Environmental Design & Wayfinding
We work in tandem with architects, interior designers and fabricators —marrying architecture, signage, and environmental design to create visually distinctive graphic solutions. Through the use of thoughtful programming and a client focused team approach, we deliver integrated wayfinding and environmental graphic solutions that simplify complex environments and change the way people experience the world around them.
It’s all about delivering clear information at the right time, in the right location, and when executed well it virtually disappears.
Fine Art & Placemaking
There are times when a sign just isn't the right solution. When there needs to be an object that fills and activates a physical space. This can be expressed in every form and medium imaginable, from murals and LED installations to sculpture and gardens connecting place to people. The truly successful works capture your imagination, and transcend a space to an experience never forgotten.
"Much of what influences the way an audience experiences art, particularly contemporary art, is the fear of not knowing what “it” is supposed to be. When executed successfully, an artwork work becomes familiar, and hence, not intimidating, allowing the viewer to interact with the work on a multitude of levels never before imagined."
- Lawrence Argent
A Moment In Time
Beginning in 2003 we engaged on a unique and wonderful collaborative journey with the public artist Lawrence Argent. The city of Englewood, Colorado was looking to develop gateway monuments to delineate the boundaries of their city. Englewood was originally looking for a large scale signage solution and what they received in the end was quite different and unexpected. Rising out of the median of a busy six lane public boulevard are 15 bright green, whimsical blades of grass, 20ft in height. It turned out to be the perfect solution for the city, the site and the start of a long friendship.
Lawrence's massive artworks are largely collaborative, in addition to conceiving the “big idea,” he would become a larger than life master of ceremonies, managing budgets, finding resources and prodding vendors in the realization of the idea. We were lucky enough to be invited into this process a number of times, designing proposals and websites, sharing resources and ultimately getting the opportunity to sit side by side in his studio and collaborate on designs.
One of the last projects we worked on together was developing a book describing his process, his philosophies and documenting all of his public artworks.
In 2014 Lawrence asked us to design and develop a website to be a digital extension of this community inspired public artwork.
The design of Pieces Together was inspired by the idea that each part of the whole is integral, as in a jigsaw puzzle. Argent saw parallels between puzzle pieces and all the voices of a community. To hear these voices firsthand, he spent a week in Willowbrook, California, where his team interviewed those same local residents. They answered questions like, “What is your hope for your community?” and spoke about their connections to art and creativity. The interviews, which capture moments of personal struggle and triumph, have been compiled and edited for viewing through this companion website.
A Moment In Time
In 2017 we worked closely with Lawrence on a commission for a site in Nanjing, China's equivalent of our own Silicon Valley. He loved to collaborate and evolve concepts in a team environment, and in this case we worked side-by-side pushing pixels in different directions until the form felt complete. The artwork depicts a pixelized elephant, balancing perfectly on its trunk absorbing information from its environment. The form is incomplete and captures a finite moment in time. If one were to view the work a second earlier or later it would look different. The elephant is comprised of over 15,000 individual stainless steel pixels, painted Rosso Corsa red at it base and transitioning to brushed stainless steel to reflect and blend into the sky and clouds above.