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Everywhere we go, we encounter implicit and explicit cues to guide us, from environment and behavior to graphics and manuals. In complex environments, these cues become part of a system that can assist people to sort through data, fill out a form, absorb new information, or navigate a place.

That's our realm. We specialize in creating public information design, the planning and presentation of complex information to diverse users and audiences. From signage to strategy, we design thoughtful, user-centric systems designed to navigate, inform, communicate, and create new visions of the world around us.

Our roots are in wayfinding, the art and science of helping people find their way. That's where we got our start, but we’ve since expanded our expertise to diverse and ambitious initiatives. Public or private, these initiatives can only succeed if they are effective in persuading stakeholders. Consulting with leaders in business, institutions and government, we use the tools of information design, data visualization, and interactive media to provide engaging narrative frameworks for big ideas, clarifying supporting information, creating a roadmap for implementation and making these accessible to all. 

So when visitors approach a building or public place, our designs help them to enter it and locate their destinations. And when clients or constituents approach complex information, we help them absorb it by organizing data, images, text, and other components. We tackle these projects strategically, knowing that strong branding and a unified context leads to powerful results. 

clients and collaborators

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc

Alpha Partners

American Airlines Center, Dallas

American Institute of Graphic Arts

Apollo Theater

Arts, Culture, Philanthropy & Advocacy

Atlanta Federal Center

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Barnard College

Bayhealth Medical Center

Bear Stearns

Bellevue Hospital

Beyer Blinder Belle

Bike New York

Bloomberg LP

Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Properties

Brennan Beer Gorman/Architects

Bridgeport Intermodal Transportation Center

Brookfield Properties

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

Brooklyn Museum

Bruce Mau Design

Cambridge Seven Associates

Canizaro Cawthon Davis

Capital Properties

Carnegie Hall

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Central Synagogue

Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A.

Chicago Park District

Cho Benn Holback + Associates

Cigna

Cincinnati Transit Authority

Citibank, N.A.

Citigroup

City of Charlotte

City of Chicago

City of Hartford

Civic Entertainment Group

Cleveland Orchestra

Collins Center for the Arts

Columbia University

Comcast

Cooper, Robertson & Partners

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Cosentini Associates

Counter Restaurant, Manhattan

Daniel Frankfurt, PC

David & Peggy Rockefeller Collection

David M. Schwarz Architects

Davis Brody Bond

DIA Center for the Arts

Disneyland, Anaheim

DMJM Harris

Downtown Alliance

Downtown New York River to River Festival

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

Downtown Partnership of New York

Duke Medical Center

Durham Parks & Recreation Department

Earl Swensson Associates

Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects

Election Assistance Campaign

Empire State Building Company

Empire State Development Corporation

Ennead Architects

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

Five Front, Brooklyn

Flack + Kurtz Inc.

Flad & Associates

Ford Foundation

Grand Central Terminal

Greenberg Consultants Inc.

Gruzen Samton Architects

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture Associates

Hargreaves

Hillwood Development Corp

Hines Limited

Historic Battery Park

HKS, Inc.

HNTB

HOK

Honolulu High Capacity Transit Corridor Project

HR&A Advisors, Inc.

Hudson Fairfax Partners

Hudson River Piers 88 & 90

Clients column 2

Ike Kligerman Barkley

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne University

International Fellowship Fund

Jack L. Gordon Architects

James McCullar & Associates Architects

Jewish Community Center

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Jones Lang LaSalle

Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Lenox Hill Hospital

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lower Manhattan Development Corporation

