Science Museum of Minnesota
The Periodic Table Ca+fe

An in-house cafe at the Science Museum of Minnesota.The name, design, signage, and interior were all designed by myself. The three foot dimensional letters above the counters were made from hand-cut HUD foam and were at increasing depths from the outer letters towards center.The outer letters were smaller as well to create a slight curvature/bow to the whole piece to match the circular space of the cafe.

The tables were made from recycled metal street signs with different parts of the periodic table silkscreened onto them. The most centered element on the tables were all elements important for the human body.

Hallway with large panels of students on the walls

North Shore Community College
Interior graphics

In a bare hallway, a total of 64, 4'x8' panels were created to go all along the walls to liven the space and create pride, motivation, and connections. The di-bond panels are removalable (z-clips) to keep them updated.

Hallway with large panels of students on the walls

The wall of former presidents of the college.


Hallway with large panels of students on the walls

A wall of alumni.


Hallway with large panels of students on the walls

Directory panel. Kiss-cut vinyl print on frosted acrylic with 2-inch spacers. This was done with vinyl because the directory changes every year from shifting deparments and classrooms. Once the new artwork was created, the old vinyl would be removed and the new vinyl would be stuck down.


Hallway with large panels of students on the walls

This was a “temporary” 20' panel in a large lobby space visualy depicting the 50 years of NSCC. The photo panels are offset from the background blue and red panels. The type at the top are dimensional as well as the 50 years logo. This space was renovated with the new expansion.

Old Lynn campus East lobby

The old East Lobby of the Lynn Campus prior to building addition. The old lobby was done with graphics from the 50th Anniversary including the 20' graphic in center, wrap-around graphic on counter, dimensional letters behind the counter, directory, mounted prints of coming new building addition and a standing counter under them.

Lobby WELCOME mural

With the completion of the Lynn South addition, a 23' blank wall was left in the Lynn East entrance. The all too common WELCOME wall in the 14 languages most spoken on the Lynn Campus was created. The design was created around existing building plaques and a name recognition portrait, as well as fire alarm.

Mural of nine NSCC students.

Four years later, a new mural was created to emphasize the students. Different textures were used on the protraits to create depth and feelings.

Bertolon simulation health care Center main signage

North Shore Community College
Bertolon Simulation Health Care Center of Excellence

Bertolon simulation health care Center close up of type depths

Variable depth, painted, acrylic letters.


Bertolon simulation health care Center room signage

Custom blade signage for the Health Care Center classrooms. These needed to stand out clearly from that vast hallways where they were located.

A backlit dimensional lighthouse with donor names in the distorted bricks creating an illusion of depth.

Lighthouse Society Donor panel

The Lighthouse Society is NSCC’s new legacy donor group. The name and iconography taken from NSCC’s seal. Composed of five different layers of acrylic including dimensional letters, light beams, and individual acrylic donor plaques. A disk of LED lights was installed behind the upper portion of the lighthouse to add the extra glow and energy. The green donor “bricks” have distorted type that matches the brick’s curvature to create an illusion of dimension. The blue bricks are for future donors.

Detail of the dimensional type, the acrylic beams of light, and LED light.

An angled at top panel of Reuel D. Harmon biography.

Harmon Field Research Center
Descriptive panels

The Harmon Field Research Center in Minnesota was a newly built park facility with striking angled walls and ceilings with exposed wood framing. The physical panels reflected the architecture while the layout of the panels remained calming and reflected the outside.

Angled panel with a black and white photo on the left and quite type overlapping a silkscreened pine branch.

A backlit dimensional lighthouse with donor names in the distorted bricks creating an illusion of depth.

Science Museum of Minnesota
Raptors: Hunters of the Sky traveling exhibit

Created in 1995, the Hunters exhibit was one of the many traveling exhibits created by SMM. As lead environmental designer, I focused on creating a light weight exhibit with sustainability in mind as this was a subject that was heavily impacted by environmental neglect.

Rather than using the standard heavy, foamed plastic or heavier solid acrylic panels, I proposed using corrugated cardboard as the bases for the panels. In 1995, corrugated cardboard was not yet used as substrate for professional signage and especially exhibits. Working with the exhibit builders, we were able to create framed 1" thick corrugated cardboard with a wooden veneer face to silkscreen directly onto (Yes, back then silkscreening was still cheaper than printing digitally). With over 60 6'x 3' panels, it reduced the weight of the exhibit considerably sacrificing little durability. The typeface (Emigre's Democratica and Quartet) reflects the talons of raptors. The colors of browns and tans reflecting the colors of many raptors.

A 4 foot by 4 foot panel displaying several tools, large and small for banding raptors, all incorporated into the panel and type.

This exhibit had a considerable amount of dimensional objects that needed to be presented. Working with the exhibit developers on the content, we were able to incorporate the objects directly into the panels rather than just having them lying in a case. This allowed us to play with type and object.

A tryptic of panels about falconry.

A tryptic of 6' x 4' panels about falconry. A silkscreened flying falcon flutters across all three panels.

Case with taxidermied hawk and horizontal panel below.

Like many exhibits of nature, MANY taxidermied animals were displayed. The content for the raptors were very descriptive so larger panels needed to be created rather than the usual small labels. Mounting the panels onto the pedestals helped to unify everything.