September 2011 Member News
3M (St. Paul, Minn.) added 19 new gloss colors and two new matte colors to its Scotchprint brand Wrap Film Series 1080, expanding the line to 33 colors, including carbon fiber and brushed metal. The long-term, removable cast films are designed for vehicle detailing, decoration, and full wraps without graphic protection.
ALPOLIC (Chesapeake, Va.) introduced its new Design Concept Kit, a new approach to providing design professionals with samples, spec sheets, and other product information about its aluminum and metal composite materials panels. Packaged in a sleek compartmentalized box, the kit includes a larger routed product sample, a brochure, a comprehensive color chart, and a CD including completed product specs and technical data.
It was designed in conjunction with Alpolic's new website and marketing campaign that includes award-winning ads, a re-engineered website (www.alpolic-northamerica.com), and a new tradeshow booth design.
APCO (Atlanta) provided its Accord 15 system components for the donor recognition program and Lifetime Member Wall at the University of Maryland's Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. The system was also used for all interior signage for the center.
The company also announced that a wide range of AutoDesk Revit BIM (Building Information Modeling) objects for APCO products are now available at ARCAT.com.
APCO recently celebrated its 45th anniversary in business. It opened in Atlanta in 1966 as a two-person sign shop and has grown into an architectural signage company with 15 U.S. offices and distribution in 15 countries. It remains a family business.
BARCO (Rancho Cordova, Calif.) provided its RLM-W6 DLP projectors for the interactive art/architecture exhibit RealTime UnReal, which premieres at the Museum of Contemporary Art Montreal this month. Created by the international art collective Workspace Unlimited, the exhibit merges visitors' experience of virtual and physical space, creating multi-perspective "hybrid spaces" where the real and the virtual interweave in a constant flux.
Barco sponsored the inaugural exhibit of RealTime UnReal at the Museum of the Moving Image last January in New York. "We're honored to continue our partnership with Workspace Unlimited--true pioneers in 'extreme' media art—as it gives Barco an opportunity to test the full capabilities of our technology," says Mitch Stein, National Channel Manager for Barco Canada.
CALORI & VANDEN-EYNDEN DESIGN CONSULTANTS (New York) recently completed design of a new branded signage system for MF Global, a New York-based multi-national financial services company. The MF Global identity was designed by Infinia Group of New York, which engaged C&VE to extend the brand to MF Global's New York headquarters signage.
CLEARPATH SIGNAGE SYSTEMS (Findlay, Ohio) introduced more size options for its Metro system of single-panel standoffs. The new sizes include a 1.5-in. diameter stand-off with 1-in. barrel length, designed for oversized projects; and a .038-in.-diameter stand-off with an 0.5-in. barrel length, for donor walls and awards and recognition.
CLOUD GEHSHAN ASSOCIATES (Philadelphia) is in the early stages of developing an interactive, smart building signage system for the Federal Reserve Board's Martin Building with Washington, D.C.-based architects Karn Charuhas Chapman & Twohey.
The firm is also in the construction documentation phase of a new comprehensive signage and wayfinding system for The University of Chicago. The project will encompass both vehicular and pedestrian wayfinding for the 215-acre campus, which includes several projects honored by the American Institute of Architects.
CGA is developing a pedestrian wayfinding system and smartphone application for the City of Rochester, encouraging visitors, students, and residents to explore more of this dynamic city on foot. The Al Doho Quarter of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is another pedestrian wayfinding project for CGA, where the firm is developing the branding, interpretation, and signage program for the historic capital. This is CGA's second project in Saudi Arabia with architecture and planning firm Ayers Saint Gross.
DEUCE DESIGN (Sydney) created a signage program for the second stage of the Port Botany bird estuary, part of the Port Botany Expansion Project by Sydney Ports Corporation. Deuce's work included more than 30 interpretive panels featuring detailed bird illustrations rendered in vitreous enamel, paired with large laser-cut metal panels depicting bird life. The first phase of the project included wayfinding and directional signage.
Deuce's other recent projects include brand identity, signage, stationery collateral, and website design for The Standard Store in Sydney, as well as identity and website design work for property developer Amarapura and CplusC Architectural Workshop.
GEMINI INC. (Cannon Falls, Minn.) was recognized for its outstanding efforts to promote safety and create better work environments for employees within its plants. The manufacturer of dimensional letters, logos, and plaques received a safety award during the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council's 58th Annual Professional Development Conference and Expo held in April. Gemini's Decorah, Iowa, plant received the award in recognition of its Incident Rate Excellence.
PRIORITY SIGN (Sheboygan, Wis.) has promoted Ron D'Alessandro to Chief Executive Officer. D'Alessandro has been with Priority since 2001, when the company purchased his business, MTM Signs. He will be responsible for all operations including sales, manufacturing, project management, and financials.
"Ron has been the driving force in our growth into a leading national sign program management and manufacturing company," say Carl Admundsen and Craig White, company co-chairmen and founders.
The company also unveiled a new brand identity and website. The new website was launched August 19 at www.prioritysign.com
RONALD SHAKESPEAR, SEGD Fellow and founder of Diseño Shakespear (Buenos Aires), is self-publishing a retrospective of his photography from the 1960s.
"Today, we know Ronald Shakespear as a designer with a wide portfolio of celebrated identity and environmental graphics projects. But in the 1960s, one of his primary modes of visual expression was portraiture, harnessing black and white photography to capture friends and celebrities in intimate moments," says Leslie Wolke, Leslie Wolke Consulting. "In his forthcoming book, Visiting the Sixties, he shares these photographs again. And today, with the benefit of time and the breadth of his design career, we can appreciate the threads that tie these photos to the rest of Shakespear's body of work."
Shakespear will distribute limited copies directly. To purchase a book, please contact Ronald Shakespear.
SIGNS OF SUCCESS (Lynbrook, N.Y.) recently completed exterior signage for the new Columbia Sportswear flagship store in Atlantic City. Designed by Kenneth Park Architects, the exterior identification package included three channel letter signs affixed to a painted, perforated-steel panel. The project also included illuminated blade signs, a rear elevation sign, and dimensional letters mounted to transom glass at the entrance.
STUDIO SC (Seattle) is designing a site and interior wayfinding environmental graphics program for the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in Richland, Wash. The Reach, which sits on the banks of the Columbia River, will detail the history of the land-from the Ice Age to the Manhattan Project to today. The graphics program highlights the effect of water on the land, with signs that create the effect of breaking out and being affected by the building materials.
WINFIELD & CO. (New York) launched myNav Central Park, its latest wayfinding app for handheld digital devices. myNav provides precise location-specific routing, maps, and an augmented reality feature that helps visitors navigate the park's miles of pathways and find landmarks including 21 playgrounds, 36 bridges, and 50 fountains, monuments, and gardens over 843 acres.