M. Paul Friedberg and Partners

Macy's Herald Square

Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church

Maestri, LLC

Maryland Transit Administration

Massachusetts Department of Public Works

Massachusetts General Hospital

Meadowlands Xanadu, New Jersey

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Mercy College

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

MetroTech Business Improvement District, Brooklyn

Mets Development Corporation

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Middlebury College

MoMA QNS

Mondawmin Mall, Baltimore

Montgomery College

Montgomery Watson Harza

MTA Long Island Railroad / Long Island Bus

Nashville Symphony Orchestra

NAT's Kids, Brooklyn

New Amsterdam Theatre

New Jersey Transit

New York Botanical Garden

New York City Center

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

New York Institute of Technology

New York Jets and New York Giants

New York Law School

New York State Urban Development Corporation

New York University

New York University Langone Medical Center

New York Zoological Society

Newhouse School of Public Communications

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Northern Arizona University

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

NYC Economic Development Corporation

NYC Housing Authority

NYC Municipal Water Finance Authority

NYC2012 Organizing Committee

Office of the Mayor of New York City

Office of the Mayor of Washington, DC

Ohio University

Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

Packer Collegiate Institute

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Patrick L. Pinnel Architect

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Perkins + Will

Perkins Eastman Architects

Pier 12, Brooklyn

Populous

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Princeton University

Prudential Douglas Elliman

Punahou School

Clients column 3

Quartararo & Associates, Inc

Queens West Development Corporation

Quennell Rothschild & Partners, LLP

R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects

Radio City Music Hall

Rafael Vinoly Architects

Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention

Restaurant Associates

Reynolds Performing Arts Center

Rhode Island Airport Authority

Rhode Island School of Design

Robert Hatfield Ellsworth

Rockefeller Center Retail Concourse

Rockwellgroup

Rubenstein Technology Group

Sam Schwartz Engineering

Scenic Hudson Land Trust

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Severance Hall, Blossom Music Center

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Sound Transit, Washington

South Street Seaport & Marketplace

Sowinski Sullivan

St. Mark's Cathedral

Standard & Poor's

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Steelcase, Inc.

Sterling Equities

Struever Bros., Eccles & Rouse

Stubbins Associates

STV Incorporated

SUNY Albany: Arts & Sciences Building

Swiss Bank Corporation

T. Rowe Price Associates

TAMS Consultants

Ten W Architects

The Art Directors Club, Inc.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

The LA Group

The Liberty Theater

The Mills Corporation

The Municipal Art Society of New York

The Olnick Organization

The Rockefeller Foundation

The Shops at Atlas Park, Queens

The Stubbins Associates

The Whitaker Center, Harrisburg

Thomas Balsley Associates

Tide Point, Baltimore

Times Square Business Improvement District

Tishman Speyer Properties

Towson University

Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie

Trinity College

Tsoi Kobus Architects

Two River Theatre Company

U.S. Japan Council

United States Bureau of the Census

United States Courthouse at Foley Square

United States Post Office

United Way

University at Buffalo, SUNY

University of Maine

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Urban Place Consulting Group Inc

US Tennis Association, Davis Cup

USA Weightlifting National Championships

van Dijk Westlake Reed Leskosky, now: Westlake Reed Leskosky

Van Wagner Communications, LLC

Van Wagner Sports Group, LLC

Victoria Ward Center

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Vornado Realty Trust

Waikiki Business Improvement District Association

Wall Street Pier 11

Wallace Floyd Design Group

Washington Group International

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Weihe Design Group

West Midtown Ferry Terminal

William Nicholas Bodouva + Associates

Women's World Banking

World Championships of Freestyle Wrestling

World Outdoor Target Archery Championships

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Friday
Apr112014

Shots from the Street: #spring #bloom #sun

After what seemed like a perpetual polar vortex, we think it is finally safe to say our puffy coats and mittens can be stored away for spring. The days of sunshine have been few and far between, but it seems they are now here to stay. This latest post in our Shots from the Street series serves as a gracious welcome to Spring and all of its Instagram-able sunshine-y glory.

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Monday
Mar312014

Where Are You?

You are Here by Sam Cox

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Thursday
Feb132014

Image of the Studio: A Portrait of Graphic Design in NYC

 

Last October, Two Twelve participated in Image of the Studio: A Portrait of New York City Graphic Design, an exhibition that created a shared a portrait of what it means to be a New York design studio in 2013. Similar to how we approach design challenges we sought to visually represent our studio's philosophy and aesthetic in a 30'' x 30'' square.

