Featured Projects

The Santa Fe Opera

The Perelman Center

MGM Springfield

Bloomberg Sustainability 2012

Metlife Stadium

City of Richmond, VA



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About Us

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


Cincinnati Transit Authority

Citibank, N.A.


City of Charlotte

City of Chicago

City of Hartford

Civic Entertainment Group

Cleveland Orchestra

Collins Center for the Arts

Columbia University


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


Hillwood Development Corp

Hines Limited

Historic Battery Park

HKS, Inc.



Honolulu High Capacity Transit Corridor Project

HR&A Advisors, Inc.

Hudson Fairfax Partners

Hudson River Piers 88 & 90

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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


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 Health

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


Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Princeton University

Prudential Douglas Elliman

Punahou School

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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


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




A Reflection on my Summer Internship

By Madeleine Lyon

It is my final day at Two Twelve and I am currently looking out from the window closest to me and admiring the view for as long as I possibly can. As somebody who has never spent a decent amount of time in a large, developed city, this all feels like some sort of daydream. The summer here has been so bright and charming it is downright ethereal. I sit in the moment and I can barely remember, or even care to remember, what my hometown looks like. I arrived what seemed to be a day ago, but months have passed and soon, so shall my co-op. I will have to drag all of my belongings to LaGuardia early next morning and within a blink, a breath, and a few tears, I will be back in what I thought was the only place I would ever truly love. 

On May 1st I arrived in Manhattan expecting looming, sinister, futurist structures and billowing clouds of smog to block out the sun like some sort of nineteenth century industrialist dystopia. I was prepared to be shoved into the street by uncaring businesspeople commuting to some some bleak cubicle, be stolen from, suffer countless panic attacks, be catcalled, or even assaulted. None of that happened. My convoluted perception of New York, crawling out of the primordial depths of the shallow ideological koi pond of suburban thought, evaporated as soon as I caught a glimpse of what I would soon call my home for four months.

The light from the clearly present sky illuminated the clear, uncrowded sidewalks. The gentle breeze didn’t bring any sort of noxious fog. It was as clear and as natural as the skies above. People of all sorts strolled by and they weren’t loud or forceful. Over time I would even meet some of them and find some incredibly sweet, creative, and outgoing individuals just by my early commute.

I thought it would be incredibly loud but I have found peace in parks, coffee shops, and even within the crowds. When I draw here, which I often do, I draw from a fantastical point of view. This is significant as it means that I am comfortable enough to think creatively and dream. When my mind is clouded I see only what is before me. Not only that, but people have also approached me and have complemented me on my drawings. In a place like Cincinnati there is an unspoken concept of personal space that spans a yard in diameter where most people can’t even bear to look each other in the eye without shuddering. In Manhattan I have experienced confidence with creativity and conversation that may have been borne out of the necessity to stand out in the vibrant crowds but is appreciated nonetheless.

I walked into work the first day beneath the vibrant sunlight and left my first evening feeling like I had known these employees for weeks. I am a very withdrawn person so during the entirety of a co-op semester, anyone who wasn’t my supervisor would be lucky to extract more than one paragraph’s worth on non work-related conversation. During the past few months it has been made clear to me that the current composition of Two Twelve has been meticulously selected, both voluntarily and involuntarily, so that they functioned both as great workers and friends. Contrary to the occupations I have witnessed before, the welcoming atmosphere, magnetic personalities, impressive skill sets, reasonable hours, and engaging group activities have people wanting to work here. I have grown to respect everyone here and will hopefully continue to do so whether it is in person or looking back on memories of what was. I will hopefully leave them with a shared knowledge and respect that is unique to this place and will ultimately change my outlook on my classes, future career choices, and my life going forward.

I could ramble on for hours about the fresh ideas and lessons I have witnessed in the workplace and in New York in general, or what was probably brought back to Cincinnati from New York from a design and cultural basis…but then I might as well draft and publish a memoir the size of a novella, and I doubt I can do that within the eight hours of my last day so hopefully this reflection will do.

With Warm Regards,

Madeleine Lyon - Intern at Two Twelve from May 8th 2017 to August 17th, 2017


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