah Sussman, FSEGD, Dies at 83

Deborah Sussman, FSEGD, the iconic designer and EGD pioneer who started her career as a protege of Charles and Ray Eames, died today at 83.

Sussman, who co-founded the Los Angeles-based design firm Sussman/Prejza & Co. in 1980 with her husband Paul Prejza, was perhaps best known for her work on the bold and colorful graphics program for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Since then, she has created groundbreaking work for a wide range of corporations, arts institutions, and cities. She was named an SEGD Fellow in 1991.


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APCO's FullView System at Boston Public Library

When Arrowstreet Architecture & Design (Boston) developed a comprehensive sign and graphics package for the Boston Public Library, they specified APCO's FullView system for all room identification and stack signs. The package also included a large number of custom signs, to not only provide effective wayfinding and identification but to also uphold the design integrity of the historically significant facility.

The APCO (Atlanta) design and engineering team went to work and was able to offer the perfect solution, achieving the desired design intent for the project while creatively incorporating off-the-shelf aluminum extrusions for 100% updatability.

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Rowmark Expands MetalGraph Plus Line

Rowmark (Findlay, Ohio) introduced a variety of new additions to the popular MetalGraph Plus® product line to expand metallic design and finish options and provide increased versatility for demanding indoor and outdoor signage, lettering, and cut-out applications.

Rowmark's new line of textured MetalGraph Plus® products combine the look of brilliant metal with a classic textured finish in a UV stable, outdoor weatherable, and moisture resistant sheet. They are available in a variety of lustrous metallic color options, including Gold, Nickel, and Copper, over a black core.

Aside from traditional engraving projects, MetalGraph Plus® has also become the cost-effective, lightweight alternative for fabricating indoor/outdoor vector cut-outs and letters in place of real brass, metal, or stainless steel. Rowmark has added a collection of new MetalGraph Plus® products with the same cap and core color, including Brushed Antique Gold/Gold, Brushed Stainless Steel/Silver, Textured Gold/Gold, and Textured Stainless Steel/Silver. Offering MetalGraph Plus® in the same cap and core color eliminates the need for customers to paint the sheet edges for color consistency.

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Rockwell Group Designs Exhibition Space for Civil Rights Center

The opening of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta marks the fourth collaboration between David Rockwell and Tony Award-winning director and writer George C. Wolfe (Lucky Guy, The Normal Heart, A Free Man of Color). Rockwell Group (New York) designed 18,000 SF of exhibition space, presenting the American civil rights movement and global human rights issues in an engaging and experiential way.

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Pentagram Designs an Identity for the Taiwan Pavilion at Venice Biennale

Domesticity is perhaps one of the most fundamental beginnings of architecture—realized as bedrooms, dining rooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms, etc.—each devoted to a programmatic specificity. The Taiwan Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale explores the idea of private domesticity inverted as public space in the exhibition Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan. Curated and designed by the noted architect Jimenez Lai, the pavilion is a collection of nine small houses, each embodying one domestic program. Pentagram (New York) Partner Natasha Jen and her team have designed an identity for the exhibition that showcases the theme in a lively mix of colorful graphics and custom typography, both in English and Chinese.

Lai’s pavilion design is a response to the official Biennale theme of “Fundamentals,” set out by the Biennale’s chief curator, Rem Koolhaas. Scattered within the gallery of the Palazzo delle Prigioni, the pavilion’s collection of small houses forms an interior township of misfit parts. Each structure stands for one domestic activity or program, such as the House of Sleep (the bedroom), the House of Social Eating (the dining room), and so on. The various houses are embodied by frame-like, freestanding structures that Lai calls “superfurniture.”

Jen worked closely with Lai on the development of the pavilion graphics. A native of Taiwan, she was familiar with the ideas of the exhibition. The pavilion is also a commentary on weijian, an urban phenomenon that is common in Taipei and other cities in Taiwan. Buildings are augmented with illegal add-ons—houses built on top of houses, or “hats on buildings”—forming unusual structures that extend beyond their typical forms to purely embody function. Jen’s custom letterforms for the identity are an expression of weijian, expanding to fill the space of posters and other collateral.

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Alexander Isley Helps Ridgefield Library Build Community

The town of Ridgefield, Connecticut has a new library — a dynamic, technologically sophisticated, and energy efficient showpiece designed by Newman Architects in New Haven.

Demolition of an old structure and the new construction process made for an adventure in logistics. Earlier this year, after nearly two years of being housed in temporary quarters, the library was starting to prepare for their grand reopening. They asked Alexander Isley (West Redding, Conn.) to help introduce the new facility to the community.

Alexander Isley thought the best way to raise awareness — and get people in the doors — would be to talk about all the new library would offer, and in so doing perhaps change some preconceptions about what a library is.

So Alexander Isley took it as their mission to help people understand how the Ridgefield library was planned to be a center of community, offering services, programs, and collaborative spaces that provide vital resources to a wide variety of users.

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Ronald Shakespear Photos on Exhibit

Orson Welles from Revisiting the Sixties

Portraits from Revisitando los Sesenta (Revisiting the Sixties), the book of photographs by Ronald Shakespear, FSEGD, are on exhibit at the Lavarden Museum Platform in Rosario, Argentina, through September. The founder of Diseno Shakespear (Buenos Aires) published his book of haunting portraits in 2012. 

"It could be said that I am not a photographer," Shakespear says in the introduction of his book. "I am just a memory thief. I never thought these portraits were so valuable. For me they are evidence of unforgettable memories."

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Entro Honored with Two Good Design is Good Business Awards

Archi­tec­tural Record awarded the Good Design is Good Busi­ness Award to two projects that Entro (Toronto) was involved in: Daniels Spec­trum and the Rotman School of Manage­ment expan­sion. The award honors ten inter­na­tional archi­tec­tural projects that demon­strate how inno­v­a­tive design comple­ments good busi­ness strategy.

Daniels Spec­trum, oper­ated by Artscape, is a show­case of how design helps foster commu­nity, cultural expres­sion, and provide creative space. Entro part­nered with Artscape and Diamond Schmitt Archi­tects to produce an inte­grated and inno­v­a­tive signage and donor recog­ni­tion system.

The Rotman School of Manage­ment expan­sion is a direct expres­sion of Rotman’s core mission to promote the power of creativ­ity, inno­va­tion, and inte­gra­tive think­ing in 21st century busi­ness educa­tion. To comple­ment their mission, Entro produced a signage and wayfind­ing system, targeted to LEED Silver certification.

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White Design Studio Creates Apex Experience Center

White Design Studio (Cincinnati) conceived the recently completed Apex Customer Experience Center in Mason, Ohio, as part of an integrated brand identity, graphic guidelines, and message architecture program for the global company specializing in supply-chain efficiency.

White Design Studio designed the Apex CXC to communicate its mission and value to various audiences. The team developed a linear experience that includes a new customer experience entrance, theater, lab, and conference center. The design is a 3D tour through the new Apex logo, using the cams and radius elements to divide, articulate, and express each of the individual spaces. The logo vocabulary was extended into the design of the entry elements, theater screens, product demo stage, cabinetry, and graphic elements.

White Design Studio also created a series of videos to introduce Apex to its various audiences. The Apex story is delivered in three acts, all aligned to the message architecture and graphic guidelines. Six HD rear-screen projectors and eight-channel audio deliver the story. All video was composed on a single 11000 x 1300 pixel canvas and split over five screens. iPhones can cue up specific videos depending on the visitor. As part of the customer experience, visitors pass through the Apex Innovation Lab to see a live demo of their Apex solution.



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