The book Design Downtown for Women - Men Will Follow is testament to women’s outsize influence in travel planning, and the importance of understanding the experience economy. Virginia Gehshan contributed the chapter “Wayfinding for Women” which outlines how downtown wayfinding programs can welcome
and guide visitors — both women and men. The issues of communication,
creativity and convenience are covered. Statistics show that women have
primary responsibility for planning vacations, so attention to their needs and concerns can result in a more sophisticated and successful wayfinding system.
David Feehan, the editor of Design Downtown for Women, was president and
CEO of the International Downtown Association for nearly a decade. Other chapter authors include experts on marketing, transportation, color, parking, cycling and event programming, all of whom discuss improving the downtown experience for
its most important demographic - women.
Please join us for two Design Philly events! Both events will be held Thursday, October 11th from 6 - 8 pm.
Open Studio: Tour our studio in Old City and talk with our designers. See recent projects in placemaking, environmental graphic design and branding including
Mars Petcare, Jacob Javits Convention Center, Mount Airy USA, Penn Medicine
and more. Refreshments will be served.
Rail Park Talk and Tour: In addition to our annual open studio event, we invite
you to tour Philadelphia’s new Rail Park and hear from the Rail Park design
team, including CG designers Kate Otte and Joe Thoma, Landscape Architect Bryan Hanes and Urban Sign.
The talk and tour will begin at 6pm at the interpretive wall. Event is rain or shine. However, in the event of thunderstorms, we will relocate to Bryan Hanes studio.
1300 Noble Street, Philadelphia 19123 (enter off Broad Street or from 13th Street stairs)
CG is pleased to welcome two new additions to our talented team — designers Branson Kellen and Maria-Elena Alberto.
Branson came to us after interning at Dake Wells Architecture in Springfield, MO. With degrees in both architecture and graphic design from Drury University, Branson brings a broad skill set to CG’s diverse range of projects. His passion for the built environment and knowledge of REVIT modeling has already made him indispensable to the team. His other design skills and interests, including typography, branding
and environmental design make him a perfect fit for experiential design.
Maria-Elena is a thoughtful designer who brings a variety of skills to the CG team. With a recent Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from the University of the
Arts, Maria-Elena has explored the participatory design process, which helped
her gain a deeper understanding of how to work with users and better understand their needs and behaviors. She is passionate about universal design and believes the best outcomes are the result of thoughtful and creative collaboration.
Branson and Maria-Elena are excited to join the CG team and have jumped right
into their new roles.
Opening in Fall 2018, the Loomis Chaffee School’s newly expanded Campus Center will feature new dining spaces, bookstore, meeting rooms, café and state-of-the-art Pearse Hub for Innovation. Designed by AOS Architects, the new center will support idea incubation, entrepreneurship and subjects like robotics. CG’s environmental narrative wall, signage and donor recognition will help elevate the new hub’s mission and make it an engaging campus destination.
A campus transformation is underway at the Barnes Jewish and Washington University Medical Center in St Louis. Two new inpatient towers for Barnes-Jewish
and St. Louis Children’s Hospital have opened; CG has introduced an identification system with enhanced street addressing and naming. New skyline signage, campus entrance gateway pylons, a letter-based entrance ID system and an extensive over-
head vehicular wayfinding system have been designed to better assist visitors in navigating the dense complex of buildings at this stellar academic medical center.
Philadelphia's long-awaited Rail Park brings a creative green space to an industrial neighborhood, with spectacular views of the city skyline.
CG is honored to have been a part of the recent ribbon cutting, which marked the opening of the park's first phase. When complete, the park will stretch three miles across Center City Philadelphia, connecting 10 diverse neighborhoods and making
it twice the width and length of NYC's High Line.
CG designed a spectacular 80' corten steel “story” wall that captures the gritty history of the Callowhill Industrial District, highlighting Philadelphia’s reputation
as the “Workshop of the World.” The 1910 US census lists 264 manufactured articles - Philadelphia manufactured 211 of them. The wall is laser cut with a map of the city, company logos, buildings and advertisements of manufacturers that operated in the area in its heyday.
An interpretive panel further outlines the importance of the two mighty railroads – Reading and Pennsylvania – that were headquartered there.
Mt. Airy USA and Go Northwest Philly have joined forces to develop an enhanced vehicular wayfinding and gateway system for the region. This exceptionally diverse collection of neighborhoods includes Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, Germantown, East
Falls, Manayunk, Roxborough and West Oak Lane and features historic architecture, outstanding parks and natural beauty. CG is leading the stakeholder process along with Brad Copeland, Executive Director of Mt. Airy USA and Sara Anderson, project leader for Avison Young.
CG is helping the Montclair History Center with its mission to share stories of local history and its origins as Cranetown. Interpretive signage is being designed for the complex of historic buildings and microfarm, along with a guide to New Jersey Heritage Tourism. The Center also has an unusual link to African-American history.
Read more on Montclair's history here.
LVC’s new Arnold Health Professions Pavilion, designed by Stantec, will host the College’s in-demand programs for physical therapy, athletic training, communication sciences/speech pathology and exercise science. Students will be trained for these growing “human performance” professions in labs that foster collaboration. CG is designing interior and exterior building signage and donor recognition, as well as updating campus wayfinding signage to reflect the new addition.
Read more about the innovative learning space here.
CG is proud to acknowledge Kate Otte and Linzi Eggers for their exceptional work
and contributions to the design excellence of the firm, and is excited to formally recognize them as senior designers.
Kate started with CG as an intern from the highly regarded University of Cincinnati design program, then transitioned into an accomplished designer and illustrator who brings energy and enthusiasm to all of the work she produces.
As a graduate of the distinguished UArts graphic design program, Linzi came to CG from one of our colleagues in NYC. She has established herself as a talented and outspoken leader with a passion for experiential graphic design.
We are fortunate to have Kate and Linzi leading design teams here at CG, and we congratulate them on their achievements!