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When first contacted by the Historical Society of Washington, DC, I was intrigued by their upcoming exhibit “Window to Washington: The Kiplinger Collection at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.” Exhibit LogoAs their reentry into the D.C. public space after many months of closure, the exhibit featured paintings, photographs, illustrations, maps, and artifacts spanning over 400 years of DC history.

An exhibit with such a large number of pieces set the stage for a trove of graphic opportunities.
After discussing look and feel with the curator I designed an exhibit logo that unified historic and contemporary themes. Because the exhibit layout followed a chronological path through the gallery I created a subtle nod to a timeline on the bottom of each of the large section panels. Origins Panel

Window to Washington was displayed in The Historical Society’s home, the original Carnagie Library  in downtown Washington, DC. The building sits on its own picturesque block, surrounded by lamp posts and a park area. The general public and tourists have access to the park 24 hours a day, necessitating security measures for the outdoor banners. Some lamp banners were displayed on lower posts and were designed in a shorter length, therefore hanging higher from the ground. Other outdoor signage for the exhibit was produced in mobile, collapsable formats that could be stored inside nightly.

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Designing a website for Jean Efron Art Consultants LLC was an exciting opportunityto create a clean, minimal site that would showcase the very visual work of the firm. A limited copy, image heavy website was the perfect approach for focusing attention on the company’s extensive portfolio.

With such a large number of images it was important to make the site fully responsive. Even when clients visit the site on a smart phone or notepad it needs to work – and to work well.

One unique aspect of the project was the firm’s 30 year history. Having successfully worked in the industry for so long, the firm had project images in every media from scanned slides to high-res digital images. A large amount of digital image editing was required to produce a uniform photo quality.

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Allison and Levi dated ten years prior to marrying. A couple that had grown together since high school – they provided the perfect opportunity to tell a story with their save the date design. Moving several times during their relationship the couple had created quite a timeline, and I integrated that story into a fun iconic map of their journey. Rather than design a map that was geographic, I designed a chronological map with geographic references.

The invitations required a more formal, yet still whimsical approach. I chose to design a light-hearted romantic border of flowers and leaves. Luckily, Allison and Levi were interested in a creative green option; a one piece invitation with a perforated RSVP postcard attached to the bottom. The invitations can be designed in a horizontal or vertical manner.

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The title wall (approx. 8' x 12') stood at the entrance of the exhibit. The graphic was printed on adhesive vinyl and applied to the wall. Section panel from the exhibit. Section panel from the exhibit. Graphic panel from the exhibit. One of many case labels designed for the exhibit. Labels ranged in length from 18 inches to 14 feet. Photograph of the exhibit featuring case labels and text panels . Part of the large photomural and the many photo panels can be seen in the background. Section panel in the exhibit. Platform and case labels in the exhibit.

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Setting the President’s Table: American Presidential China at Mt. Vernon

Mount Vernon Estate and Garden exhibited an extensive collection of presidential china dating from George Washington’s presidency to the 20th century.

The font and style choices I made emphasized the regal nature of the collection and fulfilled the clients desire for a ‘jewel box’ feel to highlight the precious nature of the china artifacts. Use of a deeply saturated blue and gold palette also emphasized the rich, historic feel of the exhibit.

Graphics for the exhibit included an entrance title wall with an approximate 12’ x 8’ vinyl graphic, six text panels, a large photo mural, photo panels, and custom rail case labels that varied in length from 18 inches to 14 feet.

After I designed the graphics, I assisted in their production and installation.