Environmental Graphics & Wayfinding

Yes, walls do talk. What do your walls tell your customers and your team members about your company and your brand?

Our EGD work creates a sense of place, helps people find their way, and communicates your culture, values and purpose to create a meaningful experience with all user groups.

We work together with architects, interior designers, landscape architects, planners, owners, developers and contractors to create wayfinding systems, branded and interpretive graphics that improve, enhance and enlighten user’s experience

We provide dependable bid documents and construction administration services to ensure your project is faithful to the approved design, on-budget and finished on schedule.

EGD Services

Identity and Brand Communication Incorporating elements of your brand visuals and messaging in graphics and signage that communicate who you are as a company and what you stand for.

Wayfinding A thoughtful wayfinding program serves to visually unifies a site, creating a unique sense of place that reflects the brand’s identity in the environmental form.

Exhibit and Donor Recognition Engaging visitors in interactive participatory experiences that engage, educate and inspire in meaningful ways.

Select Projects

Frontier RTP (project in progress)
The former IBM building has become a hub of creativity and entrepreneurial activity with co-working, event and office space. Our studio is providing wayfinding design and environmental graphics services for this dynamic collaborative workplace.

Revolution Mill Campus, Greensboro, NC (completed 2018)
Revolution Mill turned a historic flannel mill into a mixed-use campus designed for creative work and living, transforming it into Greensboro’s hottest destination. We provided wayfinding design and environmental graphics for Revolution Mill, which includes more than 100 businesses, meeting & conference facilities, 150 loft apartments, outdoor performance spaces, public art galleries, restaurants, coffee shops, and greenway trails.

Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University (completed 2016)
Environmental design work included architectural signage and donor recognition displays that encouraged student participation with an interactive student gallery space. The 70,000-square-foot building is LEED Platinum Certified.

Hudson Building at the Duke Eye Center, Duke University (completed 2015)
Architectural signage and donor recognition signage plan honoring major building donors for the 4-floor, 116,00 square foot facility.

Duke School of Nursing, Duke University (completed 2014)
The 45,000-square foot addition to the Christine Siegler Pearson Building required a complete redesign of the wayfinding program for entire building. Additional services included donor recognition displays and signage plan for exterior spaces.

School of Medicine Building, Duke University (completed 2013)
The first new home for medical education at Duke since 1930 required wayfinding design, environmental graphics and donor recognition signage. The innovative six-story, 104,000-square-foot health education building houses a lecture hall, meeting rooms, classrooms, student activity areas, and state-of-the-art simulation labs.

Duke Center for Living Campus, Duke University (completed 2010)
Located in the woods of Duke Forest, the Center for Living Campus at Duke is home to a host of health and wellness programs. We designed a new exterior way finding system to make the campus easier to navigate by providing clear information while infusing Duke branding throughout the beautiful 26-acre wooded campus.

Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham, NC (completed 2008)
Wayfinding design and donor recognition for DPAC, the largest performing arts center in the Carolinas. In its 10 seasons, DPAC has exceeded expectations drawing nearly 5 million visitors with over 200 performances a year including Broadway productions, high-profile concert and comedy events. In each of the last eight years, it has ranked among the top five best-attended of all U.S. theaters.

What our clients say about our work…

The vision to revitalize Revolution Mill from historic property into creative work and living space required a completely new wayfinding scheme to make navigating the campus easy and infuse the Revolution Mill branding into the user experience. The wayfinding system system developed by Nancy Frame Design has dramatically improved visitors and newcomers ability to confidently find their way on campus. NFD's concept for modern sign designs compliment the 120 year old historic mill structure, stylishly visualizing our mission to repurpose and revitalize. The new wayfinding system has received very positive feedback from our tenants.

Micah Kordsmier, Development Manager, Self-Help

Nancy Frame Design was the environmental graphics consultant for the Durham Performing Arts Center. This was a very complex project for way finding, and NFD devised a simple elegant plan for signage so that patrons could easily find their way to their seats and amenities. Their designs for the signs are a lovely addition to the building and fit very nicely with the overall aesthetics. Working with Nancy was a pleasure, I would not hesitate to hire her firm again. I am very happy to give NFD my enthusiastic recommendation.

Rhonda Zack, Project Manager/Designer, RND Architects