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Friday
Jan172014

Shots from the Street: #dazzle #retro #metro

 

We work on multiple projects at a time for hours each day. While we love what we do, the heavy workload can wear on us and our imaginations from time to time. To ease our minds and avoid falling into one of those ever-dreaded "creative slumps," we find inspiration in everyday activities. Morning commutes, after-work errands, and even seemingly gloomy, rainy days can become muses for art. Here are a few of our favorite recent design inspirations as captured on Instagram.

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Monday
Dec232013

The Ghosts of Christmas

 

Yesterday I pulled into the parking lot at one of the stops on my pre-Christmas Saturday shopping outing. As it happens, a reading of Dickens Christmas Carol was playing on the NPR station, read by a selection WNYC and WQXR radio hosts.

As the story transitioned from the Ghost of Christmas Present to the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, the warm familiar voices gripped my spirit and I started weeping.

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Monday
Sep162013

Why Are We ‘Falling Apart and Falling Behind’?

 

Currently the U.S is operating without a long-term strategy for meeting our national priorities. By understanding the current state of America’s infrastructure, can we learn how to build a sustainable future for ourselves?

Two Twelve worked closely with Building America’s Future Educational Fund to feature these issues in a report, “Falling Apart and Falling Behind.” The report presented a storyline, information hierarchy and critical data in a straightforward way that highlighted the urgency of a growing problem.

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Monday
Sep092013

The Post-Sandy Initiative

 

An Interview with Ouliana Ermolova

What is the project background?

The Post-Sandy Initiative project was born out of the necessity to share expertise and practical knowledge in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The architecture and planning community of New York came together in a collaborative effort and used their experience to make thoughtful recommendations. The project was organized by AIA New York Chapter (AIANY) and the AIANY’s Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfFRR) in collaboration with a group of like-minded professional organizations; it involved development of the report, creation of the exhibition  (which has been on view at the Center for Architecture since this past May) and a website.

The content was developed from volunteer working groups that were organized by specific areas of investigation: transportation and infrastructure, housing, critical and commercial building, waterfront, zoning and codes.

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Friday
Jun072013

Street Smarts

 

By David Gibson

I'm sitting in the window of a restaurant in Chelsea looking out at the streetscape, reminiscing about a great little restaurant that used to sit across the street. Called Eighteenth and Eighth, it was a cozy place in a handsome early nineteenth-century brick row house. That building was a fragment of old New York. Alas it and its two neighbors have been replaced by an ugly bank that adds nothing to the neighborhood and looks like any bank anywhere.

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Friday
Apr192013

Placemaking in Provo


 An Interview with Sharmi Patel

Two Twelve was recently selected to develop a comprehensive wayfinding and signage system for the city of Provo, Utah. Sharmi Patel is a Senior Designer who has been at Two Twelve for 3 years and is a senior designer on the team for the Downtown Provo City Wayfinding project.

What were you doing in Provo?

We went to Utah to kick off the downtown Provo wayfinding project. Our first step in all downtown wayfinding projects is to conduct site surveys, interview stakeholders, and generally get to know the town in order to proceed with our wayfinding analysis, strategy, and design. One of the groups we met with in Provo was the Strike Force, a group comprised of city government officials and others who meet regularly to work on initiatives to better Provo. One of the gentlemen on the Strike Force told us that we happened to be in town on the first day of the new FrontRunner suburban train service. The ribbon cutting was happening later that day and he invited us to attend. This was a great opportunity for us to witness first hand how the community runs and what the people and culture of Provo are like.

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Tuesday
Feb122013

212 Day

Today is February 12th, 2013 - in other words 2/12/13. For us, that makes it Two Twelve Day. Sometime in the mid 1980's I realized that this company, founded at 212 York Street in New Haven and located for almost thirty years in the 212 area code, could lay claim to one of the days in the year and make it ours. So what does it mean? Is it just another day? After all one day can seem much like all of the others on the annual calendar...

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