David Gibson is co-founder and managing principal of Two Twelve. His dedication to delivering thoughtful, user-centered design established the firm’s reputation as the first advocate of “public information design,” the planning and presentation of complex information to diverse audiences.
David is responsible for some of the firm’s highest profile projects including wayfinding and signage design for the Yale University campus and Radio City Music Hall; master planning and environmental graphic design for Children’s Hospital Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital; identity design and pedestrian signage systems for the City of Charlotte, North Carolina and Downtown Brooklyn; and signage for Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. He has led more recent projects for The Alexandria Center for Life Science on Manhattan’s east side, Princeton University, and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
An internationally recognized and published designer, David began his career with the Ontario Ministry of National Resources in his native Canada. He studied architecture at Cornell University, attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and received an MFA in graphic design from Yale University. He is also an award-winning organic garden designer.
David gives workshops and lectures on the discipline and value of wayfinding design at educational institutions and industry associations across the United States and around the world. He is a past President and Board Member of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), and recently completed his term on the National Board of AIGA. David is author of the award-winning volume The Wayfinding Handbook: Information Design for Public Places, published by Princeton Architectural Press. He was named Fellow of SEGD in 2009, and Chair of SEGD’s Past Presidents Council in 2011.