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    Environmental Graphic Design Awards 2002

    by ArchitectureWeek

    The Society for Environmental Graphic Design has announced the results of its 2002 awards program. Environmental Graphic Design embraces many design disciplines including graphic, architectural, and industrial design, all concerned with the visual aspects of wayfinding, communicating identity and information, and shaping the idea of place.

    One of the projects honored for effective placemaking is the Adobe Systems headquarters in San Jose, California by San Francisco firm, Mauk Design. The graphic design goal was to express the Adobe brand identity in a lobby of marble, steel, and wood designed architecturally by HOK. The primary element is a 20- by 25-foot (6- by 7.6-meter) "color swatch" taken from Adobe Illustrator's interface. In the morning, sunlight washes through as if through a stained-glass window. At night, lights reverse the color projection toward the exterior. As a result of the positive response to the lobby by the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, Adobe has been given unusual zoning freedom in developing its newest building.

    For excellence in wayfinding, the Boston design firm of Coco Raynes Associates, Inc. was cited for integrating an accessible information system into the existing architecture of the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. The system includes an information table with a tactile map blasted on a slab of laminated glass. Stainless steel handrails embedded with Braille and audio information are installed at key locations along the path. Slightly raised, bright yellow dots mounted on the floor delineate the path and make a sound when tapped with a cane.

    The new visitors center for the Corning Museum of Glass, in Corning, New York was applauded for its interpretive design, created by the New York City firm of Ralph Appelbaum Associates. The Steuben Gallery presents stories of the science and industry of glassmaking through interpretive text silk-screened on floor-to-ceiling translucent glass panels. Both the casework and the graphics system are moveable and reconfigurable, so that a variety of exhibits can be accommodated.

    The Society for Environmental Graphic Design is an international nonprofit educational organization providing resources for environmental graphic design specialists. The 2002 jurors were Barry Worley, Holly Hampton, Hannah Jennings, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Paula Rees, Susan S. Szenasy, and Ellen Taylor.

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    The corporate identity in the lobby of Adobe Systems headquarters, by Mauk Design, won an award for placemaking from the Society for Environmental Graphic Design.
    Photo: Colin McCrae

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    Coco Raynes Associates, Inc. was cited for developing an accessible information system for the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.
    Photo: Coco Raynes Associates, Inc.

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    The Steuben Gallery of the Corning Museum of Glass presents stories of the science and industry of glassmaking.
    Photo: Peter Mauss/Esto


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