almost seem overwhelming.
Ones that will make all of us
powerful. Problems that shout
for our help. Using our talent
to push ideas forward.
Times Square Alliance
As a participant in an urban environmental study, a small number of design teams were asked to submit ideas for the Times Square district that was experiencing pedestrian gridlock. We were recommending a new icon: a glass bridge that would take tourists off the sidewalks where local business people were finding it hard to get to work or to meetings. Along with the bridge, several seating modules with a highly reflective mirrored surface would also act as meeting places, photo opportunities, and security bollards. Ann Harakawa, Duncan Jackson and I made the most complete recommendation including technology uplink and road surface treatments for events, security, and general wayfinding.
New York City Ballet
This cultural institution was seeing its audience grow older. An athletic new quality needed to be expressed. A younger crowd needed to be engaged. Two principal dancers developed a workout and were holding classes in several New York Sports Clubs. Susan Evans and I took charge of designing this book around the workout using both Paul Kolnick and Richard Corman photography to appeal to a younger, broader base. www.nycballet.com
New Jersey Transit
This transportation group had a wide variety of printed timetables, some of which were thick booklets with staples—using a lot of paper. While at 212 Associates, I designed and directed the creation of a new system of templates—with timetables, maps and other information—all crafted for legibility, ease of use, and sustainability. Designers Laura Varrachi and Julie Park brought the program through to Light Rail in Spanish and English languages.
Niels Diffrient and Generalist Ink, LLC
This American master of industrial design wanted to publish his personal journey through a life rich with great clients and useful products. We collaborated in designing the product and the web site to promote it. He was a generous and humorous mentor. I miss him greatly. www.generalist-ink.com
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of America
Automated people movers shown in a few different color and form schemes meant to integrate with a Florida airport brand and that specific physical environment.
Furniture and Textile Design
As a partner in Comfortable Planet I design and prototype multi-functional pieces from solid hardwoods. Sisco & Studio is involved with textile experimentation—hands-on weaving with bacteria-resistent fibers and long-lasting polyesters. Solutions for the home and the hospitality industry, including medical facilities, is of particular interest to me. Edgar Go and his team in Manila made several prototypes for our first 48 designs.
My knowledge of tapestry and the Jacquard powerloom process mixed with my interest in anything graphic has allowed for a business idea to emerge: customized cloth for heirloom or legacy applications in the home or other environments. My mentor, Helena Hernmarck, is an incredible source for learning technique and process. www.hernmark.com
As a true believer and friend to this organization, Sisco & Studio was involved in the documentation of work being done at the Druk White Lotus School in the Ladakh region of India, high in the Himalayas. The children at this growing school needed shade structures and this organization needed the stories and imagery in a format useful for gaining future funding. www.basicinitiative.com
Erie Lackawanna Ferry Terminal
While at 212 Associates, I designed and directed the creation of a typographic system to be integrated into the renovated space in Hoboken that commuters would flow through using ferry service to and from Manhattan. Photographer: Eduard Hubert, prime contractor: STV.
Starwood Hotels and Resorts
Large-scale environment messaging was designed for a world conference and was timed to reveal all of its elements over four days. Use of painter scaffolding, jumbo-format photographs, beaded curtains and cloth strips, and participants created a “wishing tree” with commitments attached to the surface of this enormous entrance to conference auditorium.