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Pittsburgh Art in Public Places

It was wonderful to work with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s Office of Public Art to redesign the third edition of this guide to works of art in three Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The pocket-sized, 186-page guide features beautiful photos by Renee Rosensteel; details about each artist, history, and materials; and custom fold-out maps wrapped in a rich charcoal cover with white-gloss foil titling. It is particularly good to see our ´hood, the Northside, included in the guide for the first time. Don't have a copy of the book yet? You can download one or all of the tours on the Office of Public Art's website.

WYEP 91.3fm Year in Review

It’s only rock ‘n’ roll, but we like it. We’ve helped WYEP run down their top 50 albums of the year for the past five years. Talk about a very cool annual report. 

Sports & Exhibition Authority

The David L. Lawrence Convention Center’s 20,000 square foot green roof, which includes several southwestern Pennsylvania native species, can gobble up 680 pounds of pollution each year, keep roof temperatures 50 degrees cooler, and capture rainfall to reduce the load on the city’s drainage system. We worked with the LEED Platinum building’s sustainability coordinator to develop signage illustrating how the green roof works its magic. 

AIA Design Pittsburgh, Build Pittsburgh

After working on both Build Pittsburgh and Design Pittsburgh for five years straight, we’ve worked a lot of different types of imagery into our concepts. From oversized raindrops to a team on a trapeze, we’ve helped AIA to redefine their communication to members about these events. 

Creative Nonfiction redesign

We're so proud of our collaboration with CNF in the journey to take their 15-year-old literary publication from a journal to a magazine. The weighty, two-color journal was text cover to cover—there were no images. We knew that redeveloping the journal into an 88-page magazine wouldn’t be easy. To keep costs down we retained the two-color limitation inside, which changes from issue to issue. Of course, we don't think the striking result looks like its had any limitations at all.

Quantum Theatre season materials

We have more people who get in touch with us after seeing our Quantum work than almost any other project we take on. And we work darn hard for it. We read each play with pencil in hand. Then we read it again (and sometimes again, particularly when it’s a weird play by an experimental German playwright that’s mostly set in an elevator). Then we talk about it, have a coffee, or 10, and review our scribbles and hope we’ve hit gold.

The Andy Warhol Museum

What started as a single piece for a short series of films, turned into multiple screenings that spanned more than four years. We loved the opportunity to use lush, evocative stills from these silent and early sound films. 

CMU Grad Roulette

Feeling lucky? We were, when CMU's Heinz College approached us to create, which features a virtual roulette wheel visitors can spin to randomly land on a graduate. Our Vegas-inspired “signage” was just the right level of neon bling to commemorate the occasion, which released a new crop of eager grads out into the world.   

Pittsburgh Assn. for the Education of Young Children

Each year in April early childhood organizations and educators celebrate the Month of the Young Child. Working with PAEYC, we reenvisioned the campaign's trademark purple daisy and created a companion collection of toys and creatures, including a paper airplane, skateboard, and a spider dangling from a web. 

SXSW with CMU's Heinz College

CMU's Heinz College had two great themes, two years in a row, making it even easier to develop eye-catching campaigns for their "Big Data Blowout" and "Innovation City" parties at SXSW 2012 and 2013.