Category Archives: Environmental Design

MoMA Exhibit Design: Frank Lloyd Wright And The City

Title wall at MoMA Frank Lloyd Wright Exibit

Via MoMA.

The in-house design team at MoMA does some great work. I try to check out their site every so often to see what they are up to.

In the midst of doing some research for an upcoming project, I came across this colorful and contemporary gem.

I love the bright yellow and the perfect orange-y red graphic; and it’s wonderfully anchored by the strong grey color — the whole design pops off the wall.

I must say: I love design…I love museums. Put them together and I can hardly contain myself!


MoMA - color contrasts

MoMA - Creative text

Detail of wall graphic


ARCHITECTURE + GRAPHICS | Pajol Kindergarten – France



I’m a sucker for interesting, bold, and not-too-kiddie environmental graphics in schools. This project, for an elementary school in France, fits the bill on all fronts.

The dynamic stripes of color are wonderfully integrated throughout the school – in both interior and exterior applications. Click the link above to see the original post (and additional images) by Graphic Ambient. The best part of the project may be the fact that the school is like a candy-colored oasis in the middle of a dirt-filled construction zone.

I can’t speak to whether the classroom spaces function in an optimal way, but, regardless, I find this to be an example of the the unique design touches that can add a bit of oomph to educational facilities. Good stuff!


(H/t David Airey)

PRINT + GRAPHICS | Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Poster

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival features graphics designed by Pentagram. As with most events of this type, the design standards were used for everything from print materials to environmental graphics to merchandise.

I appreciate the way in which the ‘motif’ (for lack of a better word) was effectively used in the film catalog – incorporating the fragmented aesthetic into limited areas of the book. And, I think the overall concept made for some interesting design opportunities throughout the different media.


SIGNAGE | In Cardboard

Temporary cardboard signage

Who would have imagined that die-cut cardboard could be such a wonderful material to use for interior signage? Not I.

Thankfully, designers Isidro Ferrer, Pablo Alabau, and studio Zaragoza Versus were innovative enough to develop this signage system for the Spanish Pavillion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.

It’s a brilliant idea, if you ask me. Particularly, for short-term, temporary spaces where material waste and expense are things to be avoided, wherever possible. Along these lines, as the article at the link points out, the use of cardboard also has its merits for tradeshow applications: it’s lightweight, recyclable, and inexpensive.

I wonder if this idea – or something similar – will catch on…